Getting started to the world of arts and craft? Welcome to Spotlight, the best entry-level craft you will ever know. From fabrics to papier-mâché, acrylic paint to beads and sequins, Spotlight is a megastore for all things craft. Keep checking for special discounts and offers – you might just score your next set of bedsheets or curtains for cheap.
I mean, who hasn't heard of Art Friend? If you made something from the scratch before, chances are that you might've dropped by an Art Friend branch before.This go-to shop for the crafty and hands-on types stocks up on almost everything you will need for your DIY project. From felt pieces to styrofoam balls, you'll find all you need here, and for affordable prices as well.
Japan’s number one supplier of homewares, stationery, decorations, art materials and more, Daiso is perfect if you need craft paper and other materials. From mini envelopes with a drawing of Mount Fuji to cute cat stickers, you're going to be spending a lot of time and money at this joint. Plus you'll never have to be looking for a price tag because well, everything is $2. And even if it's not for art and craft stuff, Daiso is still a great place to go for snacks and socks.
Seasoned crafters will know Golden Dragon. A one-stop shop for yarn (from $1.60/ball), beads (from $0.70/pack) and fabric ($1.80/m), as well as ribbons and appliques – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the store has been meeting hobby needs since 1949. If you’re looking to buy yarn in bulk, Spotlight’s got better discounts. However, for beginners who haven’t committed to the craft, Golden Dragon sells smaller balls of yarn for cheaper, which is great if you just want a few strands of yarn for your amigurumi. Don’t be intimidated by the team of aunties who man the store – they’re helpful and, if you need any sewing tips, just bring your project over for them to have a look. You can also join the community of people who regularly gather at the tables beside the entrance to work on their projects but be warned: seats are limited.
Tucked away in a yellow building just behind LASALLE, Overjoyed is well worth searching for. It started in 2007 as an online shop, and has ballooned into a two-storey art and stationery store that offers a range of crafting materials such as calligraphy pens ($18), screen ink ($12) and brushes (from $6) – think of it as an alternative to Art Friend. The space is huge, even accommodating a mini gallery and a dedicated space to hold lettering and sketch journalling workshops. And if you’re a student, join Overjoyed’s member programme to enjoy discounts.
Sin Hin Chuan Kee is a family-run business that has been around for over 50 years. While it’s not the most organised, the huge shop space means that you can expect to find a tonne of ribbons, zippers (even YKK ones) and buttons in every shape, colour and size – after all, it specialises in haberdashery. Prices start from $0.10 for beads and $7 for a roll of ribbon. You can also customise ribbons according to your needs, with waiting time ranging from 6 hours for small pieces to ten days for elaborate designs and bulk orders.
It’s ribbons galore at Kin Soon, otherwise known as Minton House of Ribbons, where shelves overflow with colourful strips of material. This family business has been in the industry since 1975, and it’s also a wholesaler for ribbons and packaging materials, where you can pick up a full roll for only a dollar. For wholesale purchases, you might get up to 20 percent off your purchase, depending on the quantity. Customisation services are available, too, with an average of one to two weeks waiting time.
Above People’s Park Food Centre is a treasure trove of craft stores, probably frequented by your grandmother. Dig around a bit, and you’ll find Malin Textile, home to rows and rows of cloth (from $6/m) – mostly Japanese cotton – printed with cute designs to attract younger hobbyists. This store, owned by Ng Mei Ling, is part of a family business that operates a few fabric shops on the same floor. Ng’s sister heads another store, also called Malin Textile (#02-1134), which sells fabric printed with Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty. And Ng’s mum runs Maggie Textiles (#02-1076/78, #02-1124), offering chiffon, georgette and jacquard as well as fabric for men’s shirts and suits.