Friday, March 04, 2005

Buying craft materials in Seoul

Fabric, felt, wool, sewing and knitting supplies, beads, jewellry making supplies, embroidery thread

Dongdaemun Shopping Town, Dongdaemun.
Dongdaemun Shopping Town has a pretty good range of wool (basement), beads (5th floor), sewing supplies (ground floor) and fabric (2nd floor). It's a tall white building with "Dongdaemun Shopping Town" written in large letters. It used to be called "Dongdaemun Chain Store", and this name might still be used on old maps.

You can buy wool in separate balls for 4000 - 7000 won or a pack of 4 for 20 - 30 000 won. You can try bargaining a little if you're buying more than one ball. Fabric is sold by the yard.

It's open daily EXCEPT SUNDAYS from around 10am - 6pm.

1. Catch the subway on line 1 (dark blue) or 4(light blue) to Dongdaemun station.
2. Take exit 8 or 9. The building is on the corner, across a parking lot and next to Chongyechon stream.

1. Catch the subway on line 2 (green) 4 (light blue) or 5 (purple) to Dongdaemun Stadium station.
2. Take exit 14 and walk straight ahead past Migliore and Doota shopping centres until you come to Cheonggye stream (which runs under the road).
3. Cross the road, and Dongdaemun Shopping Center, the white building, will be on the other side.

If you get horribly lost, there is a tourist information centre at the entrance of Dongdaemun Stadium itself.

Yarn, knitting needles, crochet yarn, crochet hooks, felting material

Small yarn shops, Myeongdong Underground Shopping Arcade, Myeongdong.
Between Lotte Department Store and Shinsegae Department store, there is an underground arcade that has lots of yarn shops. This arcade also specialises in record (LP) shops, hiking gear, and second hand cameras!

Beads, paint, canvas, art materials, ribbon, hanji paper, wrapping paper, felt, vinyl, jewelry making supplies

Alpha Stationary Store, Namdaemun Markets
Alpha is a chain of stationary stoes, and this branch of Alpha has five floors and has a great range of stationary and art supplies.

There are two male staff who speak English and are assigned to help foreigners. For shopping you must take a basket for your purchases, and when you have finished shopping on each floor, go to what looks like a register, where you will receive a receipt of your items. (You can't get a receipt for items from different floors all at once).Take these receipts for every floor to the ground floor, where you then pay at the main check-out.

Alpha is not inside Namdaemun Markets itself, but is a shop on one of the main roads around Namdaemun. It's near Gate 1 of the Namdaemun, but you'll be walkiing around the outside of the markets to get there from the subway.

Catch the subway to Hoehyon Station, line 4, and take exit 5.
Exit to the right, and follow the central shopping street down the slight hill till you pass an optical store, and see a staircase and yellow sign with Alpha in blue writing.

Hanji paper, cardboard boxes for decoupage, varnish, calligraphy brushes

Insadong paper shops, Insadong main street
There are a few shops along the main paved street with beautiful hanji paper and boxes and small trays to decoupage. There is one shop on the corner at the "Insadong crossroads" (see map) and also towards the Jonggak end of the street.

Take the subway line 3 to Anguk station, exit 6. Walk straight and in 100 metres you'll see the main street of Insadong on your left.
OR take the subway line 1 to Jonggak station. Walk straight and turn left.

Craft supplies right near the Former StitchnBitch meeting place, Noksapyeong

Map to craft shop in Noksapyeong

There is a small yarn shop in Noksapyeong, about 10 minutes away from the former StitchnBitch meeting place at the Orange Tree in Haebangchon. The shop sells a small variety of yarn, as well as embroidery thread, crochet and knitting needles, and cross stitch supplies.

The shop is daily but only sometimes open Sunday, sometimes not :/ !
The lady who works in it can only speak Korean, and is very friendly.

1. Take the subway on line 6 (brown) to Noksapyeong station.
2. Take exit 2 and walk straight down the hill.
3. Just past the bus stop, you'll see some stairs going under the main road. Take them, cross under and in the underpass, take the stairs to the left going up.
5. You'll come up on ground level outside some restaurants, and an entrance to guarded army building on your right. Cross the road to the Chinese restaurant.
6. Go right up the street and walk past some paint shops, a chicken shop and a vet for about 3 minutes.
7. The craft shop is on the left.


chisjua said...

Thanks so much for this! Your directions are so clear :)

Anonymous said...

I live in Seoul and I'm desperately trying to find a place that might have some nice appliques or iron-on transfers of different designs. Do any of the places you mentioned above carry those kinds of items?? Thanks much for your help!

Anonymous said...

Sorry? can you tell me if there are some yarn shops in Goyang city, near Seul? I can't find...

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if it's possible to get Crystal Palace Daisy knitting needles in or around Seoul(or, if there's an online company with reasonable shipping)? Thanks!!!

Unknown said...

I need to get my sewing machine retimed and cleaned- anyone know where i can go?

Unknown said...

I am looking for a place to get my singer sewing machine with a drop in bobbin fixed- I think it needs to be cleaned and re timed because when I try to sew it will make a few stitches and then take all the string on the bottom and gather it up- but the top looks fine- I just don't get it!

Anonymous said...

Think You so much! It's been so hard to find so clear informations! Thank you!!!!