Find a Snowy Day Project at Locally-Owned Craft Stores

Woman customer holding glass jar with color paint in the art department of a locally-owned craft store

On a snowy day, there’s nothing better than staying inside and working on a fun arts and crafts project. If this sounds good to you, head to one of these locally-owned craft stores where you’ll find everything from paintbrushes to knitting needles:

The WasteShed 

The WasteShed provides Chicagoans a place to find repurposed arts and crafts materials. Executive Director Elaine Ray discovered creative reuse while working as an installation and costume artist. She helps customers make low-cost projects and teaches them how to get the most out of the resources they have on hand. The varied selection includes canvases, colored pencils, and embroidery hoops. 

Knit 1

Co-owner Allyson Dykhuizen hasn’t stopped knitting for twenty years. She knits sweaters and typically has three on the needles at any given time. At Knit 1, she and the staff help knitters choose the right yarn for their projects. 

Knit 1 also offers beginning knitting classes. The supplies are included with the cost, and students learn skills such as casting on and purl stitches. 

Bead in Hand 

An Oak Park fixture since 1993, Bead in Hand is now owned by a former customer. Kim Humphrey offers a wide variety of beads and supplies. She’s passionate about off-loom weaving and enjoys helping crafters with their miscellaneous projects. The beads are perfect for making one-of-a-kind bracelets and necklaces. Choices include freshwater pearls, turquoise chips, and rhodochrosite.

The shop also features fun bead weaving classes for all abilities. Beginners can start with the Flat Spiral Bracelet sessions. Students learn how to read patterns, how to add thread, and much more.

These are just a few of the locally-owned craft stores near Oak Park Place Apartments. If you’re searching for a place to call home, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to show you our offerings firsthand. 

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