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These are some of my favorite resources for all things crafting. This list is not comprehensive and is subject to revision.
(Note: I do not have affiliate relationships with any of the brands featured below.)
General Crafting Materials
When I need to purchase crafting materials, I first do my research online to see how much the item will cost. I visit various websites to see if I can get a good deal. I usually stop by Michaels first because, hello, coupons! Plus, they usually have decent prices for many of the items that I use. However, I will shop on Amazon if the items are not sold at Michaels.
If I want something special, or if I don’t like what I see at the major retailers, then I’ll go to a specialty store online. These are some of my favorites:
Lion Brand– Wool-Ease Thick ‘N Quick, Woolspun
Yarnspirations – for Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream, Caron, Bernat, Patons, and Red Heart brands
Knit Picks – especially for their cotton/linen yarn and silk yarn
Webs – a variety of yarns; you could buy affordable yarns, like their Valley Yarns line, or you could buy more expensive yarns, like Madelinetosh or Malabrigo
Purl Soho – more expensive than your usual sites; also have their own brand of yarn, but it’s more expensive than Valley Yarns or Lion Brand
Fabulous Yarn – another site with expensive yarn, but they have great kits and patterns.
Denise Interchangeable Knitting and Crochet – made and based in the USA
Jewelry Making Supplies
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
Happy Mango Beads
Leather Cord USA
Beads and Pieces
Many of the sites listed above also feature crafting projects and tutorials, so they are a great place to start.
Patterns, Projects, Tutorials, and Other Reference Materials
KnittingHelp.com– video tutorials for various knitting stitches
New Stitch a Day – video tutorials for various knitting and crochet stitches
Blueprint – video classes for a variety of crafts
YarnSub – great for determining which brand of yarn to substitute in a pattern
Ravelry – yarn lovers “social network”
Free Vintage Knitting – vintage knitting and crochet patterns that are in the public domain
All Free Knitting
All Free Jewelry Making
Better Homes and Gardens
Pickles – They are based in Norway, so I don’t order yarn from them. However, I love their knitting patterns.