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. Be warned: seats are limited.
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.
Spanning three shop units in City Square Mall, “K”rafers’ Paradise is every crafter’s haven – the neat and organised interior is reminiscent of a supermarket. Having started out as a small scrapbooking shop six years ago, “K”rafers’ Paradise has since expanded to selling fine art materials. Besides the usual die-cuts, brushes and paints, the store also sells detailed plaster figurines (from $30) that can be used for carving and painting.
Despite its name, Junior De Artist isn’t exclusively for children. This craft and hobby store carries a wide range of materials for those keen on scrapbooking and card-making. Clear acrylic stamps start from $39, wooden stamps start from $11 and prices for die-cuts average around $20. Junior De Artist regularly conducts workshops, and anyone keen on picking up new skills is welcome to sign up.
Looking for fabric to make your own bags, dresses and quilts? Sing Mui Heng stocks material from Japan, the US and South Korea, including brands like Michael Miller, Cloud 9 and Quiltgate. Fabrics do go on sale from time to time for as low as $5 per metre. The seasoned or beginner bag-maker can purchase metal frames, clasps or wires for their crafts, and there are also a range of ribbons, buttons and beads to accessorise handmade purses or clutches. If you need an embroidery or sewing machine, Sing Mui Heng is the official distributor of Brother products.