Best Fabric Store on a Budget 2011 | SAS Fabrics by the Pound | Shopping & Services | Phoenix
It's not pretty, and, at first glance, it may look like an unorganized mess, but trust us, once you go SAS, you'll never go back. Prepare for a treasure hunt as you wade through a sea of fabrics from a bygone era, dig through barrels of patches and sift through boxes of buttons. Don't worry — you're going to find what you need, though — we swear. And once you find it, you are going to be shocked at how cheap it is. We don't know of another place in town where you can literally put together an entire Halloween costume for under $10. Bonus: This isn't your mother's fabric store — the people-watching is just as good as the prices. We won't go into details — you'll have to check it out for yourself.
This nonprofit needlepoint and knitting shop carries so many different threads and yarns that walking through the place feels like wandering a warehouse — or a big national crafts store (without, of course, the cranky employees who seem to not have time to chat about your project). At Family Arts, someone's always eager to hear about what you're stitching or knitting and to help in any way he or she can. The shop even has an in-house painter who'll take your ideas and turn them into stitchable pieces. And whether your piece requires silk, wool, suede, fur, or cotton, Family Arts has got the goods, with hundreds of threads, yarn, and accessories to choose from. If you don't want to start from scratch, you can pick up one of the store's more than two dozen designer canvases (or have them order one, if you don't see what you want). There are also regular needlepoint and knitting classes for newbies and veterans alike, as well as quarterly trunk shows. Idle hands? Not here.

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