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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Shops to buy craft materials in Turkey.. on: October 16, 2007 01:53:08 PM
Istanbul is a really bustling city.  Turkey is heaven as far as knitting and crochet go.  They have wonderful yarn and thread shops!  I'd take my own needles and hooks at first, especially the larger sizes, but they have a great selection of those as well.  I know you will enjoy finding fun yarn shops.  You will probably find one or two near your home but if you go to the shopping districts you will probably find a bunch of them near each other.  Shops are generally clumped together in the shopping districts.

Have fun!
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: beads fabrics in istanbul on: October 16, 2007 04:16:14 AM
I'm planning on going to the Bead Conference (http://www.istanbul-boncuk.org/ ) in November.  I am looking for other bead stores in Istanbul as well.  We are staying in Taxim but will also be in Sultanahmet.  Are there bead shops in the Grand Bazaar?

Thank you,
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Istanbul Bead Conference on: October 16, 2007 04:13:35 AM
In November there is going to be a Bead conference in Istanbul.  Here is a link to it if you want more information.


I am planning on attending and I was wondering if anyone can tell me where some other bead shops are located in Istanbul, especially near Taxim and Sultanahmet. 

Thank you,

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Shops to buy craft materials in Turkey.. on: October 16, 2007 02:30:43 AM
I haven't been to Kemer myself, but I can imagine it is a nice place but not a big city.  It is near Antalya which would be bigger and have more shopping opportunities. 

I located this link for you:

Basically, everyplace in Turkey has a weekly shopping bazaar, called Pazar here.  They should have a great variety of fun stuff.  Craft shops are hard to find anywhere in Turkey, but you may find some cool stuff.  I suspect there would be more variety in the summer, as this is probably more of a turisty town. 

Have fun and enjoy yourself.  Be on the guard for pick-pockets!

5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Shops to buy craft materials in Turkey.. on: September 09, 2005 02:17:52 PM
Hi Diane,

I am so honored to be a part of the Glass Attic family!  Wow! 

All 4 of those stores should have clay.  They are a chain and should carry the same stuff.  I've only been to the first two, but they all have the same owner and should have it. 

No, I haven't tried Italy yet.  I will look into it more.  I was looking at your site with ideas about getting clay from the states and having it flattened!  Cool idea!  Actually, the last time I got clay I had my college age son pick some up from Michael's ($.99) and bring it when he came for a visit! 

On a personal note I have fibromyalgia as well.  Mine is Lyme related, though, so I am on antibiotics for it.  I also have a child starting college next year.  Now I need to figure out how many pairs of earrings I need to sell to pay for it!!!!!!!!

Take care,  Sandy
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: help please!i want to sell my crafts on the web but where??? on: September 08, 2005 12:42:10 PM
I found another site called Pazaryerim.com.  They look like eJoya, but you might find it helpful.

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Turkish recipes on: September 08, 2005 12:38:50 PM
One thing that everyone loves is Sigara Boregi, or Deep Fried Feta Cheese Rolls.  In Turkey I use Yufka, but in America I use won ton wrappers.  Make a filling of crumbled Feta cheese and chopped flat leaf Italian parsley.  Put about a teaspoon of filling into a wrapper, roll up like an egg roll, sealing with water or egg wash, and deep fry in oil.  Yummy!

Another easy thing is Pogaca, or feta cheese stuffed biscuits.  In America I use Pilsbury buttermilk biscuits or cresent rolls and the same feta cheese mixture as above.  I take one biscuit, flatten it out, put a spoonful of filling in, and fold them over into half moon shapes and seal well.  Brush the top with an egg wash, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and bake as directed on the biscuit can.  Great appetizer.

8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: help please!i want to sell my crafts on the web but where??? on: September 08, 2005 12:30:34 PM
Have you looked into EBay?  I haven't tried it, but they do have all kinds of crafts for sale there.

9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Shops to buy craft materials in Turkey.. on: September 08, 2005 12:28:58 PM
Oh, one more note on ordering supplies from another country.  The value of the package must be under 100 Euro or it will get tied up in customs.  Also, envelopes come better than boxes.

10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Shops to buy craft materials in Turkey.. on: September 08, 2005 12:22:03 PM
Dear Diane, 

First of all, I want to thank you for your Glass Attic site.  It has been my close companion on this journey of crafting!  I have been working with fimo for under a year and I am already able to make and sell beads and jewelry.  It's been a blast. 

Sources for Fimo:
On a previous reply I gave the addresses for Sabuncu.  They sell Premo for 3 YTL (a little over $2) if you pay cash.  More if you charge it.  They had a few other supplies but not many for working with the clays. 

There is a large store here called Pratiker, kinda like a Home Depot, and they sell Fimo for 3.50 YTL.

There is another crafting forum called Kosuyolu.net and I met a man also from Izmir on that forum who is able to sell Fimo for about 2.25 YTL.  His info from that site is "halojenite, mail adresim halojenite@hotmail.com izmirdeyim cep: 0 555 375 78 80".

Also, another option is to order from Europe.  I have ordered from England, Polymer Clay Pit, and have been able to get orders with very little problems.  They have a greater supply of cutters, texture sheets, and colors of Fimo.  It does cost a little more to order from them, but I have been very happy with their service and selection. 

Are you planning any other trips to Izmir?

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