Feeling crafty? Philadelphia is stocked with craft establishments that will fulfill your creative cravings and keep your stash of supplies fully stocked. Whether you are into knitting, beading, painting, scrapbooking, drawing or mosaics, there is something for everyone.
Hours: Mon to Wed, Fri, Sun- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs and Sat- 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Beadworks has become a staple of South Philadelphia and has been serving the DIY community since 1993. Beadworks carries an array of gemstones, artisan glass, and pearls that are available for wholesale and individual purchase. This little gem of a shop also holds in-store classes to help jewelry makers of any skill level. Beadworks is your one stop shop for beginning your jewelry-making hobby.
Hours: Tue to Sat- 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Art Star is a local boutique nestled just outside of the Piazza in Northern Liberties. This boutique carries all kinds of goods crafted by artists all across the continental U.S. as well as accessories, housewares, jewelry, men’s and women’s apparel, and paper goods. Along with being a unique boutique, Art Star hosts the annual Art Star Craft Bazaar, the largest outdoor craft show in Philadelphia.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Loop began as an online store, initially reaching out to new friends from across the country. One day, the shop put down the needle and yarn to open up its very own storefront in Graduate Hospital. Loop has a large selection of yarn that comes in a variety of colors, plus patterns, needles and accessories. Along with being your one-stop-shop for knitting, Loop also provides a variety of classes for any skill set. Head to Loop today to create your next knitting masterpiece or just to sit down and relax.
Hours: Tue to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The art of fine needlepoint is hard to come by. At Rittenhouse Needlepoint, be prepared to go from novice to expert quickly with the series of classes and the variety of sewing products and accessories. Don’t be intimidated if it’s your first time with a needle and thread; Rittenhouse Needle gives every beginner their first class on the house. Become a sewing expert in no time at this unique craft store.
Hours: Wed to Fri- 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sat- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues by appointment only
Casa Papel is the paper specialty store to go to for all of your decorating needs. Located in Northern Liberties, Casa Papel provides distinctive designs for all special occasions and works to aid your creativity on putting your events in a book to keep. The store has endless colors and types of paper, envelopes, tools for rent (in case you are an avid DIY crafter) and options for bookbinding. The task of creating an invitation has never been simpler. Head to Casa Papel today for all of your paper sourcing needs.
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