We are lucky to live in a town with no shortage of artistic inspiration. Between the mountains, the water, and all the green in between you don’t have to go far to find inspiration for a new project. Not only is inspiration close at hand, but the materials you need to make your craft project a reality can also be found at any one of a number of great Seattle craft shops. Here is a list of just a few quality craft supply shops in Seattle.
Stitches holds a special place in my heart because it was here that I first used a sewing machine in one of their introductory sewing courses. Located at 711 East Pike near Broadway, this store has everything you need for your next sewing project no matter what the scale. Never sewn in your life? Sign up for an intro sewing class and learn all the basics in the store’s upstairs work space. Crafting a costume for Burning Man? The store staff are professionals at executing your craziest ideas that still meet the festival’s “nothing left behind” policy. They really can handle it all!
This little gem of a yarn store is tucked away in a shopping center in Madison Valley near the Arboretum. Filled to the brim with luxe yarns, this shop is the perfect stop if you want to make a high quality knit project. Beyond just yarn, Tricoter is the place to go to build your crafting community as well. The front of the store is filled with two large tables where you can always find a group of people knitting and working out their projects together. The store makes their own patterns and the staff is always ready and willing to help you with your projects.
Alexander’s Bead Bazaar is a family business that has been around for over 30 years. This store is the perfect trifecta of craft supply stores. It has quality merchandise, reasonable prices, and is conveniently located in the University District. They have everything from basic seed beads to high quality gems and pearls. If you are hankering to make some jewelry, skip the bead aisle at a big box craft store and head to Alexander’s.
Home Cake Decorating Supply Co.
Home Cake has been a staple of Maple Leaf for decades and with good reason. The store is stocked from floor to ceiling (literally) with everything you would ever need to make baked goods. Want to make a 4 tiered purple pterodactyl cake with lemon filling and a tail that lights up with sparklers? No dream is too crazy for this store to handle. Just walk right in, ask the owner how to make it, and she will guide you on your journey. She also sells fondant that tastes good – a miracle in and of itself.
Home Cake does not have a website, but you can visit the shop 9514 Roosevelt Way NW in Maple Leaf. They are open T-F 10 - 6 and Saturdays 10 - 4.
Drygoods Design is like a secret society crafting store. To even get into the place, you have to walk through a coffee shop in Ballard and take the back stairs up to the shop. Once you get in, this sweet little shop has the perfect balance of beautiful craft supplies and premade home goods. Their fabric selection is perfectly edited so you don’t have to sort through a pile of ugly prints to find that clean modern pattern you were hoping for.
For those of you that are already Drygoods fans, I am here to let you know that they are moving! As of August 29 they will be operating out of a new space at 301 Occidental Ave. S in Pioneer Square. The new location provides more space, more home décor items, and even their own front door! Swing by the grand opening party on September 5 to check it out for yourself!
For those of you that are leather-friendly, MacPherson is heaven on earth. If you are planning a large project – reupholstering a chair for example – MacPherson has beautiful leathers you can buy in large quantities. For those of you just wanting to do a small project, maybe a leather bracelet or a bag, you can raid their scrap pile and get all the leather you want for under $10 a pound. Beyond the merchandise, the staff at MacPherson is top notch, possessing the patience of saints when it comes to questions from beginners.
Now that you know where to shop, let the Pacific Northwest inspiration wash over you!