Where to buy gorgeous but cheap Craft Supplies – June

 

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Sparkly Threads

So where shall I start?  Hmmm, Hobbycraft I think.

All their Gutermann sewing threads are half price at present so I felt it would be a little rude not to purchase a few reels as I do go in there a lot and I can’t not buy anything at all can I?  (Shh don’t tell Mr Chandelier as he would probably be utterly horrified at that statement!).

I will also admit to being just a little bit seduced by the sparkly threads shimmering in the sunlight calling for me to take them home!  Also, at £1.55 instead of £3.10 for the sparkly threads and just 77p instead of £1.55 for the non sparklies they were a bargain.

 

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Another half price product that I purchased was this fat quarter bundle in pinks and purples.  They are by Kirstie Allsopp and were reduced from £11.00 – which I would not have paid as I only really loved the floral ones  –  down to £5.50 which worked for me.  If each fabric had been available by the metre, I would have happily paid more and bought bigger quantities of the 2 florals but they aren’t available by the metre, so half price worked for me.  Although as you know, I have thousands of different fabrics, I am a little lacking in my purple and lilac departments so they had to come home with me!  I think they are going to stop selling her fabrics which is why they are half price.

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In the same purple and lilac vein, I did have to purchase this rather lovely ‘Violet Marguerites’ (what a fab name) fat quarter which, to be honest doesn’t really belong on this post as it was certainly not cheap at £6.00 but it is gorgeous and I kept looking at it every time I went in and as I so need more of this colour I bought it.

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Heart Embellishments

 

 

Still in Hobbycraft, I bought some of these little heart embellishments for just £1.00 a pack.  I do have them in lots of different colours but I had white and not cream so I needed cream ones too.  They are shimmery on one side and matt on the other which is perfect I always work with both.

 

 

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I also had to have this tiny tray of little wooden shapes which have birds and birdhouses, hearts and flowers and watering cans and butterflies.  They were just £2.00 for the whole pack which is brilliant value.

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Lilac Heart Buttons

I did also genuinely need these Hemline little lilac heart buttons as I made an angel garland the other day and was searching for small lilac heart shapes and struggled to find lots of choices.  Hard to believe I know, with all my materials, but true!  At £2.00 for 17 they weren’t that cheap but I needed them.

Talking of Dunelm, I bet you don’t associate them with Fabric and Craft Supplies do you?  Well the sad part is that they did used to have a fab craft department selling all sorts of supplies from artists brushes to ribbons, from paper craft products to beads and sequins and much more in-between.  I presume it didn’t sell well for them as they have stopped doing most of it however, they do have a fabric department with good prices on the fabrics that they do sell.  They do quite a good selection of oilcloth too.

They also have fabulous reductions on sale fabrics and I really only purchased this Newport fabric in Hibis (pink) because it was half price.  It was reduced from £10.99 per metre to £5.50 but I only purchased half a metre for £2.75 as I like, but don’t totally love, the colour.  However, I do absolutely love it in the faded blue, so I also bought half a metre in that colourway too.  The only thing to bear in mind with Dunelm fabrics is that they only sell in half metre lengths so you cannot have for example, 3/4 metre, which is marginally annoying but do keep an eye out for remnants as I have bought quite a few in the past and they are brilliant value.

Even though, as I said above, they have stopped selling a lot of craft materials they do still have a very good habadashery department which again, is fairly priced, and has a good selection of trimmings, cottons, glues, ribbons and buttons etc., far more than you would expect, so hunt down those aisles!

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Moving on to The Range, these paper flowers above, in pretty pinks and lilacs are £1.00 per pack, which is what most of their craft materials are, but I thought these were faulty as a lot of the gold flower centres are missing.  However I bought them in blues too and they are the same so I figured that was probably how they were meant to be.  I also tend to change or add to the centres when I create anyway so it doesn’t really matter to me, but if you are bothered don’t buy these.

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Finally on to The Works, this three pack of Glitter craft tapes, (like washi tape) is excellent value at £1.50 for all three.

I will confess to perhaps buying a little more than appears on this page but sometimes I get home and literally tear my new materials open straight away as I just can’t wait to ‘play’.  I also buy materials from Antique Fairs and Sales and Boot Fairs and anywhere else my magpie eye spots something pretty or sparkly!

What craft supplies and materials have you bought lately?  Were they bargains or didn’t you care as ‘you just had to have them!’

Happy Hunting.

Much Love

Sarah xx

 

Where to buy gorgeous but cheap Craft Supplies!

As you know, I use a massive amount of craft supplies and although I do buy a lot of them in large quantities through my trade contacts, I am also constantly picking up all sorts of materials and supplies from retail shops on a weekly basis.

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I am constantly asked where I purchase my craft supplies from and if I can remember…… Hmmm…., I will always share, as I want the shops I frequent, to carry on stocking all these wonderful materials. The more that we all buy from them, the more they will stock, and the better the prices will be – it’s a win, win!

To this end, I am going to do a regular featureshowcasing the supplies I have bought in the last week or two.  Wherever possible I will do a link to that product to make your life even easier – do you need to traipse around the shops in all weathers – No, you don’t!  I will have done that for you, gosh what a chore!  Obviously, there will be a lot of products that are not available online or are ‘one-off’ items, or possibly even sale but I will still let you know where they are from and how much they were.

I do love a button (or 60 pack) and ribbons are a bit irresistible to me, especially velvets (can cause palpitations), fabric is a weakness obvs – check out this fabric storage post – little wooden pieces and rubber stamps jump off the shelf into my basket (that so happens!).  As for Trimmings, actually, let’s stop now and not even go there.  Who am I kidding, I adore all Haberdashery (my love – no not obsession – started age 6), always have and always will.

Ok, where shall I begin…..Hmmm…

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Let’s start with The Range.  I just ‘popped in’ to see if I could pick up some art books for the teens schoolwork (yes really!).  I ‘bumped’ into a tub of ribbons which were ALL priced  at £1.00 per roll.  I think I have approx  350-400 reels of ribbon and thousands of ribbon pieces so I didn’t think I would find anything but I had to have a little rummage and……  No – OMG – 12.5m  of Duck-egg velvet ribbon for £1.00  Nooooo…. My heart seriously started beating faster and I actually started furtively looking around to make sure no-one else was near me, that might see my unbelievable bargain ribbon and run over! (I know, I do actually think I have a problem too).  Well, here’s what I found; 2 reels of duck-egg velvet (I did actually leave a few reels behind) and 1 reel of brown velvet.  1 pretty gathered lilac ribbon reel – I could see this on dolls clothes and lots of my customers love lilac, 1 reel of simple ribbed lilac and lastly 1 fabulous reel of white ribbon with a silver glitter edge which, ‘I absolutely had to have’ for all the fairies and angels I make.  I know you won’t believe me but I really was being ‘restrained’!!!

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Then, whilst looking at the oilcloths I saw this gorgeous duck-egg fabric which was a perfect match for the ribbon.

I rarely know what I am going to use my materials for but I just ‘see’ things in my head and I could ‘see’ Easter bows.  I don’t know why these things just ‘pop’ into my head but they just do and look, how gorgeous is that bow – it’s almost edible.

It was £3.20 per metre and I just bought 1/2 metre.

 

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Can you see how wispy it is, like hessian?  Duck-egg hessian, love it.  They call it Slub Linen Voile.  Do you think they might have some in pink next time I go?

 

I probably should have left at this point as I hadn’t picked up a basket and actually couldn’t carry any more but no, I was in a wonderful trance of prettiness and sparkle, my imagination was in overload and I was having far too much fun.

Then, I spotted some roses trimming strips in 3 different colour ways.  I actually made a gift for a friends daughter with the multicoloured one and used up my stock, so was pleased to find it as I have been on the look out for about absolutely ages for some more – yes I really have.
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Again, just £1.00 per pack, fabulous and soooo pretty.

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Finally, whilst trying to pick up all the things I kept dropping on my way to the tills, I saw these buttons which for just, you guessed it, £1.00 would simply have to come home with me  – I ‘needed’ them, no question, none whatsoever!

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Pretty Buttons

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I also visited The Works this week and purchased some more brilliant inexpensive craft supplies, some more buttons – well I do use a lot and some of them are very sparkly, which you just don’t see……anywhere…….ever…… and again just £1.00!  Mr Chandelier raised his eyebrows too…….Hmmm…..!

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I also purchased these pretty little flower petals to add to my faux flower department – I felt sure they would be used very soon!

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At present they only have them in pink but I will keep my eyes peeled in case other colours come in as my flower department will need them.

 

 

 

It is all business you understand, poor me, all that visual stimulation is exhausting, really! I don’t know why Mr Chandelier has no sympathy for my exhaustion!

Where do you buy your craft supplies from, can they compete with these prices?

Happy shopping!

Much Love,

Sarah xx