I created Blue Octopus Stitchcraft because I wanted to solve a problem that so many of us face:
Stitching is really relaxing but sometimes the process of gathering all of the needed supplies is a hassle.
As fun as shopping for the right supply can be, it also takes a lot of preplanning and forethought. (Anyone else sometimes feel like even Yelping is too much work sometimes?)
Below is a list of some of my go-to spots for supplies.
These categories are listed in order of my preference.
Locally-owned craft supply stores.--I love being able to support small businesses in my community. By shopping there, I know I am helping to fund good jobs that have a positive influence on my local economy. For you Seattle-area folks, here is a small (and by no means exhaustive!) list of some of my favorite spots in the area:
- Stitches on Capitol Hill--fabric, embroidery supplies, yarn, ribbons, etc., and classes; friendly staff
- DryGoods Design in Pioneer Square--this place is like a candy store for stitchers. They have a smaller but gorgeously curated collection of fabrics and other supplies.
- Esther's Fabrics on Bainbridge--big selection, and I don't mind using Esther's as an excuse to take a relaxing scenic ferry ride across the sound.
- Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge--a Mecca for knitters
- Small online businesses--If the small-scale shops nearby don't have what I need or want, my next stop is to seek out other indie online stores. Some of my faves:
- Big box stores--If I need something right away and can't get it though small businesses, my final option is to try JoAnn or Michaels. I ended up sourcing my bamboo hoops though Michaels. They have a huge, comprehensive collection and almost always have sales going, so it's worth trying to time your purchase with a discount.
Tell us below: what are your favorite go-to spots for stitching supplies?