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8 Craft Stores to visit in Melbourne (Apart from Spotlight!)

April 2, 2018

I recently had the luxury of taking a 8 day road trip to Melbourne, Australia and went about spending time with farm animals, visiting vineyards and distilleries but also the many craft stores Australia has to offer! While most of the stores are located in the Melbourne CBD, there were some others that I managed to visit along the way while driving along the Great Ocean Road so I’ve split this post into two different categories.

Note: This list is accurate and updated as of 2nd April 2018. Please do give the stores a call to check if the branch is still around/ the opening hours are correct before making a trip down!

Located in Melbourne CBD (Alphabetical Order)

The following craft stores are mostly along Lonsdale street, and are walking distance to each other. 
Melbourne-Craft-Stores-Map

Dean’s Art

Supplies: Framing services, paper, easels, canvas, paints, markers, inks, coloured pencils, etc

Catered for: Fine arts students/artists and graphic arts

Brands they carry: Pebeo, Staedtler, Copic, Mexpy, Lyra, Holbein, Derwent, Crayola, The Masters, etc

My experience: There seems to be quite a number of students coming through, the retail staff were happy to help with my enquiries (i was looking for a watercolour brush!) and shared their own experiences with the brands they carry.

Things to note: Enjoy 10% off with a student card

 

Location of Store in pic: 
369-371 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000.
T: (03) 9602 2184

Opening hours:

Mon – Thur   9.00am – 5.30pm
Fri   9.00am – 6.00pm
Sat   10.00am – 5.00pm
Sun   12.00am – 4.00pm

They do also have 4 other outlets apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

 

Eckersley’s Art & Craft

Supplies: Oil, acrylic and watercolour paints, colour pencils, pastels, sketchbooks, silkscreen materials, paper, markers, spray paint, etc.

Catered for: Fine arts students/artists and graphic arts, basic general crafts

Brands they carry: Copic, Derwent, Rembrandt, Jasart, Liquitex, etc.

My experience: The store was filled with students (probably from RMIT’s School of Art nearby) coming in and out and it was a relatively small store filled with art class essentials.

 

 

Location of Store in pic: 
463 Swanston Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

T: (03) 8539 3160

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri   8.30am – 6.00pm
Sat   10.00am – 5.00pm 
Sun   11.00am – 4.00pm

They do also have 3 other outlets in Victoria apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

Kaisercraft

Supplies: Bath bombs, office stationery, wooden frames, paper cutters, washi tape, stickers, coloured paper, etc.

Catered for: Craft hobbyist and home owners

Brands they carry: Kaisercraft (home brand), Friskars, Martha Stewart, 

My experience: Definitely more suitable for a craft hobbyist and scrapbooker, they did carry their own housebrand (Kaisercraft) items which looked like pretty good quality.

Location of Store:

Spencer Outlet Centre, 201 Spencer St
Melbourne, Victoria 3008
Australia

T: (03) 9670 8069

Opening hours:

Mon – Thurs   10.00am – 6.00pm
Fri   10.00am – 8.00pm 
Sat & Sun   10.00am – 6.00pm

They do also have 21 other outlets in Australia apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

Lincraft

Supplies: Sewing machines, fabric, home decor, paints, embroidery thread, yarn, buttons, cross stitch, zips, etc.

Catered for: Craft hobbyists, people who sew, crochet, knit, general crafts.

Brands they carry: Lincraft house brand and other imported brands (too many to mention!)

My experience: The store immediately reminded me of the Singapore Spotlight branch, but with smaller range of similar products (craft, fabrics and home decor). I liked that I could identify their house brand products and the prices were very competitive. 

Location of Store in pic:

360 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

T: (03) 9642 0755

Opening hours:

Mon – Wed   9.00am – 6.00pm
Thurs   9.00am – 7.00pm
Fri   9.00am – 9.00pm 
Sat & Sun   10.00am – 5.00pm

They do also have 4 other outlets in Victoria apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

Melbourne Artists’ Supplies

Supplies: canvas, frames, mounting boards, easels, clay, markers, coloured paper, 

Catered for: Fine arts students/artists

Brands they carry: Premo, Daler Rowney,

My experience: Definitely also another art store catered to the RMIT art students, this store stocked all the art class essentials with a big range of easels on the second floor. Walking distance from Melboune Central Station.

Location of Store in pic:

34-36 Little La Trobe Street
Melbourne 3000
Australia

T: (03) 9639 6622

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri   9.00am – 6.00pm
Sat   10.00am – 5.00pm 
Sun   CLOSED

They do also have 2 other outlets in Victoria apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

Morris & Sons

Supplies: Fabric, yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, haberdashery, pattern books, crafting classes, etc.

Catered for: Craft hobbyist, people who are interested in patchwork, crochet, knitting, embroidery

Brands they carry: Morris & sons (housebrand), Patons, Morris, Manos del Uruguay, Rosarios, Cleakheaton, Noro, DMC, etc.

My experience: Lovely store with a clean and neat layout which made everything very easy to find. They hold regular classes to teach you how to crochet and knit as well and the staff were super knowledgable about the craft and the yarns that they carry. Good range of premium yarns that cannot be found at the usual craft stores although slightly on the pricier side.

Location of Store in pic:

Level 1, 234 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

T: (03) 9654 0888

Opening hours:

Mon – Wed   10.00am – 6.00pm
Thurs   10.00am – 7.00pm 
Fri   10.00am – 6.00pm 
Sat   10.00am – 5.00pm
Sun   12.00pm – 5.00pm

They do also have 4 other outlets in Australia apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

Riot Art & Craft

Supplies: Paints, craft kits, rope, moulding supplies, canvas, easels, etc.

Catered for: Kids, general crafts, Art students

Brands they carry: Holcroft, The Art Studio, Faber Castell, Urban Crafter, etc.

My experience: Well stocked with many craft kits and materials which are more targetted for the younger crafters and artists. 

Location of Store in pic:

286 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
VIC 3065
Australia

T: (03) 9416 3620

Opening hours:

Mon – Tues   10.00am – 6.00pm (Closed 2-3pm)
Wed – Sat    10.00am – 6.00pm 
Sun   11.00am – 5.00pm

They do also have 17 other outlets in Victoria apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

Located outside Melbourne CBD

Dromana Wool & Crafts

Supplies: Yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, embroidery materials, pattern books, buttons, etc.

Catered for: People who crochet, knit, do embroidery

Brands they carry: Patons, Panda, Caron, Heirloom, Cleakheaton, Fiddlesticks, Katia, King Cole

My experience: I probably spent more than an hour at Dromana Wool & Crafts just trying to pick some yarn to walk home with. Storeowner Camille was extremely patient and knowledgeable, and spent her time chatting with us about the different yarns and helping out with the yardage estimation. Fantastic place to pop by if you crochet/knit! 

Location of Store in pic:

9 Pier Street
Dromana, Victoria 3936
Australia

T: (03) 5981 0564

Opening hours are unavailable. You might want to give them a call before making a trip down!

Spotlight (Included anyway!)

Supplies: Home decor and appliances, kitchenware, sewing machines, fabric, yarn, paints, wood, trimmings, etc.

Catered for: General crafts, home owners, craft hobbyists.

Brands they carry: Crafters Choice, Pebeo, DecoArt, Craftsmart, Faber Castell, Semco, Casa Domani, Jamie Oliver, Brampton, Logan & Mason, etc.

My experience: The layout and range of products were very similar to what we have in Singapore, but I definitely noticed much more home furnishing and kitchen appliances there. There were some brands that are unavailable here, and clearance items (like yarn) that could be as cheap at 50cents (say whattttt!).

Location of Store in pic:

111 Cecil Street,
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Australia

T: (03) 9682 0866

Opening hours:

Mon – Wed   9.00am – 6.00pm
Thurs – Fri   9.00am – 9.00pm 
Sat   9.00am – 6.00pm
Sun   10.00am – 5.00pm

They do also have 26 other outlets in Victoria apart from the one listed above. You can check out all their locations here.

What a list!! Now I’m itching to travel to more places to do up more craft store roundups like this one! Maybe a local one next? Let us know what you think!

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