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Craft Supplies shops in Chennai

October 9, 2007

The reason I wrote “craft supplies” is that craft stores in india generally mean stores that sell finished products not stores that carry supplies. Though there are lot of shops that sell finished crafts, there are few and discreet shops that sell supplies. Except if you are living the city for ages or have a good network of friends its difficult to know these shops that are mostly burried in narrow lanes.

There are a few onlines stores that sell craft products but (as far as my knowledge goes) zero online shops that sell craft supplies online in india.

The below list is mostly for embroidery, crochet, knitting, fabric painting, glass painting, painting kits and only for chennai.

1. Landmark,
Spencer plaza,
Chennai.
There is also one in nungambakkam.

2. Odessey,
Adyar,
Chennai.

Oil Paints, Acrylic Paints, Water colours, Paint brushes, Paper, Canvas. These two stores have branded products like camlin, fevicryl etc. Dont expect a variety of stuff as these are primarily book shops.

There are many wholesale stationary shops in chennai that sell paints, brushes, paper and canvas, which i am not aware of…

3. Raja Thread Store,
in the lane beside textile india,
off Ranganathan street,
T.Nagar,
Chennai.

I have already written about this shop in my previous blog and its also the most visited by me.
Embroidery Supplies, Crochet supplies, Knitting supplies, Fabric paints, Glass paints. Got a variety of crochet threads, anchor embroidery kits, beads and other embroidery notions, acrylic yarn for knitting. Go to the stores backroom if you want to explore. In this lane, there are make shift sellers selling embroidery notions (don’t forget to bargain). There is one more craft store  in this lane and another in Ranganathan street. forget names of both of them :-)

4. R.S fancy store
Opp to adyar telephone xchange,
on lattice bridge road.
Adyar, Chennai.
(adyar telephone exchange is on lattice bridge road and very near to adyar bus depot)
I didnt visit this shop till now, known to have a very decent collection of stuff.

5. Adyar thread emporium,
Lattice bridge road,
before lancer showroom,
Adyar, Chennai.

I didnt visit this shop till now, known to have a very decent collection of stuff.

6. Tina, the art and craft shop.
No.11, TNHB Shopping Complex,
100ft Road, Vadapalani,
Chennai.
Phone# 24800570

Painting brushes, painting kits like glass painting kits, embossing painting kits, sand painting kits, stitch painting kits, pvc painting kits, flower making kits, nib painting kits and candle making kits.

7. I heard that there is a good craft shop in royapettah, chennai. does anybody know about it.

8. Royal fancy stores,
shop no 17&18, Annai satya bazar,
Usman road,
T.Nagar, Chennai.

Didn’t visit this shop nor heard any reviews.

I will be glad to know any new shops that you have visited in chennai, or reviews on the ones listed above.
Any wholesale shop selling paints, brushes, kits, threads, notions, yarn in chennai are also welcome.

Edited (22 Sept 09): Also visit craft supply page for more shops in Chennai and other cities.

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  1. Deepa permalink
    April 2, 2008 10:51 am

    Where do I get colourful craft pipe cleaners in Chennai? How much do they cost?

  2. iaminchennai permalink
    April 2, 2008 10:13 pm

    Hi Deepa,

    No Idea, but you can try small shops if you have a sample. Do leave a comment here, once you find them

  3. Geetha permalink
    May 20, 2008 4:55 pm

    Do you have an idea of the bead/jewellry supply stores in chennai? Tina arts and crafts have some supplies. Are there any dedicated shops for this?

  4. iaminchennai permalink
    May 24, 2008 2:52 pm

    Geetha see my blog post http://iaminchennai.wordpress.com/2008/03/03/chennai-weekend-my-new-hobby/ for more info…

  5. Geetha permalink
    June 23, 2008 12:41 pm

    I saw the post and I also visited the store, but found mainly stuff for making indian jwellery pieces. Are there any shope where we can get imported beads and findings? Also I was not very happy with the quality of the materials in ranganathan street.

    • Manisha permalink
      June 22, 2012 9:48 am

      Geetha u can try in Mint street, Sowcarpet there are many shops . they have huge collection of Beads, stones, trimms, Lace and many more stuffs & price are cheap.

  6. iaminchennai permalink
    June 24, 2008 10:18 am

    In chennai ( atleast in the shops i know), the stuff you find for making jewellery is mostly for indian designs and they wont be of high quality also. They are great if you want to learn things and dont want to burn a hole in your purse.
    I heard from my friend that she found some findings and beads in odessey stores in the crafts and toy section.
    I have to check that out myself.

  7. Hidhaya permalink
    June 30, 2008 7:58 pm

    hello,

    Cud u tell me were i could get etching cream for glass etching in chennai?

  8. iaminchennai permalink
    July 1, 2008 12:42 pm

    I dont have any idea… anybody has got info on this

  9. Uma Niranjan permalink
    July 2, 2008 2:12 pm

    Can anyone tel me where better collections of Anchor Thread Knit is available which has gud patterns

  10. Goma permalink
    July 9, 2008 9:36 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this information. I’ll be heading to Chennai sometime in the next six months and this information is invaluable to me.

    I am also interested in obtaining either sandalwood crochet hooks (I know the wood is pricey) or obtaining simple sandalwood dowels/rods that I can have a friend craft some hooks out of for me–can you recommend any place or lumber yard where I might be able to get this?

  11. nafeesa permalink
    July 28, 2008 8:37 pm

    hi there,
    some one wanted to know where to find beads and findings in chennai!!! there are about 2-3 shops(i dont remember the names)right next to the mint st in parrys. yo will get a variety of beads and findings both imported and indian stuff … very pretty and not pricy.its a very narrow st and mostly crowded.. u cant take ur vehicle into it.. so u will have to park it some wer around.. anyways happy shopping!!!

  12. nafeesa permalink
    July 28, 2008 8:43 pm

    and for paints and other craft supplies,OLIVER PENS is the name of the shop.. u can get all of them there.. right from oil paints,fabric paints,glass paints, canvas,paint brushes all sizes.. good quaity and affordable.its right opposite to the telephoe exchange building next to the “poo kadeh bus stop”..hope you find it!!

  13. Geetha permalink
    July 31, 2008 11:52 am

    Hi nafeesa, thanks for your response on the beads and jwellery findings..I was not able to find the shops though : ( I tried couple of shops in mint st and also in narayana mudli st, but both had indian jwellery making stuffs… If by any chance you get to remember the names of the shop/or visit mint st by any chance pls let me know …it would be of great help…

  14. Geetha permalink
    July 31, 2008 11:57 am

    There are lot of silver jwellery making stuff (silver beads, pendants and findings) that is available in jaipur/rajasthan…Is there any shops/place where we can find it in chennai?! Or is there any online website protal from where these can be ordered?

  15. kamini permalink
    August 18, 2008 7:19 am

    hi,
    do you live in chennai? I work with the times of india here and stumbled across your blog… i just wanted to know if you have any club or group with an interest in crochet etc
    kamini

    • revathi permalink
      January 24, 2014 1:12 pm

      hi there.
      saw your write up.i am in chennai. interested in crochet. if you wish do get in touch. bye.
      revathi

  16. September 20, 2008 5:38 pm

    OSWAL ( Flower Bazaar) I am told is the best place to source beads. Claims: Chennai’s best shot for sourcing imported beads in Chennai. As for the beads at Odessey I saw some really cute beads at their Annanagar store.

    I visited this lovely shop ‘Simple Elegance’ . Its a heaven of great handmade paper, japanese paper and other cute goodies. http://www.simpleelegance.in/

    Their scrapbook supplies are super cute but thats a different story.

  17. iaminchennai permalink
    September 21, 2008 12:03 pm

    Deepa, I heard about OSWAL store also, but i wanted to visit it first before writing a blog on it but could never make the trip :-(

  18. Radha Renganathan permalink
    September 23, 2008 2:09 pm

    Hi Deepa, can you please tell where flower bazaar is?

  19. Radha Renganathan permalink
    September 23, 2008 2:12 pm

    Does anyone here work on ‘Huck-a-back’ fabric? My mom (me & my sis too) used to work on it when we were kids. It was called toweling cloth in down south Tamil Nadu (Trichy). Any stores you know having the supplies?

  20. iaminchennai permalink
    September 23, 2008 9:09 pm

    Flower Bazaar is in Parrys. I am not sure of “Huck-a-back” availability but you can try kadhi stores, dont forget to take a sample with you.

  21. Stephen permalink
    September 29, 2008 10:19 pm

    I want to sell my paintings. Can anyone help me, if there are some good decent shops in chennai.

  22. nikita permalink
    October 4, 2008 9:38 am

    im working on a scrap book for a friend and i want to get the papers bound into a really neat book….something crafty and fun….and i have no idea where i can get something like that done…any one got any ideas??? im really desperate cos im running out of ideas!! :(

  23. November 9, 2008 2:01 pm

    Nikita you can contact Simple Elegance on De Silva. The store has an amazing collection of scrapbook materials and yes they undertake scrapbook orders too.

  24. Gayathri permalink
    November 14, 2008 5:07 pm

    hi i’ll sell soft toys like teddy bear and more..any of the shops keepers or people willing to buy my products kindly contact my mobile number (9943069591.. i’ll take orders also for dolls

  25. Deepa permalink
    November 30, 2008 4:06 pm

    Where in chennai can I buy blank pendants frames (metal/ wire /wooden) for jewellery making?

  26. sathish permalink
    November 30, 2008 8:32 pm

    Hi,

    Can any one sugess were can i sell my glass paintings…

  27. sahithya permalink
    December 23, 2008 2:26 pm

    hey, where can i get “iron-on interfacing”, its used while making handbags etc…..to stiffen it………any other ideas are welcome too

    • iaminchennai permalink
      December 23, 2008 4:43 pm

      I am not sure where you are from but You can try tailoring shops. If you are making bags/totes out of cloth that is not so stiff, a lighter and cheaper option i think is the new mosquito sheet by “saint gobain” its flexible and strong and easy to cut with normal scissors.. you can find that in any furnishing/hardware stores.

  28. Ashu permalink
    December 28, 2008 10:48 pm

    Hi, Please mentioend the craft supplies shops in Bangalore.

  29. seema permalink
    February 4, 2009 12:58 pm

    hi i want to know where can i get pipe cleaners for craft work in chennai or bangalore

  30. dhivyashankar permalink
    March 1, 2009 10:50 pm

    may i know where is oswal traders in parrys.
    is it narayana mudali street or else perumal mudali street?

    • Aishwarya permalink
      March 12, 2012 3:02 pm

      its on Perumal Mudhai Street…. you enter and withing 15 meters on the left

  31. anceline permalink
    March 2, 2009 12:57 pm

    there is another thread and craft supply shop in adayar,inside gokul arcade near adayar signal (the one under the flyover) ..U get all kinds of threads , buttons,beads and stitch kits, Odessey in adayar has also got a good collection of stitch kits..can you tell me where i can get big crochet needles (sizes 5mm and above) in chennai.. preferably in adayar

  32. nandhini permalink
    March 22, 2009 4:53 pm

    can any one tell me wer pastel sheets r available in chennai

  33. Hema permalink
    July 17, 2009 10:52 pm

    Hi,
    I am new user…want to know more about buying supplies for crochet,cross stitch,etc…. like shop names and area…

  34. Aruna permalink
    September 10, 2009 2:06 pm

    Hi,
    I have few galss paintings. Can anyone suggest me the shop to sell the painting in Chennai.

  35. Devi permalink
    September 10, 2009 2:08 pm

    Hi, Can anyone suggest me the shop to sell the glass paintings in Chennai.

  36. vinnyvishy permalink
    December 15, 2009 8:42 am

    hey anyone knows where we can get stuffing material (I class fibrefill or poly fill) for cushion making in chennai.
    pls let me know. I heard somewhere in puraisalwalkam.
    -vinny

  37. sindujhaa narayanan permalink
    April 26, 2011 12:13 pm

    can any one say me where v can get glass etching creame

  38. Kavitha Nambiar permalink
    April 30, 2011 2:44 am

    would you mind tellng me where ill get a Tag Pocket Mini Album Kit in Chennai?

  39. January 2, 2012 12:41 am

    tina art and craft 9840856789

  40. Divya Srivatsan permalink
    January 24, 2012 5:47 pm

    hello, i wanna buy some beads, gear wire, gear locks, hooks, bangle bases, nylon threads, etc., pls tell me any shops in chennai which sells fashion jewel making materials… send me address or phone no. to my email address… divyarenganayaki@gmail.com thank you in advance…

  41. Aishwarya permalink
    March 12, 2012 2:59 pm

    There is a nice shop in Royapettah…. Hindustan Stores….. Building next to Deccan Plaza

  42. Swetha permalink
    April 5, 2012 12:06 pm

    Cool site! Do you know of a fabric store where I can find fabrics for kids. I am looking for felt fabric and also printed cotton fabrics (Polka dots, stripes, cartoon characters, anything colourful and suitable for kids).

  43. preethi permalink
    April 14, 2012 4:50 pm

    i have made paper bead jewellery in different types. any one interested to buy please comment

  44. preethi permalink
    April 14, 2012 4:53 pm

    hello, i am doing handmade paper beads/ jewellery ear rings etc., if you are interested in contact me thank you in advance bi

  45. vimala permalink
    June 16, 2012 5:50 pm

    oswal isin perumal mudali street….a real nice place for sourcing beads…but always crowded and u must be patientt and prepared to spend anything upto 2 hors!

  46. sahira fathima permalink
    July 4, 2012 6:41 pm

    i want some embroidery kits wer can i find it

  47. Shambhavi permalink
    December 26, 2012 11:14 am

    Where can I find double-pointed knitting needles and circular knitting needles? I’ve been hunting for ages and I could really use them!

    • February 5, 2014 11:41 pm

      I didn’t see any circular needles myself in the shops but you can try double pointed in raja stores. though probably you have to show them what you are looking for.

  48. manju permalink
    September 26, 2013 11:00 am

    hi,
    there s one shop in anna nagar -new raja threads store,between 2nd avenue n shanthy colony. u ve to take rt turn from 2nd avenue( ie a one way) adjacent to louis philipe shop.

  49. pradeep permalink
    December 16, 2013 1:13 pm

    Hi ,This is pradeep.i have made some crafts like paper Cups ,Boxes , plates etc…please guide me in chennai where i can sell this product…

  50. March 8, 2014 9:48 pm

    We are happy to introduce ourselves that, STARLEARNMATE, A first of its kind shop in chennai having learninig materials for Art|Craft|Engg&Arch|hobby
    At West mambalam, Chennai. STAR STATIONERIES, our flagship store is one of a leading stationery showroom in Chennai
    Contact person
    Abdul
    9840313435
    Starlearnmate@gmail.com

  51. ash permalink
    April 30, 2014 8:40 pm

    Hindustan trading company
    Shop No:171-172,69/35,First Floor,Justice Pratap Singh Building,
    IOA Complex,Royapettah High Rd, Teachers Colony, Royapettah,
    Phone:044 2811 1605

  52. Rebecca Curties permalink
    May 15, 2014 11:53 am

    I was searching for readymade punchers , can anybody tel me where i can buy it? I dunno craft work but got interested after seeing them.. Please help me out in this..

  53. Anusha permalink
    July 20, 2014 10:41 am

    Hello,
    Where can I get fusible fleece in Chennai?

  54. Chitra Natrajan permalink
    August 6, 2014 4:15 pm

    @rebecca-u can buy in tnagar pandian thread stores(downstairs)/Hindustan Trading company in royapettah

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