Are you at a loss about what kind of gifts for crafters are available on the Seacoast? Does a trip to Joann Fabrics have your head spinning? If you’re not a crafter yourself it can feel daunting to know just what to choose. All those aisles of buttons and corduroy!
Here in the Seacoast we are blessed to have so many local specialty craft shops. These shops provide beautiful and unique items that crafters crave and knowledgeable associates to help make your selection. Together we have every angle of gifts for crafters covered so you can finish your shopping without breaking your stride.
Our list of beautiful and unique gift ideas and charming local craft stores are guaranteed to put you on the Nice List!
1 Pattern Holder
This pattern holder is an indispensable gift for any crafter trying to follow a detailed pattern while their hands are busy with knit one, purl one. As you can see it is a beautiful way to keep and display patterns and charts while working on a project. You can find this beauty at The Yarn Sellar.
2 Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms
Bold Blooms is part pattern book, part biography that gives a “behind the scenes” look at the creative process of artist, Kaffe Fassett. In addition, the book includes 18 quilt and seven needlepoint projects ranging in ability level from beginner to advanced stitchers. This lovely and inspiring book will make a delightful gift and can be found on the shelves at Portsmouth Fabric Company.
You inspire Me to Quilt 3
You Inspire Me to Quilt is a unique compilation of modern quilt design projects. The book says it offers a “glimpse into the creative process of popular quilting bloggers as they create quilts from every day inspiration” and will make a wonderful gift for crafters and quilters of any level. You can pick up this and many other treasures at Sanford Sewing Machines.
Custom Dyed Yarn4
Beautiful, creative items like this can turn your run of the mill crafter into a fiber hoarder! You can’t go wrong by gifting a skein of this beautiful, luxurious, fingering weight sock yarn by Birch Dyeworks. I just adore this custom dyed color, Dumpster Fire. Pair it with a skein of this fingering weight, wool blend yarn in Bright Rainbow. Do they go together? Nope. Do I have a project in mind for them? Nope! But, I guarantee you that the playful color and silky texture will make any crafter happy to add them to their stash! Both of these beauties, found at Spinning Yarns in Dover make fabulous gifts for crafters.
5 Gift a Selection of Designer Fabric
To a crafter a selection of lovely designer fabric is as special and thoughtful a gesture as a bouquet of roses. Our local craft boutiques carry fabrics that are truly works of art. The flurry of color, texture, and line make the crafter heart sing. Choose a few yards in a favorite color, theme, or style. Just remember that what makes this gift wonderful is the thought that goes into selecting something special and lovely. Depending on where your holiday wanderings take you the staff at Portsmouth Fabric Company, Pintuck & Purl, or Sanford Sewing Machines will happily help you select just the thing.
Needle Felting Starter Kit
Inspire and encourage your loved one with this quality needle felting starter kit. Felting is an ancient craft that has gained in popularity over the past decade. Needle felting is the process of transforming wool into a dense cloth by bonding and shrinking the fibers together. This set includes all of the basics to get your crafter started on the road to fiber glory. This gift for crafters can be found at The Yarn Sellar.
7 Indulgence Brushed Merino Kimono Kit
Looking for a last minute gift for the crafter in your life? This pre-packaged kit is all ready to go. The recipient will love both the experience of making the sweater and the completed project. Its win-win! The kit includes four cakes of Indulgence Brushed Merino and a copy of the Kimono pattern. Gifting doesn’t get much simpler! Head to Charlotte’s Web Yarns for this and other easy gift ideas.
8 Designer Yarn Kit
This kit includes eight 1-oz skeins of superwash merino blend yard. The yarn has been dyed in perfectly coordinating jewell tones and will make a simple and beautiful gift; perfect as is or include one of the fabulous patterns or notions available in the cozy Spinning Yarns shop.
9 Superior Scarf Kit
This luxurious cashmere creation will make its recipient feel like a million bucks! Angelic openwork and simple instructions combine to make this a beautiful beginner friendly project. The kit includes the pattern and enough Cashmere blend yarn to complete the project. Toss in a set of #9 needles and you have an easy yet thoughtful gift. Head to Charlotte’s Web Yarns for this and other easy gift ideas.
10 Tula Pink Project Kit
Tula Pink (check out her stellar designs at TulaPink.com) is a rock star fabric designer and her playful and colorful fabrics are on many crafters’ lust-list. Portsmouth Fabric Company has put together this winning kit which includes the Jaybird Quilt Nova Table Topper pattern and 2 1/4 yards of Tula Pink fabric. The kit and fabric offer plenty of room for artistic expression and hours of crafting joy, making them a choice crafter gift.
11 Project Bag
Woodsy and Wild makes this crowd-favorite Birch Bag, a project bag touted for being simple, natural, and sophisticated. The bag has a sturdy lightweight construction and is designed specifically with fiber artists in mind. It boasts an interior divider system comprised of magnets to prevent snags. It has 2 exterior pockets, one zippered pocket for notions, and a slip pocket for patterns and such. The bag is large enough to hold 4 or 5 skeins and opens wide enough to easily use as a yarn bowl. Scoop this beauty up and fill it with fiber gold at Pintuck & Purl in North Hampton.
12 Cat Shaped Embroidery Scissors
These delightful embroidery scissors will make a charming stocking stuffer or addition to a crafting gift. They are 3 1/2″ Butterfly-shaped and come in 4 designs choices. You can purchase them online from Portsmouth Fabric Company or in their store on Penhallow St.
13 Lykke 5″ Interchangeable Circular Needle Set
If there is a knitter in your life then you know that needles are a bit of an obsession: fat ones, short ones, long ones, round ones. Pintuck & Purl has this beautiful 5″ set made from birch wood in a distressed denim case, an essential made special and a quintessential gift to put under the tree. The set contains three cords (24″ to 40″), Needles ranging from #4 to #17, two connectors, four keys, and eight stoppers.
14 The Bernette 37 Sewing Machine
If you’re looking for something with a bit more WOW to put under the tree this Bernette machine has it all! It is a “compact, computerized model with simple operation and robust construction.” Meanwhile, its reviewers call it “affordable with a wide range of features and impressive stitch quality.” This machine is a workhorse- dependable and flexible and will be the envy of her next crafter’s weekend. It’s available through Portsmouth Fabric Company or Sanford Sewing Machines.
15 Sewing Machine Service
Like any piece of equipment regular services significantly prolongs the life of a sewing machine and Sanford Sewing Machines is the best around. Factory certified technicians service all sewing machines on site at their Sanford facility. Their staff are courteous and knowledgeable, repairs are quick and estimates are provided before any work is done. A gift certificate and tune-up are great gifts for crafters.
16 Sewing and Crafting Classes for All Levels
The beautiful classroom facilities at Pintuck & Purl make their classes and workshops a comfortable escape and their competent instructors make classes easy. They have offerings both online and in person and for sewers and knitters of every level. Call or go see the fabulous staff at Pintuck & Purl and they’ll get you set right up!
Now that you have gifts for crafters covered check out these posts for ideas that will please everyone on your list!
Art Enthusiast or Budding Artist? Check out Mollie’s suggestions for wordless picture books in her 2020 post, Gift-Worthy Wordless Picture Books for All Ages: A Librarian’s Gift Idea
Outdoor Enthusiast? Molly’s list of Best Outdoor Toys for Winter is a wonderful resource
Hard to Buy for Teen? Darling Brinn has the teen thing down. Follow her list, 10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Teens, to safety.
Tired Mom? Give Mom a break and reminder she’s more than the bringer of the juice boxes with our list of 10 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts.
Manly Man? Grab a gift card and a Growler from the Parent’s Guide to Seacoast Breweries and Distilleries.
Still need ideas? Leave a comment and let the hive mind help you out!