Living in remote Australia, hundreds and hundreds of kilometers away from a craft shop, it’s hard to find material for us to use. Our town doesn’t have a craft shop, and Spotlight – Australia’s largest ‘craft warehouse’ – only produces a small catalogue and doesn’t have an online shop, so it’s nearly impossible to buy material from them if you’re not in-store. It leaves us in a predicament. We want material – but with nowhere to buy it from! (We don’t even have sheep we can can shear and make our own material from!)
But… we found a solution (outside of the sheep idea!)
We discovered that there’s a few online, Australian, material shops around! yay yay yay! So, for the benefit of any other Australian crafters out there, here are the few we’ve found that have become our favourites:
Funky Fabrix – This one is absolutely fantastic! One day a friend turned up at our house with a stack of funky fabrics, which we pounced upon, then wondered how come we couldn’t find the website ourselves!
We are starting to make better use of Lincraft too. Lincraft is another warehouse of sorts but has a better online store than Spotlight. It is particularly good for dressmaking material.
I’m sure there are a few more gems out there awaiting our discovery, but these three have supplied us fairly well. Funky Fabrix and Quilt Fabric Delights might be slightly more expensive than Spotlight, but we think it’s worth the extra price. I’m keeping my eye out for ads of other material suppliers in the back of craft magazines; our favourite is Homespun magazine. I wonder if, since the AU Dollar is doing so well at the moment, whether checking out some online American stores might be a good idea too.
So, whether we are an Australian or not, tell me – where do you find your material from (online and in-store)?
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