Whether you are a jewellery crafter, a knitting aficionado or simply a parent looking to keep the little kids entertained, arts & craft supply stores are a godsend. But if you have only recently made the move to this place, it can be hard to know where to find the things you need. But you’ll be glad to know there is no shortage of art supplies stores here and many of them are easily accessible by public transport.
From painting easels and sewing machines to origami paper and fabric pens, here is a list of places for artsy hands to get all the tools they need for their craft of choice.
Overjoyed @ Golden Wall Centre
This is a popular store for those who are serious about their art. Whatever your medium—acrylic, oil, watercolour —the store probably has everything you need. In fact, the place is known to stock materials that you won’t find in any other shops in town. They also carry unique and gorgeous decorative papers that are perfect for avid scrapbookers.
If you are a tertiary student, make sure to bring your matriculation card as that gives you 15 per cent off your total bill. With great service to boot, you will find shopping for your supplies at this store a pleasant experience.
Krafers’ Paradise @ City Square Mall
Krafers’ Paradise stands out for its extensive selection of spray paints. If you are an expert or a budding graffiti artist, then you will definitely want to check out this place. There is a fine selection of scrapbooking materials such as washi tape and craft paper as well, so take your time and have a browse.
Stock up on children’s art supplies while you are here: there are pencils, crayons, markers, stickers, glue and clay galore.
Junior De Artist @ Novena Square
Speaking of kids, over at Novena Square is an arts & crafts supply store dedicated to the needs of little ones. They are stocked with non-toxic paints and craft paper with designs and colours that are fun for the kiddies. You’ll also find all the standard crafting supplies that kids love to play with such as stamp kits and fun stencils, all at pretty affordable prices. If you’re interested, the store also runs craft workshops for children and adults where you can learn to die-cut, stamp with brush markers, make 3D flowers and more.
Beads.Etc @ Orchard Gateway
If jewellery crafting and design is your thing, then Beads.Etc is truly your one-stop-shop. Looking to make quality jewellery? No problem as the store stocks 925 silver and 14k gold-filled parts. There is also a copious selection of pretty bead and stones; glass, ceramic and pewter beads, cabochons and turquoise, Swarovski crystals, handmade lamp beads, pave beads, daisy tubes and more. You can buy jewellery-making tools here as well, including pliers, cutters, hammers, bead mats, and bead storage trays.
If you have always been interested to make your own jewellery but never knew where to begin, here’s your chance. Beads.Etc offers courses on beading weaving, wire wrapping, micro-macrame and string knotting. How fun!
Sing Mui Heng @ People’s Park Centre
If you are an avid dressmaker or quiltmaker or are perhaps even planning to start your home-sewing business, Sing Mui Heng will set you up with all you need to get started, from sewing machines and sewing pins to cutting mats and zippers. Plus, how about some gorgeous fabrics that came all the way from the US, Japan and Korea?
For amazing accessories and materials such as beads, ribbons, lace and such, we recommend checking out Sin Hin Chuan Kee located at North Bridge Road.
Also, check out Lye Nai Shiong along New Market Road. It’s where you can get some of the cheapest supplies when it comes to garment accessories.
Golden Dragon @ People’s Park Centre
Open since 1949, Golden Dragon lays claim to being one of the oldest stores in Singapore for needlecraft supplies. If knitting and crocheting are your specialities, then know that this is where locals go to for good quality knitting, crocheting and sewing tools.
Pick out your knitting needles, darning needles and crochet hooks, and explore an exciting array of yarn—fur, merino wool and silk yarn, and even yarn that are neon in colour or have little pom-poms or sequins on them. With all these inspiring colours and textures of yarn, the possibilities for what you can make feel positively endless.
Honourable Mentions: Spotlight and Art Friend
Spotlight, which is in Plaza Singapura, is an institution in Singapore. It’s where you can find all kinds of craft supplies (fabric, yarn, craft paper, cutting tools, beads, paints, colour pencils, brushes, adhesives, timber and paper mache, craft kits, office supplies—you get the idea) and the finished products as well. You can even order from the comfort of your own home through their online store.
Art Friend at Bras Basah Complex is another major arts & craft supply store that is worth mentioning by virtue of the fact that it’s been around forever and carries a wide selection of items (easels, canvases, paper, paints, ink, sprays, crayons, brushes, palettes, colour wheels, etc.). Both are incredibly reliable and worth a visit!