The best places to get your craft supplies.
The UAE is slowly but surely getting craft friendly. As we found out when we visited these wonderful craft and art supply stores. In this post we cover Dubai, but there’s more to come and we soon plan to fuel up and visit Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Now there’s no reason to panic when you run out of Turquoise fabric dye JIDI1459 with color intensifier (it’s available at Creative Minds in Barsha).
Craftland is a beautiful store that has a large range of supplies for knitting, quilting and sewing crafts. We saw lovely fabrics, threads, dyes, pattern books and even sewing machines for sale. Additionally they have a number of quilting and embroidery classes for all skill levels. Craftland is located at Town Centre in Jumeriah. Get in touch on +971 4 3422237
We found a huge variety of gorgeous crystals and beads for jewellery making here. They even have a higher costing Swarovski range. Cords, clasps, glue and various tools to get you going are available at pretty affordable prices here. Crystal House is located at Al Hana Centre in Satwa. Get in touch on +971 4 3989380.
Nippur Trading, Fida General Trading and Al Qamzi
Our go-to places for all types of trinkets and baubles. All you need is your imagination to create something wonderful with what you find in these stores. Jewellery makers will find beads, metals, clasps, links and cords. There’s also a quirky range of fabrics, buttons and tools for any type of sewing craft. They refresh their stock regularly and are surprisingly on trend – we found eye popping neon fabrics on a recent visit. These shops are small spaces and get crowded pretty quickly in the evenings. Be ready to dive right in and hunt for bargains. Nippur, Fida and Al Qamzi are located in the Satwa Market. Get in touch with Nippur Trading +971 4 3492446, Fida General Trading +971 4 3444008, Al Qamzi +971 4 3440063.
A section of this store is devoted to a wide range of art and craft supplies including glass paints, screen printing kits, clay and craft wood. We spotted lots of kid-friendly crafting kits. The rest of the store stocks toys and party costumes. Should you have the urge to dress up as a genie while building a birdhouse, this is probably the place to find all you need. Creative Minds is located in Al Barsha. Get in touch on +971 4 3237180
The friendliest bunch of staff we’ve met in a while. We found a huge range of supplies for scrapbooking, decoupage, card making, quilling and pretty much anything related to paper crafting. They also stock crafting clay, moulds, paints, stencils and more from the Martha Stewart collection. We spotted die-cutting machines of various sizes as well. Paperlane is located at Town Centre in Jumeirah. Get in touch on +971 4 3443633
We found another gem nestled in Green Community. If you don’t live around the area it can be a bit trying to get there, but this store has a lot to offer. You will find all you need to get started with paper craft – Glues, stamps, patterned paper, colors, cute trinkets for embellishment and everything in between. Owner Annais told us they even create their own range of handmade stencils and sell them in the store. They also organize various workshops on decoupage, card making, scrapbooking and other related paper crafts. Creative Hands is located in the Green Community. Get in touch on +971 4 8849343
On The Web
We were excited to find 2 home grown web shops for art and craft supplies.
Wild Warehouse was founded by Debbie Wild and stocks a huge range of supplies – Embossing Powders, Ink Pads, Die Cutters, Twine and Trims, Adhesives and various other craft material. Prices are reasonable and buyers can pay via Credit Card or PayPal and if you are within the UAE, you can choose Cash On Delivery too. Find it here
Pretty Paper Studio definitely looks the part. It’s a lovely looking site that sells a range of supplies and materials for paper crafting. Started by Neelu in 2012, we love their blog with its many tutorials (using supplies available in their online shop). They are also very active on Facebook and throw up regular crafty challenges with prizes to win. Buyers can pay via Cash on Delivery (within UAE) and Bank Transfer. Find it here
We had to mention…
You will rarely find anything costing above AED 7 at this chain store that’s pretty much everywhere in the UAE. We love this Japanese outlet because we never know what we might stumble across. While not catering exclusively to art and craft supplies, we know many a crafter who has found treasures here to use in their own work. We could go on but visit Daiso and see for yourself. Find Daiso everywhere.
That’s this edition’s list. If your favorite art and craft supply store isn’t here and you think it should be, hit us up in the comments. Now go forth and create!