Craft Meccas

Newer, and more focused, than Glitter, the Craftster bulletin board has a nearly continuously updated collection of hipster DIY projects and advice. I don’t know how I missed this one for so long!

Get Crafty
GC hosts many guest columnists who have made it in some way or another in DIY, design, or craft. Cool ideas aplenty, and lots of links to good resources.

Glitter: Discuss Crafts
This is how I finally figured out what I was doing wrong with ribbing when I learned to knit! Never be alone in a craft quandary again and get muchos ideas. From Get Crafty.

Martha Stewart Online
Much as we all have mixed feelings about the woman herself, this website is full of amazing resources. I have to respect Martha for how much content she offers on the website for free.

Popular Mechanics for crafty people or folks who love design. They don’t offer much on their website, but you should subscribe anyway to ensure they stay in business!

Thrift Deluxe
HIPSTER ALERT! HIPSTER ALERT! This London-based DIY webzine has a small number of great projects similar to the ones that run in ReadyMade, although RM does not put their projects online. I particularly like their directions for making your own edgy t-shirts, because who wants to pay $80 for a t-shirt with Mao on the front when you could make one yourself?

Knitter’s Review
The primary thing on this site is yarn – there are plenty of thorough, trustworthy reviews of different types. There are also moderately active message boards with plenty of expert knitters around, and some handy ‘how-tos,’ including what looks like a good one for knitting socks.

For knitters with a, uh, “fresh attitude,” whatever that means. Despite the ‘tude, the site is full of funky, simple patterns for people like you and me, even if our attitudes are stinking up the fridge. I love these wristwarmers, though I never have noticed my wrists being especially in need of coverage.

Knitting @
Although a little unwieldy, this site has lots of information and tons of free patterns. You have to sift through – lots of the patterns are dorky, but if you are looking for a pattern for something basic, you’ll find it here.

Sewing for earnestly ambitious dumb-butts like me. Their slogan: mama didn’t raise a seamstress. I’m there, right Mom?

Somebody Else Did It
These sites are a great way to both get ideas and support other crafters!
Cut + Paste
Gerbera Designs


Sign up for their e-mail alerts for frequent discount coupons and free shipping. Jo-Ann carries everything on its website (and more, probably) that it carries in its stores. Great for needlework and sewing supplies, but dependable for other basic supplies, too.

Create For Less
You have to order in bulk, meaning in quantities of three or more, at Crafts For Less, but they offer tons of basic supplies to stock your hobby basket for the best prices around. Great for stuff like magnets, glass nuggets, etc., especially if you don’t live near a craft megastore of any kind

Bath / Body Stuff
Cedarvale Health
Cedarvale has the best prices for base oils, and carries a comprehensive selection of essential oils and other supplies.

Majestic Mountain Sage
MMS has a smallish but high-quality selection of homemade cosmetics supplies. There’s a great selection of simple containers as well.

While some people buy oils and other types of supplies on ebay, for some reason I lack sufficient trust to allay my fears of finding, er, a fly in the ointment. Ebay is wonderful, however, for containers and jars for scrubs (or candles, if that’s your thing), particularly the normally expensive Italian kind.

Don’t you just love a good pun? I don’t really believe in buying food of any kind online, but if you need a specialty ingredient or kitchen accoutrement, check out Epicurious’ gourmet marketplace. And while you’re there, make sure to browse their terrific recipes and tutorials!

English company that carries Rowan and Jaeger yarns. It’s cheaper to buy Rowan yarn from Colourway and pay international shipping than it is to buy it in NY, and they ship very promptly. Also carries books and patterns. Sign up for their e-mail blast for tremendous yarn sales a couple of times per year.

Peace Fleece
This small yarn company in Maine has a unique focus on international relations, and donates proceeds from some yarns to international peace organizations. Check out their latest hue, Baghdad Blue – proceeds go to a fund for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Yarn Market
I order from Yarn Market only occasionally, when I can’t find what I need from Colourway. It’s pricey, but they have a large and dependable selection of dependable yarns.

Stamping / Paper Craft
The English Stamp Co.
Impress Rubber Stamps
Inkadinkadoo Stamps
Paper Source
Paper Zone
Savvy Stamps

Posted by jessica at January 10, 2003 3:59 PM

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