Last Thursday, it was one of those ‘I am so anxious’ days. Hubby wanted to go to Abhur (that is a very famous beach with all sorts of sea sports here in Jeddah). I agreed to go… with the condition that he take me to Heraa Mall so that I can go have a look at Nawari – the thread shop. I have been wanting to check out more crafts shops in Jeddah.
Oh Yippee Yie Yay! It really does have a lot of thread. LOTS of it! They have wool and cotton thread and all kinds of crochet, knitting and tailoring accessories. They have TATTING SHUTTLES!!! Yay! To me, if a shop has tatting shuttles and they have samples of tatting to show customers what a shuttle is for..they are super duper! 🙂
Anyway, they had small clover shuttles and they had turkish thread (they have Altin Basak!!). I am definitely going there a lot of times. It is really difficult finding good thread here in Saudi Arabia. They do have a lot crochet and knitting here but I had yet to find a shop where they had tatting stuff. In the past three years that I had started tatting, I have been constantly in search of shops that had good thread. Tatting is all about good thread and most of that I found here was anchor or cotton that wasn’t that good. I had bought myself some silk threads from India but I didn’t like them that much. Anyway Nawari has HDT too.
For those of my readers who are still wondering where all to go to buy threads and crafts supplies in Jeddah. Here is my list.
1. There is the Hindawiyyah Area. That is the place where they sell whole-sale crafts stuff. You can find some retail shops too. I have found threads -cotton and wool, needles, embroidery stuff, hardanger stuff, Nylon flowers stuff; They also have a lot of artificial flowers, decorating stuff, decoupage, buttons, beading stuff, scrapbooking accessories and almost everything in whole sale and retail. (Although some guys there speak english but mostly it is arabic. You’ll need a translator or your driver.) Hindawiyyah is the Area behind the Abarr Company on the intersection of Hail Street and the King Fahad expressway. When you turn under the bridge around the round about, go down straight and take the first or second right (the alleys are one way so check which one you need to take) then go straight till you staet seeing the market for decorations and household items. You will need to take a left turn and find Souk al Khiyatah. It is a whole big complex that houses all these sewing needs shops. You can ask around easily too. There is also the shop Samaa for part and crafts needs right opposite the Souk.
2. There is a small shop on Falasteen street called Maktaba al Ghumri. The shop name is in arabic and they have a lot of needle craft, painting and stationary stuff. The exact address is East Falasteen ( That is Palestine) Street, after you pass The Marriot, a few bulidings later is a petrol pump. It is one or two buildings later. That is the only shop where I found some really good crochet and tatting books and looms too. They also have hardanger cloth and different kind of wools. I brought my first DMC Cebelia thread from them. 🙂 (The old man and his pakistani helper, both speak English)
3. Tamer Tamara is at the beginning of Khaled bin Walid street (The first shop on the left when you turn off Falasteen street.. you can’t miss it. It is big). (UPDATE: Tamer Tamara has closed down on Khaled bin Waleed. It is a little shocking because it was a big shop. I am sure they have relocated. I am still trying to find where they are!) They hd a lot of DMC and other branded threads. They are basically tailoring needs so you can find a lot of lace and threads and stuff. It is a good place to buy rings and earring rings for crafting too. They are little expensive though… (Speaks a little English)
4. Then there is Nawari. Heraa International Mall, Gate no.2, second or third shop on the right! 🙂 (UPDATE: The gate has closed so you may have to use either Gate 1. or another. A little searching you may have to go. It is still there!)
5. There is a shop off Quraysh street towards the Falak round-about too. On the right… they have embroidery thread… I don’t remember the name. But they only have embroidery threads – DMC and Anchor. If you need details, I can show directions. (Filipino shop keeper… I am not sure if he speaks English) (UPDATE: This has closed down too!!)
6. There are two shops on Tauba street. It is near the Eskan housing project. I can’t recall the name but it is in Arabic. Small shop with really good wool. They import from Germany, they said. 🙂 Really nice for knitting and Crochet. (Closed!)
UPDATE (March 14th 2015)
I have located a new shop and it has become my favourite! I will continue with the numbering because I am sure the above shops have relocated and not really shut down.
7. Arts and Crafts: This is a yarn store with lots of crochet, embroidery and knitting material. They know nothing about tatting but they have some really nice imported stuff. They have books, a fantastic collection of DMC Yarn and Boye hooks. They also have some really good collectors items. They conduct some training classes too. I haven’t asked in detail but they have a lady at the counter who speaks English! This shop is in Sultan Mall. That would be on Sultan Street intersecting Batterjee Street. Yes, that same mall that houses EXTRA Electronics and Star Markets. The shop is on the top floor near the food court. (When you enter the mall, turn right on the first turn and up the escalator) It is called A&C or Arts and Craft.
8. Macarona Bridal Market. There are a few sewing and tailoring needs shopzs there. I am sure you can find some really good lace and embellishements kind of stuff there.
Ok girls, that is all I know. Anywhere else, you know about? Do comment. I love hearing from you all!
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