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Shopping for “arts and crafts” and hobby supplies

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 by

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Everyone should have a hobby; if you don’t have one, maybe you should start looking… Spending time on doing something you really enjoy is not only relaxing and good for your health, but can also provide some extra income, if you decide to monetise it. Amsterdam is quite an inspiring city — the bohemian atmosphere will give birth to many creative ideas and you’ll need some supplies to put them into practice. It’s not easy to find the shops, especially if you moved here from another country; I know that because I had some difficulties finding what I needed when I first moved to Amsterdam, because many of the websites are (or were, two years ago) in Dutch only, and I didn’t know how to look for them.

Below is a list with shops in Amsterdam where you can find supplies for all your hobbies and creative activities:

  • The Luchtvaart Hobby Shop or “The Aviation Store”, on Molenweg 249 — aviation books, aircraft scale modelling, aircraft model collections, flight simulation, pilot supplies and aircraft videos
  • Knopenwinkel (The Button Shop) — an impressive collection of buttons in all shapes and sizes
The Buttons Shop
  • Koud Kunstje, close to Westerkerk — decopatch paper, glitter, paint, pencils, mosaic and kits for DIY decorative objects or gifts
  • Weldraad — a unique collection of wool and yarns, fabrics and buttons, all “Fair-trade” and environmentally friendly
  • Pingouin — everything for knitting
  • Jan de Grote Kleinvakman — a small hidden shop at the Albert Cuyp market, a heaven for seekers of tailoring materials, but not only
  • Peter van Ginkel on Bilderdijkstraat 99 — great variety of painting and drawing supplies
  • Van Beek Art Supplies — paper & art supplies
  • Vlieger — paper & art supplies
  • De Posthumus Winkel — stamps, beautiful paper, envelopes, inks of all colors and sealingwax
  • Coppenhagen — beads and all the other necessary ingredients for jewelry making
  • Handmade Heaven — knitwear, crocheting and other hobby materials. They also offer a good selection of workshops
  • De Afstapknitwear and embroidery
  • Stephen and Penelope — yarn shop
  • Undercover Otter — yarn, fibers, haberdasheries
  • H. Bruinink — a big assortment of hobby materials
  • Mozaiek Lagarto — mosaic making materials and workshops, in Spaarndammerbuurt

In the end, let’s not forget that even at “regular” shops like Hema, Blokker or IKEA there is a lot of raw material to be found for hand-made crafts.

That’s my list — I haven’t tried all of them myself, but I’m planning to do it. Some of the websites are in Dutch only, but Google Translate is an expat’s best friend; also, once you have the address you can easily make a trip to the shop and ask for advice directly. I hope you’ll find some interesting nuggets among these, and if there are any that I missed, please feel free to suggest them in a comment.


  1. I am looking for guidance on shops selling lace making supplies e.g. bobbing, lace making pillows etc. Please help thanks.

  2. I am looking for card making supplies, especially stamps.
    I will be in Europe (particularly Amsterdam, Budapest, and Venice) in early October 2017.
    Thanks, Jennie from Australia .

    • Hi Jennie, this is a nice shop for you: You will also find stamps at the flea markets, if you manage to visit some (Noordermarkt, Waterlooplein – in Amsterdam).

  3. I am looking for a shop that supplies modelling clay. Can you help?

    • No, sorry. You’ll have to ask google for this.

  4. I’m looking for supplies for making stained glass. Can anyone help?

  5. Hi I am going to Amsterdam in April 2018. I am looking for card making supplies, clear stamps and especially die cuts. Do you know of any shops selling these.

    • You can try De Posthumus Winkel and Koud Kunstje, listed above.

  6. Is there any embroidery shops or patchwork quilting shops in Amsterdam … im visiting soon.


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