The Creative Quest
The Creative Quest was born out of a love that four friends had for all things creative and crafty. While this place offers the best art rubber stamps in town, it also has a fabulous array of papers, book-arts supplies and embellishments. Love this stuff but not sure what to do with it? The gals of The Creative Quest also offer hands-on classes that teach techniques and materials, so plan on more than just shopping for stamps at this West Valley hot spot.
Quiltz
If you are a fabric junkie, then this is the spot for unique fabrics that you can't find at other places in town. The big-box fabric stores offer quantity, sure, but everything looks the same. At Quiltz, you'll find fabrics designed by artists, designers, and quilters who really know the wants and needs of crafty creatives who work with fabric. The shop is organized by brand and theme, and also by color, so this makes your shopping easier and/or makes you buy more — either way, the variety is where it's at.
SAS Fabric by the Pound
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.
Family Arts Needlework Shop
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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