For a few years now Brisbane has been experiencing a crafts revival spurred by the new handmade and yarn bombing movements. Some crafts that have been very popular are crocheting and knitting, while others like spinning, weaving and felting are also gaining a following. When I was a kid I remember visiting numerous yarn stores with my mum but when I was older they had all closed down and it was quite hard to find one anywhere. Happily that is not the case now and Brisbane has a good range of stores.
While this won't be a complete list of yarn stores in Brisbane, here are a few good ones that will help you get your fix. Each of these shops mix the traditional arts with modern tastes and styling.
Threads and More at Indooroopilly. I have written a review about my very positive experience taking a crochet class at Threads and More. See here for more
Tangled Yarns, based at 9 Chester St, Newstead offers a beautiful range of wool, yarn, needles, hooks, buttons, magazines, bags as well as a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Amour Crochet Hooks (Photo courtesy of Tangled Yarns website)
It also offers a range of knitting, crocheting and dyeing workshops as well as social groups and technical support groups most days. It is just near the Fortitude Valley emporium, so you can drop in there for afternoon tea or more shopping. Find out more here
Yarn Over at Blaker Road, Keperra comes highly recommended by a friend. Some of you may know it by its former name, American Yarns. The shop sells yarn, wool, crochet and knitting needles, embroidery and craft supplies. More unusually is the selection of spinning and weaving items, such as looms and accessories, as well as spinning wheels. Have a look at their website here
Spinning Wheel image courtesy of Yarn Over website
Kaalund Yarns at Wavell Heights also sells a wide range of beautiful wool, yarns, crochet hooks, knitting needles, embroidery accessories and interesting kits for items like a Tunisian Vest, shawls, scarves and shrugs. It also offers classes in knitting, crocheting and Tunisian crochet as well beginners weaving courses. They also have a social Knit and Chat session on Saturday mornings. View their website here
Tunisian Vest (Image courtesy of Kaalund Yarns website)
These are all great stores with a range of knitting and crochet supplies while many of them offer specialty supplies in other traditions. Why not visit a social knitting/crochet session. You might make some like minded friends. Let me know what your favourite yarn store in Brisbane is.