Craft Supplies - UK Shops plus Craft Ideas and Resources Websites
Reviews and ratings of quality, hand-picked, UK websites
1st For Toys
Headers: Arts and Crafts, Bags & Backpacks, Beanies, Bedroom, Christening Gifts, Clothing, Diecast, Dolls, Dressing Up, Educational Toys, Games, Gifts, Nursery, Outdoor Toys, Partyware, Playhouses, Puzzles, Soft Toys, Tableware, Toys, Vehicles, Wooden Toys
Toys for younger children. Great range of character toys and gifts including Humphrey's Corner, Brum, Noddy, Thomas the Tank Engine and many more. 1st For Toys is based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.
• International Delivery Available
Headers: Cross Stitch & Needlework, Linea, Software, Craft Kits, Crafts for Kids.
There are lots of ideas and materials for the crafty person here. Johnson Crafts sells cross stitch tools, materials, threads and aids, cross stitch kits, embroidery kits, tapestry kits and printed canvas as well as more exotic crafts such as their 'wire bottle kit'! They even have forums where you chat about all things craft with likeminded people.
• Free Delivery
Mail Order Express
Mail Order Express claims to be the largest toy website in Europe - and with over 15,000 toys, games, puzzles, art, craft and nursery products on offer they may just well be right! Mail Order Express was founded in 1946 and is based at Leicester Road Industrial Estate, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Special Features: Regular competitions. 21 day returns policy.
• International Delivery Available
Stitch and Things
Headers: Accessories, Books, Charts, Craft Kits, Craft Supplies, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Kids' Crafts and Kits, Needlepoint , Quilting
Very good for embroidery and cross stitch kits from a range of manufacturers such as DMC,plus there is also a good range of craft kits for both adults and children.
Headers: Handmade Products
Far too many categories to list here - from clothing to furniture, and from dog coats to house signs. Great for browsing if you like stuff that is just that bit more original and (sometimes) quirky than you would normally see on the high street. This website is a centre for sellers of handmade goods to sell their products so goods are shipped from different parts of the country. Delivery costs are displayed next to all items.
Headers: Arts & Crafts, Boys, Construction, Demonstration Toys, Dress Up, Games, Girls, Infant, Interactive, Outdoor and Sports Activity, Pre-School, Soft Toys
If you can't make to Regent Street, you can always visit the famous Hamleys toy shop online. There are toys and activities suitable for all ages (including adults!) and all pockets, with toys starting from less than £10 up to £13,000 for a professional snooker table.
• Special Features: Lifetime guarantee policy.
• International Delivery Available
Headers: Furniture, Homewares, Household Appliances, Sound & Vision, Office PC & Phone, Photography, Sports & Leisure, DIY Garden & Pets, Toys & Games, Baby, Personal Care, Jewellery & Watches
The retail giant Argos sells an enormous range of (mostly) household goods and usually at very competitive prices. Also, they very often have sales on, so its always worth while checking out the website if you can't get down to your nearest store - I know we've managed to get some good bargains in the past! The site is fast loading and easy to navigate. Argos was founded in 1973 and now has over 500 stores throughout the UK and Ireland. Argos is headquartered in Stafford.
• Special Features: Free 16 returns days policy for non faulty items. Either return to your nearest store or they will collect free of charge. You can also set up gift lists with Argos for weddings, anniversaries etc.
Small number of arts & crafts items
Web-crafts Jewelery Tools and Craft Supplies
Craft making tools and supplies for jewellery making, candle making, beading, card making and scrapbooking, feathers, enamel powders, woodworking tools, small tools for all crafts and education supplies.
Crafts Ideas and Resources Websites
The Craft Ark
Headers: Projects, Community, Support
The Craft Ark is a subscription based website, offering a growing library of craft projects, tips and video clips of techniques. Try your hand at jewellery, encaustic art, rubber stamping, card making and more. In addition there are forums where you can exchange ideas with other members. Current membership rates are: Monthly - £7.95, Quarterly - £19.95, Yearly - £59.95.
Crafts Council Online
Headers: Exhibitions, Shop, Magazine, Resources, Events, Education
The UK's national organisation for the promotion of contemporary crafts. Funded by the Arts Council England. Details of major craft exhibitions at the Craft Council Gallery and also on tour plus there is a photostore and educational craft courses that you can book online.
Headers: Crafts for Children
Huge number of great crafty ideas for children from making a rustic twig frame to papier mache globes. Highly recommended for younger children. The site is free but you can donate if you wish.
DLTK's Printable Crafts for Kids
Headers: Children's Crafts
Excellent resource for younger children. Printable templates and full instructions for a huge number of craft ideas. (Some pop ups, but the site is free).
How To Quilt
Headers: Free Quilt Patterns
How To Quilt links to over 200 free to use quilt patterns from a variety of quilting websites. Arranged in alphabetical order.
Headers: Projects, Top Tips, Events, Products, Craft Talk, Stockists
Tips, ideas, events near you plus you can find the location of your nearest craft stockists. Active forum.
All Free Crafts
Headers: Free Craft Projects
Lots of knitting, sewing and croquet projects for free, plus home decorating craft projects, homemade gifts and many more.
Headers: Local Stores, Products, Make it Yourself
Hobbycraft does not currently sell online. The "Make it Yourself" section has an ideas library which has instructions for a large number of craft projects, lesson plans, plus information for schools and clubs. You can also find the location of your nearest Hobbycraft store.
This is the website of HGTV, a US TV channel that focusses on home and garden. The craft section includes very professionally laid out instructions for a wide variety of craft projects including kids crafts, fabric crafts, beads, metalwork and much more.
Yamaha Motor Company
No, you are not on the wrong page! On the Yamaha website you can not only download a template for a Yamaha motorbike, you can also get templates for rare animals of the Amazon, rare animals of Japan and the seasons. Large selection to choose from.
Headers: Kids Crafts
This is the crafts section of Activity Village which also has a collection of puzzles, printables and jokes etc for children. In the crafts section there is a selection of interesting and sometimes unusual craft projects for children of all ages.
Headers: Woodturning Hints & Tips
Quite an advanced collection of tips for the woodworker.
Hands On Crafts
Headers: Pottery Crafts
Click on "Clay Studio" to access cartoon videos on how to make pots, right through to firing and glazing.
Headers: Automotive, Grafts, Gardening, Hobbies, Home Building, Home Improvement, Living, Woodworking, Blogs
The DIY Network is a US DIY TV channel. Ther are instructions for a huge number of projects around the home, plus video tutorials on on a variety of projects.
Headers: Craft Projects
Wide range of craft projects here from candlemaking to decorative painting.
Headers: Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening, Crafts, Holidays, Decorating, Homekeeping
Very nice website, with lots of decorating and craft ideas on a number of topics from flower arranging to how to make a nut frame!
Headers: Decorative Painting, Folk Art, Tole Painting
Very little "how to do" pages here, but for those interested in decorative painting, there are lots of ideas and information on various techniques.
The Artful Crafter