As someone who enjoys a bit of a crafternoon (instagram.com/smallfry.stitches, if you’re curious), sometimes you just want to stock up on supplies somewhere that doesn’t rhyme with shmotlight… Whether you’re into papercrafts, painting, knitting or cross stitch, these local stores are staffed with crafting pros that can help anyone from amateur to experts.
Potter & Co
This might be Perth’s chicest fabric store. Tucked away on a suburban street in North Perth, Potter & Co stock a beautifully curated range of linen, cotton, denim, Japanese wool and more. And when you browse their instagram and see what their customers have sewn, you might just be inspired to have a go at sewing something too.
3 Auckland Street, North Perth
Calico and Ivy
This cute as a button Mosman Park store is home to a charming collection of fabric, yarns, felt and patterns. It’s worth checking out their newsletter, too, as they have an impressive roster of classes in topics from knitting, smocking and embroidery, to quilting, crochet and sewing – including from visiting experts. If you ever wanted to learn a craft, now is the time!
10 Glyde Street, Mosman Park
Stitchers Corner is an absolute treasure trove for anyone interested in cross stitch, embroidery, or any other needlework crafts. As well as being staffed by needlework experts, Stitchers Corner manages to keep their prices competitive with larger chain stores. And if you ever need a Star Wars themed cross stitch kit… this is where to get it.
34 Mint Street, East Victoria Park
Crossways Wool and Fabric
Conveniently located across from my favourite laksa spot. Definitely a must-visit for any aspiring knitters, Crossways Wool and Fabric is little yet filled to the brim with all the wool and yarn you could dream of, at heaps of price points – so whether you’re looking for a luxurious merino or alpaca wool, or more budget friendly acrylic, they’ll have what you need.
Shop 15, Crossways Shopping Centre
180 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
The Butcher Shop
For budding calligraphers and street artists, The Butcher Shop stands alone. These guys are specialists with a super focused range – think Ironlak and MTN aerosols; Grog, Molotow, Stylefile and Magic Ink markers; as well as a tidy selection of watercolours, pastels and pencils. You can also find a great range of apparel and accessories (a lot of which is perfect for customising), books and artwork by local artists like Amok Island and Kyle Hughes-Odgers.
276 William Street, Northbridge
14B Point Street, Fremantle
Educational Art Supplies
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy what Educational Art Supplies has to offer. While they’ve got heaps of kid-centric art supplies, it’s also a great resource if you want to take up a new hobby but don’t want to break the bank – you’ll find supplies like clay modelling sets, cane for weaving or model making, plus all the stationery you could imagine.
17 Hampden Road, Nedlands
Art and Craft World
Formerly HU Kendall & Co., these guys have been supplying Perth with stationery and craft supplies since the 50s. Stocking a huge range of art supplies, Art and Craft World also hosts a rotating roster of community art groups, workshops and classes, including kid friendly activities in the school holidays.
Unit 1, 12 Boag Place, Morley
Jacksons Drawing Supplies
With 12 stores across WA, Jacksons Drawing Supplies is ubiquitous when it comes to Perth art supplies. Trading since 1955 (and even earlier under another name), Jacksons is a one stop shop for anything related to fine art and technical drawing – even extending to easel hire and canvas by the metre. They’ve also got a specialist division devoted entirely to ceramics, so you know you’re getting expert advice.
Wise Old Owl (online)
Family-run out of a Mandurah home, this online store is a great one stop shop for your crafty needs. With a particular focus on polymer clay crafts, they’ve also got a great selection of scrapbooking supplies and general crafting tools.
Check them out here!
Cover photo of Jacksons Drawing Supplies