DIY & Crafter’s Guide to Seattle

Welcome to my second edition of the DIY & Crafter’s Guide to Seattle. A few things have changed since I created this list. Some businesses are no longer with us, some have moved, and then COVID-19 happened. With the new world of living during a pandemic, our supply options may or may not have be limited. Recently I’ve done some online shopping instead of in-person, but as restrictions start to ease up keep an eye on the stores hours of operations.

Whether it is fabric, yarn, tile, beads, glue, or plain old inspiration, this guide lists 29 of my favorite places to shop for materials in the area. The guide lists the shops out by neighborhood, as well as 🛍️ indicates which stores have an online shop to help you find what you’re looking for. If you are familiar with Seattle you might have visited these places before, and if you are NOT familiar with Seattle hopefully this will aid you on your next visit.



BALLARD

Tea Cozy Yarn Shop
If you are a knitter this is where you find all types of yarn, needles, notions and patterns.
5816 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 783-3322

Lucca
Every time I walk into this store I feel transported to Paris. I don’t know what it is, but I love this store! They carry all kinds of gifts, decor, and paper goods. I always find a little treasure here to incorporate into one of my crafts. 🛍️
5332 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle ,WA 98107 · (206) 782-7337

The Palm Room
The staff is very knowledgable and helpful here, and can set you up with all the components to make yourself a great indoor terrarium.
5336 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 782-7256


INTERBAY

Michaels
The Interbay location is fairly new to the Ballard neighborhood. Tucked away in between Queen Anne hill and Magnolia, this was a needed location for city dwellers who love their selection. 🛍️
1700 W Armory Way, Seattle, WA 98119 · (206) 279-1550


GREENWOOD

Seattle ReCreative
Minimize your footprint by shopping lightly used and donated art materials sold at a fraction of retail price.
8408 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 297-1528

The Fiber Gallery
During a trip to Sweden I met the owner of this lovely shop!
8212 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 706-4197


WALLINGFORD

Paper Delights
This store looks as beautiful as the items they carry. Cards, gifts, paper and invitations. If you are a paper lover, you must stop here. 🛍️
2205 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 279-1550


UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

Artist and Craftsman Supply
The shop is easy to miss because it’s tucked in the basement of the building. Park in the lot across the street and enter in the the back. Don’t miss all the paper supplies in the back of the store. 🛍️
4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 545-0091

University Bookstore
This might seem like an odd place to go for craft supplies, but if you go to the basement level of the store, you will find their Art department. I spent a lot of time and money here in college, but I find that they always have a good selection of paper. They carry a little bit of everything…to help satisfy that crazy art student. :) Plus you can always visit their art book section to gather some inspiration or instructional books. 🛍️
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 634-3400

Paper Source
They have a location in University Village and Queen Anne. A great source to find paper, ribbon, cards, stamping supplies, and gifts. 🛍️
2606 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 523-3683

Ravenna Gardens
This is not your typical garden shop. This local shop carries a ton of cool containers, gifts and decor.
2600 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 729-7388

Acorn Street Shop
Tucked away just north of University Village is this great neighborhood knitting shop.
2818 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 525-1726

Hardwicks
The craziest hardware shop I’ve ever been in. You could get lost in the aisles here while searching for your next inspiration. 🛍️
4214 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 632-1203


MAPLELEAF

Home Cake
I have a hard time describing this store. Only that you can go into this store with the craziest cake idea and come out with all of the supplies. The owner is super helpful and is extremely knowledgeable.
9514 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 522-4300

Beadworld
This great bead shop is next to the Home Cake shop so you can hit up both. They have a very large selection of beads and fasteners.
9524 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 523-0530

Maple Leaf Hardware
Crafters know that browsing the aisles of the hardware store means coming back with loads of inspiration. I also get lots of smiles when I tell the customer service rep “I’m doing this craft…” :) I love this particular hardware store because the staff is super helpful.
9000 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 522-3324

Art Tile Co.
The folks at Art Tile are super helpful, informative and they have a great selection.
8511 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 523-3032


DOWNTOWN

Paper Hammer
With their studios based out of Tieton, WA., this brick and mortar store is filled with some amazing letterpress and book-binding goods. Letterpress gives me goose bumps! 🛍️
1400 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 · (206) 682-3820

Kinokuniya Bookstore
Not only is this bookstore connected to the Uwajimaya grocery store, they carry a great selection of Asian gifts and home goods in the bookstore. There you can find all the washi tape and pens that you can dream of. 🛍️
600 5th Ave S Ste 100, Seattle, WA 98104 · (206) 624-6248


CAPITOL HILL

Blick Art Materials
Like Daniel Smith, this is a good resource for traditional art supplies. They do carry some unique materials for crafting. Parking is a little difficult on the street, but they validate in the parking garage below the store. 🛍️
1600 Broadway Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 324-0750

The Elliot Bay Book Company
This longtime local bookstore moved from Pioneer Square to Capital Hill in 2010. Stop here to browse your favorite subject whether its crafting, art, gardening or cooking. They host many author book signings during the year, so check their website for the latest. A bonus is they have a cute little café in the back of the store! 🛍️
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 624-6600

Stitches
Little quaint fabric store with lots of in-store classes to choose from. 🛍️
711 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 709-0707


PIONEER SQUARE

Drygoods Design
Moved from Ballard to Pioneer Square a few years ago. This beautiful corner shop overlooking Occidental Park, has beautiful unique fabrics and gifts as well as offers amazing classes. 🛍️
301 Occidental Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98104 · (206) 535-6950

MacPherson Leather
Tucked away in between Pioneer Square and the International District is this great leather shop. 🛍️
519 12th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144 · (206) 328-0855 

Peter Miller Books
Boutique book store featuring architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape design books. Whether you come here for browsing or purchasing, you will always leave with inspiration. Employees are very knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask what you are looking for. 🛍️
304 Alaskan Way S, Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98104 · (206) 441-4114


SODO

Daniel Smith
If you are looking more traditional artist supplies this is one of the go-to places in Seattle. They also do a lot of demos, so check their website for the latest.
4150 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 · (206) 223-9599

Pacific Fabrics
They used to have another location in the Northgate neighborhood, but now the SODO location is the only one. They not only carry a good selection of upholstery fabrics, they have a good selection of craft supplies as well. 🛍️
2230 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134 · (206) 628-6237


ONLINE SOURCES

Fusion Beads
I loved this bead store. They were right in my neighborhood…until they decided to just do online sales. Nonetheless, they have a huge selection of beads to choose from. You can purchase entire projects from their website, including downloadable instructions and techniques. I always refer to their site when I’m creating jewelry.

Shipwreck Beads
This is the “Costco” of bead stores. It’s huge…and amazing. If you’re ever taking a road trip south to PDX, take a detour and stop by in Lacey, WA.


Tell me about some of YOUR favorite stores in the area by leaving them in the comments! :)

Longest Day

The Longest Day

What is The Longest Day? It’s where people and teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity. It’s held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014. So on the longest day of the year I set out to honor those living with, and caring for people with Alzheimer’s.

I decided to do a little twist on the Longest Day by throwing an all-day craft open house. I invited my friends over for some snacks and some crafting…and if they felt the calling, to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. Now I didn’t expect people to show up ready to craft at 5:11 AM (sunrise) however I did get up at that time and prepared for the day. To be honest, after getting drinks and breakfast, I didn’t sit down to start crafting until about 6:00 AM.

The day in whole brought a few friends over…some with their own crafts in hand, and some without. They all left with something completed though! It was a tiring yet great experience that ended at 9:11 PM when I finally walked away from my table and laid down on the couch. I looked through all my Instagram photos to see what I accomplished!! Here is a little taste…

collage

I started off the day out with painted wooden bead key chains. The painting was a nice way to ease into the day for it was nice and relaxing.

key chain

Crepe paper flowers from the book Paper to Petal. For those of you who haven’t seen this book, it’s beautiful. I hadn’t made the flowers before so I started with one that looked fairly easy. I definitely will be attempting more of these fun floral goodies!

flowers

Since I had all day to craft, I thought what a better time to use up some random leftovers. I had some scrap leather so I whipped up this key chain! I love the bronze leather.

leather key chain

Of course more wooden beads turned into an ombré necklace.

ombre necklace

Now came the first craft fail of the day. There will inevitably be one right? I tried my hand at a beaded crochet rope bracelet. Oh my. I couldn’t get past the first six beads. My friend, who in mind is a beading master, couldn’t even figure it out. We looked up how to videos and all. She ended up bringing it home with her to try again. Latest report on the bracelet fail is that she was planning on asking her mother. Hilarious!

After lunch I attempted to gold leaf a little porcelain bowl. ANOTHER craft fail. I was losing my mojo at this point and melted a plastic container all over my sink. I chalk this up to the skiing phenomenon. You are always on your game in the morning, and going into your lunch break at the lodge you are feeling stocked. But once you go back out on the slopes after eating it’s like the mountain just grew twice its size and your legs have suddenly turned into jello. Sigh.

I didn’t want to continue the second half of the day like this so, I scaled back on my crafts a bit. I made a fabric covered wire word with some cute shabby chic fabric. Turned out cute! I was back on track.

wire words

Now that I was feeling better about my crafting skills, I created these cute wrapped carabiners featured in the June edition of Martha Stewart magazine. I used the suede trim they used on one, but I used some Petit Pan cloth ribbon on the other. I loved how these turned out!

carabiners

Lastly, my crafting cohort from tinsel + trim brought over some more notions from Petit Pan and I made this cute fabric bracelet. After what might have been an hour of trying to open a split ring, we realized there is a tool for that. Sigh. I ended the day with a few broken nails and a completed bracelet.

petit pan fabric bracelet

So, would I do it again? Definitely! It was a test in my energy and I only did it one day. Imagine the energy it takes to care for those suffering with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis. It’s only a fraction of what they do day in and day out. I respect and honor those who care for my loved ones.

Thanks to those who came over on Saturday! It means a lot to me that you stand with me.

 

And the craftiness begins…

This is me in about 2nd grade. I was obsessed with this book called the S.S. Happiness Ship. My parents gave me one of the stuffed animal characters, Tasha the Elephant and I decided she needed a home. That is when I rounded up all the spare cardboard boxes in the house and crafted this giant ship. Since then I think I’ve perfected my cutting and taping abilities, but back then I thought this was a masterpiece.

Before the launching of the S.S. Happiness Ship, my parents realized I had a affinity for art at an early age. They encouraged my creativity with art lessons as I was always making, drawing or rigging something up with whatever I could find around the house. Clubhouses, boats, E.T. spaceships or Ewok villages…you name it, I made it. I think after a few years of always using up my mother’s roll of masking tape she brilliantly decided to share with Santa that I needed my OWN roll of tape. Santa obliged, and gave me my own tape every year for Christmas in my stocking. I was in heaven.

Now my skills have gotten better and I’ve decided it’s time to share my love of arts and crafts with others. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.