Discover the best online craft stores in the UK
Nothing beats a trip to a craft store! Whether you’re visiting your local shop or perusing craft supplies online, it’s a chance to indulge your creative passions by discovering the latest craft trends, stocking up your craft supplies, buying a new craft kit or trying out a new hobby – such as crocheting or knitting.
But where to start? There are so many options for where you can buy craft tools and materials that you can spend ages searching where to go. Online shopping has made it much easier to buy specialist craft equipment without the need to go into a physical shop and having them delivered to your door means less time travelling and more time for craft projects – sounds good to us!
So we’ve created a handy guide to the best craft stores in the UK to make it easier for you, some are online only and others have shops too – the question is what will you buy first?
Best craft store for budget crafting:
The Works is a good value retailer that sells an extensive range of books, art and craft materials, gifts, toys, games and stationery. Because their craft supplies are so affordable it’s a great place to stock up for craft activities for the kids and art supplies like paints. It's also got a decent range of yarns for knitters and lots of affordable materials for crafts such as card making.
Best craft store for seasonal crafts:
Hobbycraft provides all your essential arts and crafts supplies from arts, crafts and making and to baking. They host a variety of workshops and demos online and in-store, designed to give everyone the opportunity to master a new craft. Whether you’re crafting for Easter, Halloween or Christmas, they have some great ideas for brilliant makes.
Best craft store for specialist materials:
Amazon is useful for many things, especially crafts! They have an Art & Craft Supplies Store, which boasts great prices on a wide range of different art and craft supplies. Check out their featured categories which include fabric, canvas, art paper, yarn and thread and – best of all – you can often find usual craft materials you can’t find anywhere else such as badge maker machines. They're also great for bigger craft buys such as sewing machines and Cricut machines.
Best craft store for fabrics:
Pop to John Lewis for its fab range haberdashery range, as well as a wide selection of arts and crafts materials for both children and adults such as knitting and crochet kits, painting and drawing materials, clay kits, jewellery making, bead kits and craft accessories that you can buy in-store or online.
Best craft store for yarns:
Sewers and yarn crafters will find all their craft supplies needs met at Love Crafts, an online craft store and community where you can buy craft supplies for cross stitch, clothes making and knitting.
Best craft store for quick crafts:
If you enjoy crafting with your family then Baker Ross have endless craft kits for every occasion which are quick and easy to do and often involve painting and embellishing.
Best craft store for papercraft supplies:
Scrapbookers and card makers will love the extensive selection of art and craft supplies at The Range, in particular they have a great selection of papers, scrapbooking supplies, stickers and embellishments – perfect for all your paper craft needs.
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Best craft store for trending crafts:
Craft & Hobby
Heard of a new craft and want to give it a go? Craft & Hobby has a large range of art supplies and helpful craft accessories to get you started on whichever craft you’d like to try next.
Best craft store for independent sellers:
The best place shop for handmade gifts, Etsy also has an array of arts and craft supplies, crochet patterns, knitting patterns and endless yards of yarn to keep your hooks and needles in action. You’ll also be supporting small independent craft businesses when you shop here.
Best craft store for techniques:
Try your hand at everything from decoupage to sequin crafting with a large range of craft kits or browse their brilliant book shop for all the latest craft book releases so you can get inspired and learn new skills.
Best craft store for craft tools:
Papermill Direct has a range of craft supplies that will help you with your next project whether it’s card making or drawing and their coloured pens and pencils are perfect for creating colourful and high-quality pictures. Their craft supplies will assist you with your all your craft creations, such as cutting mats and scissors.
Best craft store for multi-crafts:
Fred Aldous Ltd
The north of England’s best-known craft store, you’ll find branches of Fred Aldous in Leeds and Manchester. Here you can wander aisles of supplies in their art shop and haberdashery. They also have an online craft shop so wherever you are, you can shop their supplies.
Best craft store for branded craft products:
Create and Craft
Avid crafters will be aware of the many craft brands that exist so if you have a favourite the best place to buy their latest products and get good deals is from craft shopping channel Create and Craft.
Best craft store for art projects:
You’ll find an impressive range of art materials at Cass Art from sketch pads to paintbrushes and pencils that are perfect for some mindful colouring in.
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