Hobbycraft is easily one of my favourite stores on this planet. Despite the fact I'm not artsy in the slightest, this shop is a godsend for artsy people. I'm led to believe that the one up at The Fort is the only one in Glasgow, and it's always absolutely packed whenever I'm in, and that's probably why.
It has 2 entire floors of everything you could possibly need, from beads to make your own bracelets, to paints/pencils/pens, to an enormous amount of wool for knitters, to another enormous amount of fake flowers for flower arrangers. And pretty much everything else in-between. They even do baking equipment!
The staff in here are incredibly knowledgable and helpful, and always give service with a smile. I'd always use here for any artsy needs (not that I ever have any). With incredibly fair prices, it's also a fantastic value for money store.
My mum and I got out the sat nav and ventured to the Glasgow Fort solely for this store - she's a bit of a craft-obsessive and had heard great things.
It is certainly huge and has pretty much every craft and art material you could want (although my mum was disappointed they didn't have a 'fill a box' with paper). However, we found ourselves leaving with just one small, light bag and slightly disappointed after such a long trip.
My mum kept whispering to me how everything was cheaper online and even in other craft stores. So as far as stock goes, you will find what you're looking for but expect to pay for it.
It does however have some gorgeous things to wrap Christmas presents in if you want to give presents with a difference this year :)
Whenever I walk into a craft or hobby shop, I wonder how they keep their business afloat. Here, it seems to be inflated prices.
This particular Hobbycraft is located at the Glasgow Fort - between First Choice travel and the gym.
For the craft connoisseur, it's probably not fantastic. I'm sure there are loads of crafties who walk away disappointed if they've come for something specific or particularly pretty. However, for the basics, Hobbycraft seems to have it covered.
From needles and threads to beanbag refiller to big sparkly letters to pre-made craft kits, Hobbycraft has an absolutely enormous selection.
Craft is my mothers hobby, so this massive shop is to her what the Oxford Street branch of Topshop in London is to me- heaven.
In saying that, i actually went to Hobbycraft on my own to find a few bits and bobs to make some posters for my birthday. I needed a few coloured sheets of paper and markers, and various glittery bits of stuff, which i knew i would get in here.
It is absolutely huuuuge! If you don't know your way around your crafts then you will probably get lost and confused in here, and spend half an hour finding the tills.
I got what i came for, and a few other random bits that i didn't need and will never use. I didn't realise there were so many different kinds of pen and paper combinations! They literally have everything you could want in here if craft is your thing.
They are not kidding when they refer to this place as a craft "superstore"! It is massive! I never knew that so much craft even existed!
When I first started dressmaking my mum bought me my sewing machine from Hobbycraft. It is a cracking little thing which she got half price. The manufacturer is Brother so it is good quality and more than adequate for a dressmaking novice like me. I also buy lots of threads and needles and such like from Hobbycraft as they have a wide selection at decent prices. However I tend to go to local independent craft and haberdashery stores for things like buttons and fabric. As Hobbycraft is a chain store which sells stock for so many different crafts this means that their supply of fabrics and buttons tends to be fairly generic. You're not going to find anything particularly interesting or unusual here. I like Damselfly and the Queen Bee for buttons and Mandors for fabric.
Hobbycraft has a great selection of crafts to keep kids amused. Build your own model planes for boys and decorate a jewelry box for girls and all those sorts of things. They have rows and rows of art supplies right up to the bulkier items such as easels.
I have also been to this Hobbycraft store to look at card making supplies to help my friend make her wedding invitations. While they do have a great selection, as with the dressmaking stuff, don't expect anything out of the ordinary. Again I would recommend coming to Hobbycraft for your basics such as card and glue. If you want any unusual embellishments for your cards try local stores of have a look online.
When I was little, one of the very first Hobbycraft stores opened up in a retail park near where I lived. Just one trip and I was hooked. I'm not particularly crafty, but I do love the idea of craftiness - and I could quite easily spend hours gazing at crepe paper and knitting kits and rubber stamps. However - then tragedy struck. My beloved Hobbycraft burnt down (possibly quite easily with all that paper and wood) and they didn't replace it.
Now Hobbycraft stores are more of a common thing, I still get that same thrill when I see one and want to rush in and pretend to be artistic. Sadly, the only things I ever tend to buy are a few bits of paper and various felt tip pens or sharpies.
If I was completely honest, though, I'd have to say that I tend to be a little bit disappointed by this particular Hobbycraft. It's not as big as other stores, and doesn't seem to have the same range of crafty things that I've seen in other branches.
Still ace for pretending to be artistic though. (And a lot cheaper than actually being artistic in here....)
This is an absolutely huge art and craft shop located in Glasgow Fort. They have a really wide range of craft supplies including cardmaking, knitting, jewellery making, painting etc.
The prices are a little higher than other places I've seen, however you can get everything under one roof.
I was there on a Saturday and it was absolutely packed.
This store is part of Glasgow fort so there is free parking.
Hobby craft Glasgow is the only one in Scotland currently but there is one opening in Edinburgh fort April 2009.
Hobby craft sell supplies for all kinds of crafts, beads, papers, yarns,buttons,trimmings,card toppers,paints, inks etc etc
I do find that compared to the prices and selection of crafting supplies available on line or in smaller independent craft shops Hobby craft lacks choice and is a bit over priced.
Never the less I suppose not everyone has access or knowlege of internet shopping.
Hobby craft staff are very well trained and it is always easy to find someone who can help out with finding things or decision making.
This shop is situated in the Glasgow Fort Retail Park. It shares a car park with the retail park and it has always been difficult to find a parking space.
Maybe I'm spoiled because I have been shopping online for my craft supplies for years before this store opened, but I can't help thinking that the experience of shopping in this busy shop isn't worth the trip. I seem to spend a lot of time browsing and thinking that I could buy the items cheaper online from smaller retailers and not actually buy anything.
The last time I visited I was looking for beads and found the selection unsatisfactory.
It's a great shop if you're buying a gift for someone or just browsing without knowing exactly what you need, but I was disappointed by the limited selection in each category and the difficulty of moving around this shop, which being the only one in Scotland, is usually jam packed.
A very large store and the only one in Scotland and this itself makes the store busy. Avoid at a weekend or go early otherwise you find yourself in a queue. This store holds a lot of stock but I can not help but feel it could be better signed, it is okay if your just looking to browse and you can take your time.
The stock includes a few rows of items for children including paint and stickers etc. It can be quite expensive compared with other shops.
There is a good selection of card and papers upstairs along with frames and canvases.
They sell material, wool and various other bits and pieces.
It is a good store in that it has a lot of stock but I find some of the prices too expensive and do not always buy when I go in.
Love this shop I spent a good hour or so browsing the place and picked up some fun things to use for costuming projects. Only bad point is sometimes the layout could be more consolidated seems to be a lot of similar items are dotted around the store, rather than grouped together.
This shop really does have everything you could want in terms of craft material. I've always found what I was looking for - from elasticated thread to cinammon sticks to crochet. Its a fantastic shop to browse. The have, knitting, flower arranging, sewing, model making, embroidery. Upstairs they have a selection of wedding crafts & card making.
Good choice for all your crafting needs. Good prices.
A bit expensive and perhaps a little bit of everything rather than specialising in some areas, but hard to complain with the amount of stuff they have here.
This is a fantastic art and crafts shop it has a wide selection of card, paper of various colours. It also stocks latch hook rugs, an aisle full of cross stitches. They have crafts for younger children along with the usual jigsaws, scrapbook materials etc. It is split onto two levels and the upper level is accessable by a small lift or stairs. It is a bright store. It gets very busy at weekends and although prices can be expensive it makes a difference having everything you need under one roof so i suppose your paying for convience too. the car parking is free as it is located in a retail park.
This is the only Hobbycraft in Scotland and it is a really busy store. Has a range of products for every type of art and craft that you can think of. No matter when you visit it is always busy but there are usually loads of staff on so not a huge problem. It is expensive then and you can buy cheaper online but you have the advantage here of being able to browse there large selection of products. You can often find leaflets with money of when you spend a certain amount of money, so it is worth keeping a lookout if you are planning to visit. Even if you have never crafted before it is well laid out and staff are helpful and they do kits and books aimed at beginners as well as the more experienced.
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