Arts and Culture

Six Places for Arts and Craft Lovers in Denver

Denver is a craft-lover's wonderland.
Denver is a craft-lover's wonderland. Bruce Turner, Flickr

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Best Craft-Supply Store
Fancy Tiger Crafts
59 Broadway
303-733-3855

Since Fancy Tiger opened its doors on Broadway more than ten years ago, Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran have built it up to be the gold standard of Denver craft stores, bringing a modern DIY spin to the handiwork of the ages while also creating a safe space where the new crafting community can meet. Fancy Tiger is your one-stop shop for design-savvy fabrics; the latest yarns, patterns, notions, books and kits, and an ongoing slate of classes where you can put your purchases to work and improve your crafting skills.

Best Craft-Supply Store on a Budget
The Craft Box
16399 South Golden Road, Golden
303-279-1069

Yes, there is such a thing as a thrift store for craft supplies. Golden’s Craft Box gathers its wares at estate sales and from individuals liquidating collections of fabrics, yarns, rubber stamps, card stock and more, then offers it to you for quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, card-making and just about any other kind of crafting you can think of. An appointment is necessary if you’re aching to rid yourself of your own crafting scraps, but be prepared for a wait list; once the staff gets to your pile, they’ll compensate you for whatever’s salable and donate the rest to charity. Instead of a big box, try the Craft Box the next time you’re looking for cheap craft supplies.

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Christopher Bulle, Flickr
Best Online Crafting Resource
Crafted Life
720-580-3240

Crafted Life no longer operates a brick-and-mortar in Lafayette, but you can still find it on the Internet, where beginners can purchase DIY kits with all they need to knit an octopus or embroider a mermaid, and more seasoned crafters can find supplies for embroidery, knitting, needle felting, sewing and other crafts of choice. And just to make sure those living the crafted life in real time have an outlet for their handmade goods, Crafted Life hosts a series of craft markets in Old Town Lafayette every last Saturday of the month in the summer; the last one is August 26. It also has vendor space at Lafayette’s second-Friday Art Night Out events, in Old Town through September. Live it, make it, love it.
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