Craft City Guide #2 : Edinburg
Hello everyone! We are back from our short stay in Scotland, and I am delighted to share with you the craft shops I have found in the beautiful city of Edinburgh! And even if there is the amazing Edinburg Yarn Festival every year, there are also several shops that are really worth a visit for yarn or fabric, so I will tell you all about it right now!
– Ginger Twist Studio: Located near the Arthur’s seat in the east of the city, the first store I went to in Edinburgh was Ginger’s. I had heard good things about it several times and could not wait to go there. The store is quite small but full of yarn, a real treat! You can find wool from several brands, but you can mostly find Ginger Twist Studio yarn because she dyes in several different bases. I bought three skeins of the merino-silk 4 ply base, but I have not had the opportunity to knit them yet! For the moment I can just tell you that the colours are very vibrant, and that it is very soft!
11 London Rd – Edinburgh – EH7 5AP
– Be Inspired Fibers : I totally loved Mei’s shop which offers a rather amazing large choice of hand dyed yarn! There you can find brands like Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo, Hedgehog Fibers, Life in the Long Grass, Lotus, Cascade 220, Habu, Icelandic wool Lettlopi, Holst Garn … everything you could wish for. Add to that magazines, needles, buttons … Moreover, Mei is absolutely adorable, and will give you good advice! We chatted a very long time (while baby and daddy were waiting nearby …) and it was a real pleasure. Highly recommended!
30 Marchmont Road – Edinburgh – EH9 1HZ
– Kathy’s Knits : Located not far from downtown Edinburg, this store specializes in British Isles wool as Blacker Yarns & Rennie. You will find there balls and skeins (Yarn Pony, Sloan, New Lanark …) but also all necessary equipment, and patterns. The owner is very welcoming and helpful!
64a Broughton Street – Edinburgh – EH1 3SA
But also :
– McAree Brothers – knitting and craft shop : This shop is a chain that offers a great selection of Scottish wool and from other places as well as all the necessary material. They also have an online store.
19 Howe Street – Edinburgh – EH3 6TE
– Kingfisher Blue : This is a small shop that offers a selection of British hand-dyed wool, as well as their own. The shop also offers a mystery box every month! You will be able to learn more about this topic on their website.
76 Leith Walk, Leith – Edinburgh – EH6 5HB
– Edinburg Fabrics : Here is a tip, if you go into this store, get ready to find a LOT of fabric! There are a large choice in fabrics and haberdashery, and I had a hard time thinking about what I really needed! The store offers fabrics for clothing as well as for furnishing. I found a very nice canvas fabric to make a knitting project bag, as well as nice buttons. There are also beautiful patterned fabrics. Additionally, the sellers are lovely, and very helpful! I recommend it!
12-14 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh EH8 9EZ
– Fabric Focus : Located a little further from the city center, this store also offers a large choice of fabrics for clothing and furnishing, as well as a large part of haberdashery. The team is very kind and very helpful.
131 E Claremont St, Edinburgh EH7 4JA
I did not have the opportunity to stroll to other fabric stores, as these ones seemed to be the most recommended. But if you want to add more shops to this list that you know and like, do not hesitate!
I hope this article will help you plan your (craft) trip to Edinburgh, and don’t hesitate to give me your opinion when you come back! See you soon !