SPOT.ph’s Guide to Craft Stores in Manila

Where to go when you have an itch to stitch (and knit, crochet, and build toys!)

10 Craft Stores in Metro Manila

 

(SPOT.ph) Rarely do we refer to science when opening an article, but bear with us for a few sentences. During a lecture by Andrew Solomon (author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression), he discussed methods of coping with mental disorder. He wasn’t talking about weeks of crying over a bowl of ice cream because your ex is a jerk, but real and debilitating conditions of the mind. Curiously, aside from his call to remove the stigma on medication, he also promoted yarn.

 

Yes. Yarn. In his research, he met a depressive who found that keeping her hands busy by making little things with yarn was a rather effective way to help her cope with life itself. She even gives her creations to her friends, so spreading the happiness more creatively than a "thumbs up" on Facebook or a "heart" on Instagram.

 

This really shouldn’t be such a hard sell because we’ve all been touched by a handmade gift given by someone special (friend, lover, stalker). It’s time to crack your knuckles, wring your wrists, and get ready to make something with your hands!

 

Check out these craft stores around Metro Manila to get you started on being creative.

 

Craft Manila

 

Craft MNL

Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Workshops are held on weekends)

Unit Y, The Collective, 7274 Malugay Street, Baranggay San Antonio, Makati City

What to expect: Let’s start with the haven for all things crafty. Craft MNL offers art supplies, artwork, and they even sell skills (via workshops!). From modular origami to toy-making using epoxy resin, Craft MNL will make you feel like you can do anything you want (for a small fee).

 

Deovir Arts

Deovir Arts

Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Accepts online orders

Click here for a list of stores

What to expect: They sell art bags which come in handy because they have everything you need to be an artist...or at least, feel like one. Paint, easel, canvas, brush, all sorts of paper, cutting tools, adhesives, and, of course, books to help you build something with the materials they have.

 

Dreams Yarnshoppe

 

Dreams Yarnshoppe

Open during mall hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

3/F Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati City

What to expect: Divisoria might be heaven for yarn-addicts but Dreams comes close to paradise too. Aside from carrying the Red Heart brand, they provide you with cotton, worsted acrylic, viscose-rayon, and virgin wool yarn. If you’re new to hooks and needles, the sight might be overwhelming but once you get the hang of the ins and outs of knitting, this is a shop you’ll definitely frequent.

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Maning's

 

Maning’s

Open during mall hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Unit F-11, 2/F Farmers Plaza Cubao, Quezon City

What to expect: Framed portraits will greet you at its facade. Yes, you can have your sketches framed here but more importantly, they carry crocheting and knitting supplies. They have finished products but that should be a last resort. Buy yarn. Lots of it!

 

VC Trading

 

VC Trading

Open during mall hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

2/F  Farmers Plaza Cubao, Quezon City

What to expect: Leather strips. Yes, they have leather strips, which you can use to customize your shoes and bags! You’ll also find everything you need to complete your sewing kit here. Thread, fabric, yarn, needles, hooks-it’s all in there. It’s a pretty busy place and the crowded sight might put you off but it’s an indication of the quality of their products (and reasonably low prices).


Heavenly Stitching Moments

 

Heavenly Stitching Moments

Open during mall hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Lower G/F, Quirino Hi-way, SM Fairview, Quezon City

What to expect: If you want to start small, this little place is right up your alley (if you live in Fairview). You can guess by the name that it’s a specialty store to scratch that itch you have for stitching. You can buy your first crochet hook or knitting needles here, plus you can keep coming back for yarn, yarn, and more yarn. (They sell Red Heart brand crocheting yarn, which is a pretty decent brand.)

 

Hobbes and Landes

Click here for a list of their stores

What to expect: Why do we include this? Don’t they sell toys? If you take the time to look around the shop, Hobbes and Landes actually offers craft materials, like everything you need to make clay Sculpey. They have kits of things you can assemble, a small selection of paint materials, and as a selling point, it’s not as crowded as Divisoria. There’s a small price for convenience, and, since Hobbes and Landes have branches throughout the Metro, they can wear their badge of accessibility" with pride.

 

Hey Kessy and Heima

 

Hey Kessy and Heima

Hey Kessy is an online store.

Heima is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Click here for a list of Heima branches.

What to expect: If your needs are limited to paper crafts and wrapping things up nicely, check out Heima and Hey Kessy. Both stores offer creative ways to add presentation to your presents. There are a thousand different ways to use washi tapes and they make things a thousand times cuter.

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Shmily

 

Shmily

Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2442 Pedro Gil Street,  Sta. Ana, Manila City

What to expect: Stringing beads together is a relaxing hobby but level up by paying Shmily a visit. Learn how to make the bottlecap necklaces you see in small stalls, print your own stickers, and while you’re there, you can pick up everything you need to wrap your creations-ready to be given as gifts to friends.

 

Yarn Source Manila

 

Online Shop: Yarn Source Manila

What to expect: If you don’t want to leave the house (and with the infernal Manila traffic, who really does?), log on to Yarn Source Manila and have everything delivered to you. They have a great selection of knitting and crocheting yarn, and they even offer discounts on some items. Bookmark it now.

 

Gantsilyo

 

Online Shop: Gantsilyo

What to expect: Hooks in sets, a variety of needles, patterns, and other stitching accessories like stitch markers, tatting shuttles, and an organizer for your equipment. One of our favorites is the "comfort grips" for sale, because blisters are something you should expect when you start getting hooked on crocheting. Gantsilyo’s clean layout is impressive and their selection even more so.

 

Paper Chic Studios

 

Online Shop: Paper Chic Studios

What to expect: The website is down for maintenance but feel free to peruse their products on Facebook. Gift-wrapping supplies are available but our favorite are the rubber stamps. It makes heartfelt, handwritten notes more official.

 

Photos from the official pages of the stores

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