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Hobbycraft is one of my favourite weekend shopping destination. Most of the time it was just window shopping, which is not so easy to do since they have a lot of stuff you want to just stash at home.
I was talking about wools.
My nearest Hobbycraft is the one close to the Rail Station in Norwich. It was a huge two stories building full of things you want to bring home with you. On the first floor you could see no less than 3 rows of just wools. If it wasn''t because of the limited budget that I have, I probably would have bought all of them.
The shop assistants were so helpful. They helped me to find a specific type and lot of yarn when I was so flustered and confused (as there are so many and you want to touch them all). The ladies in the cashier were also very friendly, and were so informative about the discount offer that I could get the next time I shop there.
I could say that every time I go to this shop, it was always a good experience.
I cannot say much about the price. It''s not cheap. It''s a hobby shop and I don''t think anyone expected it to be cheap. It is considerably more affordable than buying wool from some department stores or local wool shops or haberdasheries. It could even be cheaper than online shops, especially when the 3 for 2 offers was on. So, it is still good to go.
They also have an online shop. I am not sure if it''s cheaper or even more expensive because I never bought anything from hobbycraft''s online shop. However you can be a member, and claim a one time discount code you could use for the next shopping visit.
Hobbycraft is a chain store selling various arts and crafts products.
My first encounter with this company was at least five years ago when I was wanting a new hobby and the possibility of making and selling something as a part-time business. Hobbycraft was an obvious first choice business to go to as it has such a large choice. I wandered around and bought items for a variety of different crafts I could start. I avoided some of the more costly items and crafts I know I would be terrible at (I still can''t sew or knit) and walked away with some great offers, some surprise bargains from the clearence section and some fresh ideas in my head. I also took a few of the free idea leaflets in store (handy little leaflets with different project ideas and step-by-step guides).
Skip to present day and I am still an avid Hobbycraft shopper as I know I can get what I need from there (I ended up doing jewellery as a hobby and a business and am still going) and I know I can also pick up other extra bargains. I now have a nephew and I know I can always go to Hobbycraft and find a great present for him that will also give him hours of fun.
After being to a couple of different stores I noticed each one had a different lay-out and different products in store. The larger, older stores have more choice but the newer, smaller stores have newer product ranges. All the stores have a clear layout of departments with large, hanging signs above them to help you navigate your way to the areas you need. If you are in a rush or not sure where something is then the staff are always more than willing to help or offer solutions if what you need isn''t instore.
I signed upto the Hobbycraft club to receive a discount code (which came in handy for buying Christmas presents)and still receive the odd email telling me when there are offers relevant to me happening in my local store. I never receive a huge amount of emails or spam emails from the company, only ones that are relevant.
I also (for a short time before moving) became an artisan in my local Hobbycraft. I spent a couple of hours a week sitting at their demo table with my jewellery. It gave me a great opportunity to sit and make items while talking to people about what I do. The company also allowed me to sell my items while I was there and leave leaflets promoting my business and events I was attending.
Overall I don''t think I have ever had a negative experience with Hobbycraft and I shall continue to be a customer with them for the forseeable future.
As an avid craft fan I visit this place frequently - I love that everything is in one building!
Hobbycraft store everything from fabric and papercraft to basic millinery sets and beads.
FABRIC - Their fabric selection is pretty good, mainly cottons but they also stock a few furry fabrics that are ideal for teddy bear making!
PAPERCRAFT - they stock a large selection of children''s papercraft activities and have an excellent stock of paper toppers for making cards. They also stock a large selection of canvasses which is great if you''re into painting.
MILLINERY AND CAKE CRAFT - I''m going to combine these as I discovered them at the same time whilst wedding planning! There''s a large selection of Royal icing and toppers for making cakes as well as tools to make your own cake toppers! Around this aisle there''s normally also lots of stuff to make your own fascinators.
Overall I''d say that hobbycraft us a great store, it can be a little pricy though. If you''re new to crafting and after new inspiration it''s a great start - expect to be in this store for at least half an hour though, as there''s lots to look at!
.* INTRODUCTION *.
I have been shopping here on and off for a long time now, and I have to admit I love it. I'm a creative person and this shop is right up my street, this shop offers everything that I need to create perfect cards, and also fulfils my cross stitching needs. I do tend to spend a small fortune when I visit here but its all value for money. Let me tell you more about the shop, and the products they sell here.
.* WHAT IS HOBBYCRAFT? *.
Hobbycraft is nothing more and nothing less of a hobby and craft store, with a wide range of crafting products. My local hobbycraft is situated on a retail park, it's a very large shop. The store is based on 2 floors, separated by stairs, although the ground floor is larger then the top floor; almost everything is sold on the ground floor. You will also find the cashiers on the ground floor situated near the doors, along with sweets and chocolate around the tills, sometimes you will find small items at the front of the tills, like tape, glue things like that.
.* PRODUCTS AND VALUE FOR MONEY? *.
As I have already mention there are loads of products to choose from, and all are value for money. I am going to briefly tell you what you will expect to find here:-
The ground floor will consist of everything you will require for
- CARD MAKING & SCRAPBOOKING - There is card & envelope packs, all cut differently and different size and colours, embossing & cutting machines, scissors, paper, embellishments, flowers, foam, sticky tape, polethene bags for handmade cards to slip into, ink & ink pads, Stencils, and much more. As I have also mentioned I love creating beautiful cards for any occasion, and this store provides a lot for me to succeed. I haven't tried scrapbooking but there are plenty of items and products for you to choose from to help making the perfect scrapbook.
- NEEDLECRAFT - Anything you will need for cross stitching, knitting, and embroidery is find here too, consisting off wool, thread, needles, needle cushions, kits, sewing boxes, and much more. You will even find patterns, magazines, and books to inspire you.
- CUSHION AND BLANKET MAKING - you can find everything you need to make blankets, rugs, teddy bears, dolls, cushions, including wool, fabric, needles, yarn, patterns, kits, you will never be looking else where as this shop will provide everything you need.
- PAINTING & DRAWING - My son loves this bit, he is only 5 but loves the paints and pencils, there are crayons, pens, paint brushes of all sizes, blank canvas's, paper, blank pads for painting and drawing on, easels, paint and pencil boxes and much more.
-BANNERS DECORATIONS - Here you buy anything to help with the creation of your own made banners, and decorations, brilliant for the creation of birthday, Christmas, and all occasions banners, balloons, you name it you can create anything you desire.
- CHILDREN ACTIVITIES - Anything from paper to activity kits are here too, pencils, crayons, wash off paint, ace painting, colouring books, stencils and loads more.
Other creations like flower arranging, jewellery making, jigsaw puzzles & mats, photo frames, in different styles and sizes are sold here too. There are lots to do.
Then we head upstairs to the top floor, where there are more products, mostly for the boys and the men.
- MODEL MAKING - you can buy model kits here where you build them, paint them, and have them as decoration, some you have to buy the paints and brushes separately but others come with them in the kits. You can build helicopters, aeroplanes, boats, ships, cars, and you will need to buy the glue for these too. Be careful though as these do contain small parts.
- TRAINS - here you can buy train sets, parts, accessories, trains, anything to make a train set more realistic. You really have to take a look to know what you can buy.
- DOLLS HOUSE - anyone that have built there own dolls house for there kids or as an hobby will know you need the furniture etc to finish it off, hobby craft provides all that and more, helping with the building, furnishing and decoration of the dolls house.
-PAINTS AND GLUES - most of the painting and glue can be found on the ground floor but that is only for crafting, model building will need stronger glue and different kind of paint for the complete of the model. These are provided in various colours and sizes and different types.
Bargain bins can also be found in the shop, this is where you can find good deals and cheap prices, ok they might contain what you are looking for but they could come in useful, you can find anything from card, to cross stictch mini kits. So worth taking a look.
.* PARKING *.
My local hobbycraft is situated on a retail park which is ideal for the parking, although there is parking outside the shop it is very rare you can park there.
.* FINAL THOUGHTS *.
I have to say I love this shop; it contains everything you need for your hobbies, and creativity. You do not have to be crafty to come here but helps, there is so much inspiration in magazines and books, and most of the productions will come will instructions too. I wouldn't say this shop I cheap but you can grab yourself a bargain sometimes, you just have to keep your eye open when you visit. The shop is never busy so you can't move around, and never any queues.
I love anything crafty so was really excited when Hobbycraft first came to the Glasgow Fort. I believe it is an American company originally but there are now some stores over here. The one in Glasgow is the only one I've ever run across, though. To find a Hobbycraft near you, however, check out:
The Glasgow store is pretty massive with an upstairs and a downstairs section. When you enter the tills are on your right hand side and the wonders of the store await you in front. Usually any special offers and reduced items are on display near the front of the store as you walk in or on the left hand wall as you enter or are in big baskets laid out up the aisles, so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain!
I'm not even going to try to explain a store layout because the store is so vast I'm sure I wouldn't be able to remember what is in every aisle and also, half the fun of this store, I think, is wandering about not really knowing where you're heading and then finding yourself in an interesting aisle with items in it that you might want to try out.
There really is something for every crafter in this store! From baking supplies/tins etc, to jewellery making, sewing, latch hook rug making, card making, model building, Fimo, painting, picture frames, cuddly toy making and even wedding supplies for the crafty wedding planner!
The really nice thing about this store is the amount of things you spot when walking around that make you want to try new things. As a crafty person, it is great to have some new ideas and inspiration! There are even leaflets dotted about with craft ideas that are free to take and show you the list of what you need and give instructions on how to make the item. There is a good range of stuff on offer for all age groups, too. Kids are well catered for but so are adults.
There are also sometimes demonstrations of craft techniques in store. The staff, I've found, are always well presented, helpful and polite and the till staff always get through queues quickly and efficiently.
The one downside to this store is that it is rather on the pricey side. Most of the things here you could probably get cheaper online and for some things it is easy for the costs to mount up. For example, I do jewellery making and usually buy my beads, wire etc. off ebay vendors but in here I decided to stock up one day and quickly spent about £30 on items that I could have got off of ebay for probably half the price. However, the price is worth it when you know that you'll definitely be able to get the crafty accessories you need out of here if you're in a rush and can't wait for online delivery.
I definitely recommend this shop, even if just for a browse and a bit of inspiration on a dull, rainy day.
Hobbycraft is a brilliant shop if you simply are crafty by nature, beginning to learn a new crafty skill, looking for something for a school project or in my case to - finding random projects for a younger sibling to use. I have quite a bit of free time at the moment, and have found myself turning to crafts as a way to fill it. Usually I am making random felt cute things, latch hook carpets or something else and when I start a new project, Hobbycraft is the first place I visit.
My nearest store is in Watford, and it's such a great store. There is so much space within it that it can contain so many isles, and I've been known to waste about an hour there just looking at all the different things they have. The aisles are well organised, with everything you need for particular products always put in the same isle - for instance if you are looking for projects for children, they are always placed in the same aisle or if you are looking for knitting accessories, you will find wool, needles and books all in the same aisle. Having this layout really makes it easier if you are in a rush and need to pick up something quickly or if you have a particular project in mind and want to browse for things to use to create it.
Baskets are always really handy and comfy, so you can carry them round the store for as long as you want without getting painful hands. Also, around the aisles, they leave handy leaflets about for you to explore and look at - giving you ideas for your next project and instructions on how to make it. I've actually made some of these and they have turned out great. Not only are the leaflets handy and easy to understand but generally they do correspond with the seasons as at Christmas, they had instructions on how to make ornaments for your Christmas Tree.
There is a wide range of prices for the things offered within Hobbycraft, ranging from the cheap to expensive. Usually the things that most people will use such as felt or paper tend to be quite cheaply priced, however if you look at other things such as latch hook rugs or Warhammer figurines, they can get quite expensive. Luckily, there is always something included within these sections that are cheap.
I would recommend Hobbycraft to anyone who is looking for somewhere to purchase their items for craft projects as they really do have such a wide variety of things. This is my all time favourite shop, and I would spend much more money in here if I could!
As a fairly creative person I am always making things for my house or trying to save money by making gifts instead of buying them. I love browsing round Hobbycraft and can spend hours looking at all sorts of things and admiring how lovely everything is. I enjoy cake decorating as a hobby and find that they have quite a good range of cake decorating equipment. The prices are a little higher than specialist cake decoration shops, and the choice isn't quite as good, but it's a good place to go to get everything in one place and I always end up coming away with other things such as storage boxes.
I especially like the range of ribbons at Hobbycraft. I use these on my cakes sometimes and I have never been anywhere with such a range of sizes, colours, fabrics and patterns. There is a whole aisle dedicated to this, so I tend to stock up while I'm there because you might not be able to get hold of the colour you want nearer the time. I used to live very close to a Hobbycraft so it was really handy for this, but since moving a little further I've found they don't have that many stores so you might have to travel a bit further than you'd like to visit one.
My friend often comes with me when I'm off to Hobbycraft, as she makes her own jewellery so she likes to stock up on crystals and beads - again, I've never seen a range quite like this shop! It's really good for gifts too, especially if you know creative people. I have bought a jewellery making kit and a crochet set from here, which I wasn't actually looking for but just caught my eye in the build up to Christmas and I thought they would make perfect gifts.
I've never tried any of the fabrics at Hobbycraft but they have a good range. I think the advantage of this shop is that whatever your hobby or pastime, you can get everything in one place. There are always staff about but quite often you have to queue to be served which is strange considering the shop is huge but never gets that busy for its size.
I am currently planning a wedding and will be dragging my friend along to Hobbycraft with me to get supplies of ribbons, card and various other crafty bits and pieces, so that we can make my favours and wedding invitations at a fraction of the price you'd usually pay. Not only is it good for creative hobbies, but for things like invitations it can save you a fortune if you make them yourself, and they still look as professional as they would if you'd paid someone else to do them. Of course, it depends how much time you're willing to put in to make this saving, but I find things like this fun so I love nothing better than handmaking Christmas presents for people for example.
My only regret is that I didn't discover this shop sooner. I'm not sure how long it's been around for, but if I'd known about it as a child I think I would probably have driven my mum mad pestering her to take me all the time and getting in a mess making things at home. I think it's an excellent place for kids though, especially if you're looking for activities to keep them busy during the holidays, as Hobbycraft offers things for boys and girls of all ages.
It was a lovely winter day when I first visited the Hobbycraft in Woking. This is a very nice store where you can find loads of treasures to your craft works.
The store in Woking is in the Lion Retail Park which accommodates some other DIY, interior design and household appliance stores. There are loads of parking places, I never had difficulty finding parking place there and the parking is free.
The Hobbycraft is about in the middle. The store has a ground floor and a first floor to accommodate that loads of things.
At my firs visit I was looking for wool to do some knitting. I know it is old fashioned but for some reason I love knitting, it makes me relaxed. There were two isles of different knitting yarns but there were knitting accessories and knitting patterns as well. I was out for thick and soft yarn with wool. I have chosen black yarns for a long and soft scarf. As the yarn I have chosen was thicker than the knitting needles I had at home I bought kitting needles too.
I really liked shopping in this store as the products are displayed well and most of them contain information on how to use them. The shopping baskets have a handle like suitcases and my sons enjoyed pushing them all around the store.
At my first visit I noticed the huge amount of beads and I was thinking about trying jewellery making one day. Making some Easter decorations give me a good reason for taking a second visit to the store. This time I was looking at their seasonal offers: little pompom chickens and some décor bases. I found heart and bow shaped décor bases and my kids became so excited about making the Easter décor together that they preferred going home and do the décor to going to the playground. As we bought quite a lot of materials we gave away some of the décor we made to our friends.
I had a chance to look at the beads and I found some that looked nice to make earrings and pendants of them so I took a green and a red pack. I couldn't wait to try making my jewellery from them. It was quite easy and I think they look really nice. I received loads of compliments from my colleagues that they look lovely. I received a voucher offering 10% discount from my next shopping so I decided to collect all I will need in the near future and buy them using this voucher.
My kids enjoyed the shopping again as they could push those huge baskets all over the shop. Luckily there weren't many people shopping there so I could take a look at most of the stuff I was interested and take care of my kids too. There are really nice party décor, floral décor and cake décor things but you can find 2 aisles of needlecraft accessories and loads of kits. Also those interested in painting find loads of accessories here.
If you want to check which hobby areas are covered, I recommend visiting their website at http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/. Although the online shop offers fewer products than the one I visited in Woking but it gives you an idea about the product range and the prices.
To sum up: I think when it comes to craft work you don't really look at the price labels as strictly as in a supermarket. There are things that are really expensive in my opinion but they are high quality as well. I saw for example some beads for around 5 pounds which is a bit expensive but if we take into consideration that you need about 8-10 packs of them to make a nice necklace it makes really expensive...
I haven't checked all the hobby areas to be hones as I can't do all of them they cover. I really love trying out new things but with two little kids around and working full time I don't even have a chance for it.
The shop offers so many products that you can choose from cheaper range or from the expensive range according to your needs and what you can afford.
What I really like about this shop are the programmes they offer. For example during this Easter period they offer opportunities to try out different things in the shop, they show you how to do it. Of course they do it for marketing purposes but you can learn new things and ask experienced crafters about techniques. If you don't have any other programme and you are interested in craft work this is a good opportunity.
I saved the address of Hobby Craft in my GPS so from time to time I will definitely go back and try something new...
Whenever I go into my local Hobbycraft I am suddenly struck with an enthusiasm and inspiration for craft which never seems to strike me when I am at home! I suddenly feel like I need to start cross-stitching, scrap-booking and whatever else I happen to see, even if I only went in for some glue or something!
Hobbycraft stocks an immense range of craft resources and materials, including fabric, sewing equipment, all manner of paper goods, paints, storage for all your crafty bits...in short anything you might ever need for any crafty hobby.
The stores are well laid out. Each craft area has it's own section, making it incredibly easy to find what you want. I also like that fact that many things like beads and sheets of coloured paper are available individually so you can just buy what you need.
I don't find Hobbycraft the cheapest place to buy many of the things they stock, but it is a convenient way to buy as you can browse each of the sections and see exactly what it is you're buying; something that is really useful when you are looking for a specific colour or finish. While many items can be bought cheaper online, it is often less convenient to do so. Hobbycraft also always seem to have some good bargains available at the ends of the aisles and in special offer 'bins', which is always a bonus!
I also really like the free craft leaflets that you can pick up arround the store, giving you instructions of various craft projects.
Overall I feel like I could waste many a happy afternoon browsing around Hobbycraft, dreaming of what I could make and picking up some lovely bits and pieces.
Hobbycraft is one of those shops that if you're like me and a crafter it's easy to spend all day in when you first come across the place. It's like a giant supermarket of craft supplies really with different isles dedicated to different types of crafting. At first glance, the place sells everything you could possibly want and then some.
Actually, when Hobbycraft first came to our town, I spent quite a lot of time wandering round in there looking at all the new and interesting stuff that they had, and imagining myself trying all sorts of different crafts that I'd not yet tried.
The variety of crafts that they sell materials for is huge and varied, and covers everything from knitting and crocheting, cross stitch and embroidery, to painting, pastel, pencil and charcoal drawing and other art. Then there are things such as decoupage, card making, bead work, model making in clay, fimo and other medium such as wood and plastics. They also sell ribbon, material, fake flowers for arranging or cake decorating, oasis to put the flowers into, tools for miniature wood turning and carving, and card and paper in all shapes, sizes, colours and thickesses.
For me, the problem comes when you have a hobby and know something about it already and go in there looking for something specific. It's not impossible to find what you're after, being as they do sell so much, but the price you'll pay for the items is generally a lot more than you'd pay anywhere else. Now I admit that when you are in the middle of an embroidery pattern and realise you've run out of a particular thread it is incredibly useful to be able to nip in there and pick up a skein of thread rather than having to order online and wait for several days for it to arrive, but I do object to paying through the nose each time, and it does often put me off using the store on a regular basis for things.
Another problem I have, is that although they do sell a lot, once you get deeply into a hobby, you often want more than just the basics, and often what they sell does seem to be mainly just the basics for each hobby. This makes it a great place to go for new ideas and inspiration, but not so great for when you know what you want already.
One good thing I'll say for them is that they have a pretty wide range of leaflets that you can just take away for free. I crochet, make jewellery, do decoupage, and well several other things too, but I have had the odd leaflet from there which has been useful like one with a pattern for a crocheted robin, and others with ideas for things I've gone on to do with nieces and nephews at various times.
Our store is on two floors, and the layout is pretty good - I don't know if all stores are laid out the same way, but with ours they're pretty good at how each section is grouped together. So you'll find all the wool and all the embroidery silks, and so on in one area, and then you move on to another section where you'll find decorative papers, and embellishments and boxes that you can decoupage onto, and then further back are art materials etc. It does make access pretty easy, and their stairs are nice and wide and easy to walk up, and they also have a lift which makes access for anyone with a pushchair or wheelchair or who like me is just unstable on their feet sometimes much easier too.
Staff are usually pretty good in there for helping you I find. When my mum asked me to get her a particular DMC thread colour a member of staff took me to the right section and took the time to ask me which thread I wanted and to find it for me rather than just waving me in the right direction as you get in some stores. About the only problem I have with staff is that the tills are often undermanned especially on weekends which can mean you have to queue for a while before you can pay and get out of there.
Overall I do like the store, especially if I just want a browse and to get new ideas for things to do. I'd prefer it if they'd keep their prices a little lower which I'm sure they could, but as they're often the only place in a town where people can buy many of the craft materials they sell, I guess that's why they get away with charging what they do.
Hobbycraft is the leading craft shop in the UK. A bit like pets at home but for crafters.
They sell everything and anything you cold think of to do with all types of crafting all under the one roof.
My local hobbycraft is Crayford. It is set over two floors and is absolutely huge!
On the ground floor you can find item for paper crafting and jewellery making as well as craft storage, flower arrangements, children's crafting and clay/model crafting. There is also a large section for painting and drawing.
Up stairs is all about needlecraft. Sweing, knitting, crocheting and mkany more. You will find wool, knitting needles, sewing threads and needles and anything else you can think of.
I usually visit hobbycraft for paper crafting materials and jewellery making bits and pieces and find that I can always find whatever I am looking for. I tend to buy card toppers, card, envelopes, stickers and embelishments. I also buy glue, beads, findings and craft storage.
I only do a little bit of craft here and there and am not very good. I mainly make little bits around Christmas time when I have some time to spare. I don't consider myself to be very good but I have found that at hobbycraft I can get help and advice and the staff are usually very helpful and know about the products.
My only critism of Hobbycraft is the prices. I know that crafting can be quite pricey but they must be the most expensive place to shop. I can pop in for a few bits of card, a couple of card toppers and a few other supplies like glue or findings and easily spend £20.
I know you have to pay for quality, but it would be very nice if they started to do more bulk buy and starter packs or even a reward card or loyalty scheme. I have seen craft items very cheap on the TV shopping channels and think hobbycraft should follow in their footsteps, offering larger packs and better value.
If you're looking for something crafty, hobbycraft should always be your first stop.
Hobby Craft was where I used to buy all of my equipment from for school for art lessons and exams. They are an art and craft shop and sell all sorts of things including sketch books, paints, decorations, textiles and fabrics - really anything you could possibly need when getting creative and making something yourself.
You can go in here and be inspired by all the things that they sell and going in here will most probably make you want to pick up something and just get creative. You can literally find everything you need in here when making anything from cards, stationery, pictures and paintings, gifts, jewellery, clothes, ornaments as well as plenty of children's activities.
I also went to Hobby Craft for my wedding as I made a lot of things myself including name places for the table, decorations for the hall and little trinkets for the tables. They sell items for special occasions like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries and have products that are related just to these occasions. I bought the ornament in here to go on the top of my wedding cake as well as balloons, ribbons, flower petals and anything else you could possibly need to celebrate with.
They're not the cheapest of art and craft shops and you could probably quick up some very similar items in the pound shop or a discount store but some things you can't find anywhere else and so the expense is necessary. The expense does come from their goods being of very high quality though and their products are much better made than in discount or pound stores.
For times like weddings or exams, good quality items are essential and so Hobby Craft is the best place to go.
Hobbycraft the shop for all hobbiests and people interested in the crafts however if you a professional in any arts or crafts line this really isnt the shop for you.
I have worked as an artist and designer for at least 8 years now and after studying and working in london for a period of time I understood the costs of materials both from small ended craft shops and industrial sized warehouses stocked full of artists materials, the difference in cost is quite astronomical. This is why I have a slight aversion to places such as hobbycraft. However there are good and bad points.
Hobbycraft sells all items bar some for people who enjoy the arts from painting, decoupage, making cards, modelling, cake making and knitting as well as other many realms of lines in the craft sector. The items they sell are good quality and you will generally find a huge range of stock to cover a multitude of projects you wish to undertake so in this respect they are excellent stock wise, and you will nearly always find new products which will aim to inspire you and you will want to buy and experiment with, this is actually one reason why I do like hobbycraft for the ideas of projects you can get.
My main aversion however is the incredible hike of cost that hobbycraft simply cant even compete with compared to other art and craft stores and hence for the professional and for anyone who contemplates making money from their work this is simply not a viable economical shop for you.
When I have run out of paint and brushes for example and have exhibitions looming and in need desperately for materials I have gone to hobbycraft as a last resort and my bank balance has suffered for doing so. An example cost would be for a set of 4 daler rowney brushes you colud pay up to £20 in hobbycraft whereas in smaller art shops and dealers or larger stockists such as atlantis and cass the cost could be half of this. Especially when bought in bulk which many mainstream artists will be doing so.
Paint is astronomically priced at hobbycraft for ranges such as galeria and system 3 which can be nearly double the price, and canvas ranges are again nearly double the price at least for the same quality which can be bought in cheaper shops such as the works, dunelm mill and again cass art.
Hobbycraft do do an extensive cake making range which I have found good and they have sold some items within this which I have been unable to find in other shops such as metallic cake sprays and edible glitter however once again these are highly priced but a good find if there is no where else.
Blank cards can be bought in value sets and are not of the highest quality but good for the hobbiest and are cheaper than the other blank ranges and the card decoration range is vast.
Overall hobbycraft is a great shop to look around, fun and will insprie you for various craft and art projects but if youre the serious money maker within this profession dont buy from here as youre money will be eaten up.
I have always loved arts and crafts, so much in fact that I did art for A level and an arty based degree. I have, therefore always needed resources for my hobbies. Enter HOBBY CRAFT! This is the place to go for any crafting needs. Just walking in there is like the art lovers version of Disney land. It's almost magical. The store near me is massive. It has two levels. The bottom level is for things such as painting, paper making, seasonal crafts, glass painting, mosaics, fabrics, ribbons, thread, wedding crafts, weaving, stencilling...anything you can imagine. The upper level has things like card making, scrapbooking, models, doll house crafting, canvases and frames. Alongside all of that they also have a whole row of magazines to suit paper crafters, knitters, stitchers, and painters...anything that takes your fancy. They also have plenty of books on subjects of all things crafty so whether you're thinking of trying your hand at something new or are an old pro there is enough info for you to learn or expand your knowledge and get new ideas and inspiration.
Just walking around is inspirational. Every row has something different and each craft has its own section for tools that you need so in theory you could walk along one isle and pick up everything you could possibly need for that craft. I love it!
The bad thing about this shop is that it IS expensive; however it is very good quality material so you get what you pay for. If you're just starting out at something it can be quite daunting but if your aim is to make things to sell then you need to put the money in in the first place. Plus if you ask for vouchers for birthdays and Christmas then you can build up your craft set bit by bit so it's not so bad. As a student it took a lot of saving to be able to venture to this store and come out with a bag full but it was well worth it when you saw the quality of the things you could make from it.
I got vouchers for here this Christmas and had a whale of a time shopping in there. Everything is so beautiful and if you go in after a big occasion i.e. Christmas or Easter then a lot of the seasonal stuff is on sale so you can stock up for next year and save a bundle.
They have a website where you can order products or reserve them; it also tells you about sales, offers and new products. There are pages and pages of ideas and inspiration for you to use, it has images of crafts made using the products from hobby craft to show you exactly how much you can do with a few items.
Overall I can safely say this is my favourite craft store. Yes it is expensive but if you shop carefully you can pick up some bargains. Plus it's the only place I could guarantee would have everything you need for crafting under one roof.
Hobbycraft is a craft store which sells pretty much everything!
~~~LOCATION AND ACCESS~~~
The store I will be reviewing is the Watford Business Park Branch. It is at the bottom of Watford high street, and can be accessible via the Watford High Street Overground Station and another 10-15 minutes walk from there. Also, it is accessible by car, as they have spacious parking facilities.
Nearby, also are B&Q, PC world and other big stores.
~~~PRODUCTS AND PRICES~~~
The store sells all ranges of art and crafts products, including:
-Canvases (In a range of sizes)
-Paper/Card (in a range of sizes and colours)
-Different craft sets, such as make your own photo frame and children's craft kits.
-Train set essentials
-Warhammer and Lord Of the Rings
I find the store extremely organised, and you can find what you are looking for fairly easily. The aisles are also tidy and well placed, and in many cases colour co-ordinated. It is quite a large store, but the aisles are regular, although if crowded, can feel slightly too narrow.
They also have displays which are inspiring and can aid you in your creative mind and see what you might like to make and have the outcomes...
If you go having something in mind, shopping here is very easy, as if you step in blank, you will very easily be enticed into buying many things! I almost walked out with a few empty boxes (to decorate) a few rolls of coloured tape, some pattern cutting scissors and some model furniture!!
Prices are average to high, depending on what you are looking for. For paints, it is pretty standard, and sometimes quite good when they have discounts and offers. I also recommend the canvases as there is just a good range.
Other arts and crafts packs aren't very good value here, but if you're here already you might as well buy. Alternative places to shop for these could be poundland (I saw some pretty good things there for decorating).
However much the price, you can be sure that what you buy here is good quality. I have had no problems or issues with their products, and have never required a refund or return.
The staff are also quite friendly, but they are all pretty much situated at the front, and if you require assistance this could be a bit of a bother. As it is a big store, you don't see them very often whilst browsing, so I would recommend you ask as you go in if you are looking for something in particular.
I would recommend this store, as it has a huge range of goods, and will drive a art and crafts person MAD... you can easily spend up to half an hour just browsing... The prices are acceptable but for sure the quality is there. So for all your arts and crafts needs, shop at Hobbycraft!