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CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS => SCOTLAND => Topic started by: zen_child on August 19, 2004 02:15:58 PM



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Post by: zen_child on August 19, 2004 02:15:58 PM
I do wonder how many Scottish craftsters there are out there.  I'm from Dundee, myself.  This website has become somewhat of a curse for me; I can't visit then leave, I'll browse for ages and want to have a go at everything.  It kind of annoys me that a lot of the yarns (and lots of other things, considering the high majority of users seem to be American) talked about aren't widely available in the UK (that I've found, anyway) unless you go through the company websites or something, and that can get inordinately expensive (for a teenager with very little money, at least).

So step forward.  Are you Scottish?

(Is this kind of post even allowed in here?  I'm just trying to find out how many of us there are at Craftster.)


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Post by: Caradea on August 22, 2004 08:23:20 AM
I'm not scottish (american expat in London) but you'll find that most American posters will oo and ahh over some of the higher standard yarns we get over here in the UK.
I'm new to craftster too and I have some links for UK people for online yarn sources for those of us far from any yarn/wool shop. I'll post some here just because I can't believe there's no scottish crafters either and these sites should ship to scottyland  :D
http://www.knitting-yarn.co.uk/ Dianne's Knitting Yarn, good for cheaper yarns, DK-weight acrylics for about 99p/100g skein usually. I've used them many times and they're really fast with shipping orders out. Also sells "toy yarn" - 25g skeins of acrylic yarn for 40pence each. Also sells some more expensive "fashion yarns".
http://www.texere.co.uk/ - Texere Yarns, sells some "tops" and fibres for spinning, felting and papermaking, some embroidery floss-type cotton, a few odds and ends of velvet offcuts and lots and lots of different yarns in small balls or large cones. Seem to be reasonably priced and one day I'll stop being such a cheapskate and buy some yarn from them  :-X Lots of chenille yarns which tend to be more common in the US.
http://www.laina-crafts.co.uk/ They have an online shop but I just tried clicking on it and got an error. I hope they haven't stopped their online business because they sold Twilley's Goldfingering - nice super sparkly stuff!
http://www.craftbits.co.uk/ Craft Bits, the craft bits side of Dianne's Knitting Yarn site. I've emailed them before and they can arrange for combined orders from Dianne's Knitting Yarn site and Craft Bits if you want to save a few pence on shipping. They sell black chenille stems! It's the only place I could buy single colour chenille stems from. Also sells rolls of "thonging" if you want to try crocheting/knitting with that.

Um, I hope this helps. I might go and paste this over in the Links section now...


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Post by: ysolda on August 23, 2004 06:00:54 AM
im in scotland, teehe was me that got this baord and then didnt post anything in it... oopsydaisy... i know of one or two ppl on here taht are in scotland, but there must be more


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Post by: vratch on August 25, 2004 04:36:30 PM
I'm a Scottish ex-pat living in the USA currently.  That's interesting what someone posted about the yarn. I was surprised by the lack of selection of tempting wools in the USA, I had assumed there would be more choices than in the UK.

If any Scottish folks are trying to get hold of specific craft supplies from the USA I would be willing to post stuff over... in exchange for say some Jaffacakes maybe...


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Post by: robotsrock on September 17, 2004 06:33:53 AM
in exchange for say some Jaffacakes maybe...

Very strange, a friend of mine was talking about posting Jaffa Cakes to the US the other day!

I'm Scottish and like doing crafty stuff. I had it easy, as for the last year I've worked in a fabric store in Glasgow and we had a fair amount of basic craft and card-making supplies (and the whole Impex catalogue to choose from). There's also a couple of art stores with fairly decent craft supplies nearby. I'm curious to know, what can't you find in Scotland? Remember sometimes things have different names in the US, or are known by the brand name.

xxx


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Post by: Spidette on September 17, 2004 11:56:53 PM
Hiya just wanted to say I'm a crafty gal thats in Edinburgh(expat from the states that has decided to come home aka my dads from scotland), and i also was wondering how many of us are out there(in Scotland that is) I would love to know of any craft groups or knitting groups in or around edinburgh. I am so happy that this topic was here yayyyyyy!!!!!  ;D


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Post by: Cork on September 20, 2004 04:28:36 AM
There are orginisations for craft makers. Near to you there is an assosiation of Craft Makers in Fife.

www.made-in-fife.co.uk. Is their website with links to their members sites.

They even publish an A5 sized booklet. And have regular showings.

Enjoy.


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Post by: Suzybeth on December 12, 2004 10:09:36 AM
hmmm My husband is Scottish, can I peek into the Scottish forum? LOL, I just told him the original poster of this thread was from Dundee,(where he was born) and he said "No Way!" small world, although we live in the US, North Carolina to be exact, we met via the internet about 6 years ago.


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Post by: shona on January 29, 2005 05:57:18 AM
Hi
I'm in Scotland ! Maybe the name gave that away!
I'd like to get involved in a knitting group.
One friend is getting into knitting (I'm working on her!), so I guess we could always have a mini snb group!


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Post by: Karensff on February 06, 2005 12:37:42 AM
Hello,

I'm from Scotland. I can find most of what I need in the stores in Glasgow. If not then definitely at the craft fairs that take place. If I can't wait then I usually just go onto the net.

Karen :)


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Post by: tartan_skirt on August 13, 2005 04:00:11 PM
*jumps up and down*

I'm Scottish, living in South West Scotland. Some things on the site I have no idea where to get living where I am, but at the moment I'll just make do with what I can get. Theres some nice little craft shops here that I visit, but I'll also buy online if I need to.


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Post by: fairie_shoes on August 21, 2005 11:35:03 AM
heyho
yay lonely scottish people get together to moan! how typically scottish hehe  ;)
I work in a fabric shop, so I cant really complain, although the choice of dress fabric is constantly decreasing, i guess theres more money to be made in upholstery  :-\
Also apparently its hard to source dress fabric because manufacturers just dont make that much in the UK anymore because of lack of demand.. so OBVIOUSLY the answer is for us all to buy as much as we can and get other people into it....
for the good of the industry  8)


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Post by: misofunky on October 11, 2006 07:59:01 AM
i'm scottish! 

and i know there's a whole load more of us out there who are postin on this forum!

step forwards, you know who you are.


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Post by: serialdeviant on October 30, 2006 12:29:08 PM
I'm not Scottish, but I live in Scotland, does that count?

I spoke to my cousin's wife, and she said the only way to get any craft supplies affordably is online and at fairs.


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Post by: tazzell on October 30, 2006 12:44:52 PM
I'm not Scottish either but I live in NE Scotland.  I've been lurking here for a while now and have to say I have lost so much time not only seeing what amazing things everyone here makes but trying to pluck up the courage to join in  ::)
I live in a very rural bit of Scotland but we are incredibly lucky to have a wonderful lady who is our local florist but dedicates a bit of her shop to crafts so I at least have access to some wool, needles and my most recent purchase acrylic paint  ;D


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Post by: shona on October 31, 2006 01:11:20 PM
I'm not Scottish either but I live in NE Scotland.  I've been lurking here for a while now and have to say I have lost so much time not only seeing what amazing things everyone here makes but trying to pluck up the courage to join in  ::)
I live in a very rural bit of Scotland but we are incredibly lucky to have a wonderful lady who is our local florist but dedicates a bit of her shop to crafts so I at least have access to some wool, needles and my most recent purchase acrylic paint  ;D

Hi Taz
I AM Scottish, and DO also live in NE Scotland - well almost - north of Perth... where are you?
Shona


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Post by: tazzell on October 31, 2006 04:44:21 PM
Hey Shona  ;D
I'm in Laurencekirk - halfway between Aberdeen and Dundee.


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Post by: shooting star on October 31, 2006 09:21:49 PM
I'm from dundee :)

Though I am currently living in Singapore just now, until next summer.


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Post by: serialdeviant on November 01, 2006 09:57:19 AM
I'm from dundee :)

Though I am currently living in Singapore just now, until next summer.

Haha! I moved from Singapore to Central Scotland one month ago!


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Post by: shooting star on November 01, 2006 07:49:56 PM
heehee, we swapped places!  I think thats the most extreme swap craftster has seen   ;) :D


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Post by: serialdeviant on November 02, 2006 02:01:53 PM
 ;D :D

Can we get in the record books?

I bought a couple of craft punches in Glasgow city centre today in BW, BookWorld's discount outlet, 2 small ones for 1.99. Not too bad, I think.


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Post by: tazzell on November 02, 2006 04:24:41 PM
Cool can I extreme swap places with someone somewhere warm lol


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Post by: shona on November 03, 2006 02:42:29 PM
Cool can I extreme swap places with someone somewhere warm lol

It is pretty cold out there tonight anyway!
Shona


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Post by: tazzell on November 03, 2006 04:00:06 PM
Cool can I extreme swap places with someone somewhere warm lol

It is pretty cold out there tonight anyway!
Shona

Yep winter has arrived me thinks.  But it's going to get a whole lot colder before we see spring but man I love the fact we get proper seasons up here :D


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Post by: shooting star on November 03, 2006 07:37:07 PM
Cool can I extreme swap places with someone somewhere warm lol

Will it cheer you up slightly knowing that I'm coming back to Scotland at christmas and I'm going to suffer from the big change in temperature!  I forsee many many layers of clothes and lots of wooly hats, scarfs and gloves!


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Post by: shooting star on November 03, 2006 07:38:53 PM
;D :D

Can we get in the record books?


haha, that would be cool


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Post by: shona on November 04, 2006 03:12:10 AM
Cool can I extreme swap places with someone somewhere warm lol

Will it cheer you up slightly knowing that I'm coming back to Scotland at christmas and I'm going to suffer from the big change in temperature!  I forsee many many layers of clothes and lots of wooly hats, scarfs and gloves!

But that's great - lots of excuses for buying yarn and knitting!


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Post by: shooting star on November 04, 2006 04:32:54 AM
true - very true!

I may just have to use that as my excuse and finally get around to learning how to knit in the round!


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Post by: tazzell on November 04, 2006 11:56:52 AM
Yep definately a great excuse to stock up on wool ;)


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Post by: Penguinhorde on November 06, 2006 05:19:18 PM


I may just have to use that as my excuse and finally get around to learning how to knit in the round!

You're a pretty good knitter & all round crafter, so you'll pick up it no probs. Get yourself some 40cm (16inch) circs, and start making hats. It's pretty nippy round here just now so you should probably add in some ear flaps  :)

And as for weird swaps, you've been replaced at the Craft Group by a dozen Chinese ladies, who love jewellery making & get very excited when I produce my knitting.


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Post by: shooting star on November 06, 2006 06:11:56 PM
Thanks for the tip.  I will hopefully get around to learning it this christmas - I should maybe make it a new years resolution for myself!

I'm glad to hear people are still having fun at the craft group!

Some crafting materials are quite cheap over here by the way, like material!  I am loving all the choice and the prices :D  though wool is quite a bit more expensive than back home, so I've not had much of chance to crochet and knit here unfortunately.


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Post by: starfish13 on November 16, 2006 01:17:00 PM
Hi folks.  I'm a north-easter too, but currently in exile in Oxfordshire.  Have you tried the craft shop in Letham near Forfar?  Its a bit of a jaunt out into the countryside for me, but definately worth it.  You have to be prepared to go for a rummage as it is absolutely crammed with everything, and it has a wee tea room.  What more could you want on a winter weekend?


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Post by: Penguinhorde on November 17, 2006 09:52:11 AM
I have heard mythic tales of the wondrous Letham Craft Shop.  :D

I've also been told it's too exciting for me to visit by myself because I'd go mad from all the choice.

I really really NEED to go.

The Di Gilpin knitting shop in St Andrews is fantastic. I need to back there, and actually manage to buy something this time.


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Post by: shona on November 29, 2006 10:58:15 AM
Believe it or not I was in Letham one day (passing through for work) and I couldn't find the shop! Yet the village is tiny! How dim am I?

Shona


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Post by: starfish13 on December 03, 2006 02:07:31 PM
It was Letham, Angus and not Letham, Fife that you were in?  There is a garden centre, the legendary craft shop and not much else in the village.  I have to go with my mum so that we can talk each other out of buying some really frivolous things.


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Post by: shona on December 04, 2006 01:46:31 PM
Ah - I was in the Angus Letham - wrong one?!


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Post by: starfish13 on December 05, 2006 12:47:52 PM
no, you were in the right place. 


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Post by: Quinkes on December 19, 2008 05:14:24 PM
Another Scot, I live in Aviemore and it is too damned cold tonight to crochet!  (Waiting for the man to come fix my heating!)


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Post by: clearhearts on December 28, 2008 03:42:43 AM
Hey, old thread, but I shall step forward. I'm from Glasgow, and with regards to getting craft supplies, I don't have too much trouble. The only thing I find difficult to source is soap making supplies. This may be cos I'm just new to the craft, but I've had to get a lot of stuff from the net. Any soapers in Scotland want to share their secrets?


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Post by: chilly billy on January 06, 2009 05:55:44 AM
I'm originally from Galloway (South West Scotland) but now I live in Glasgow.

Clear hearts: I've seen soap making kits in John Lewis' haberdashery department with all the crafty kits for kids.

Does anyone know where I can get magnets for making fridge magnets, etc, with?



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Post by: Penguinhorde on March 21, 2009 08:12:16 AM
I usually get my magnets (individual ones and the strips) from the Guide Shop here in Dundee. They're cheaper there than other places I've seen, and also have a good range of plastic canvas.