Best Shops for Crafters | The Best in New England
Earth & Tree Dollhouses & Miniatures
Unassuming from the outside, this shop boasts rambling aisles stacked with diminutive versions of everything from pizzas to sofas. The ambitious among us can buy or build a whole house. But this place will delight scrapbookers, collage artists, and jewelry makers, too; with a coat of glitter paint, that mini-chandelier could look great hanging from somebody’s ear. 276 Route 101 #1, Amherst, NH. 603-673-8707; earthntree.com
Packed with an array of gorgeous fabrics, yarns, tools, and kits, this place offers crafters one-stop shopping for hands-on creativity. The friendly staffers are glad to offer guidance, and the beautiful studio space hosts workshops for novices and veterans presented by the crafting world’s big names. You won’t leave empty-handed or without a million ideas for things to make. 370 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. 781-775-9504; gatherhereonline.com
Founded in 2002 as a pop-up shop, Craftland has occupied a bright storefront space for four years and is a mainstay of Providence’s creative crowd. With works by 100 artists from New England and beyond, there’s plenty to set a would-be maker’s mind abuzz, plus classes and an annual holiday show featuring 75 additional artists (November 29–December 31). 235 Westminster St., Providence, RI. 401-272-4285; craftlandshop.com
Denyse Schmidt Studios
Housed in a former textile factory, this space is ground zero for the modern quilting movement, which uses bold colors and improv piecing to shake up a traditional art. Fabric designer and quilter Denyse Schmidt and her staff lead workshops for all skill levels—and then there’s the legendary sample sale, which has given rise to a day of studio sales throughout Bridgeport. This year’s is set for November 9–10; don’t miss the chance to pick up Schmidt’s fabrics and see her stunning creations. Visits during sales, workshops, or by appointment. 1069 Connecticut Ave., Suite 4-401, Bridgeport, CT. 203-335-2719; dsquilts.com
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