When it comes to craft supplies, a few national chains are the typical go-to stops for many artists. For those who like the personal touch of a locally-owned shop, Delaware has an array of options. Across the First State, these craft stores stock and sell supplies with their communities in mind. Many of the locally-owned shops also hold artist-led workshops and special events to support a sense of community among area artists.
If you’re looking for a new spot to find all the supplies you need, these art stores across the First State are havens for artists in Delaware.
Serving the Newark community for over 50 years, Finleys specializes in professional framing and art supply sales. Rusell Lee Finley started the shop as a professional artist himself, with the goal of supporting the local art community. The shop is still family-owned and carries a variety of supplies focusing on paper and canvas art.
Location: 2311 Ogletown Road, Newark
What You’ll Find: Paints (oil, acrylic and watercolor); pastels and charcoal; pencils, pens and inks; paint brushes; paper, canvas and pads; printmaking supplies; framing supplies; drafting supplies; bookmaking and calligraphy supplies
This yarn shop is located in Smyrna and serves the surrounding community. Along with supplies and shopping, The Yarn Maven also offers classes and special events like Tea and Knitting on Thursdays. With a constantly rotating inventory and frequent deals, this is a shop you’ll want to return to again and again. Plus, The Yarn Maven offers online retail for a convenient shopping experience.
Location: 62 West Commerce Street, Smyrna
What You’ll Find: Yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, knitting and crochet kits, knitting books
Needlework is a timeless hobby and a great way to create beautiful pieces. Creating needlework crafts is also a tool for mental health, providing peace and focus while promoting creativity. These benefits are part of the reason Sea Needles has been serving the community for nearly 30 years. The largest needlework store in Delmarva resides in Delaware’s Bethany Beach community, and it provides a variety of craft supplies to local shoppers.
Location: 780 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach
What You’ll Find: Needles, thread and floss, patterns for cross-stitch and needlepoint, cross-stitch kits (including unique exclusive kits based on local beaches and landmarks), yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, framing supplies
This Rehoboth Beach Apothecary studio and DIY shop is perfect for the casual hobbyist or beginner artist. It’s all about acrylic pour art! This popular method of painting involves mixing and pouring paints to create a stunning fluid effect. Through the e-commerce website, you can purchase DIY kits with everything you need to create gorgeous pour-over projects. Or, visit the apothecary for artist-led workshops and other fun art events.
Location: 37401 Malloy Street, Rehoboth Beach
What You’ll Find: Acrylic pour supplies and DIY kits; artist-led workshops in a variety of mediums
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Jerry’s Artarama carries a massive variety of art supplies at unbeatable prices. Plus, it hosts art workshops and events to support and bring together the local art community.
Location: 269 South Main Street, Newark
What You’ll Find: Airbrush supplies; paint brushes; canvas, specialty papers and pads; children’s art supplies; framing supplies and accessories; paints, primers and finishers; stationery and gifts; art storage and presentation; ceramic supplies; clay and sculpting supplies; sculpting tools; textile art supplies; pencils, pens and inks; drafting supplies; apparel
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