Curious about crafts? Are you considering DIYing some Christmas Gifts this year, or do you have a crafty person on your shopping list? Look no further than the Craft Hive! This small family-run shop of surprises first opened in August of 2022, eager to bring all their supplies to St. Thomas. This helped to fill a much-needed vacancy locally, as many local artists and craft enthusiasts had long needed to rely on online shopping or venture to craft stores in London. Now, hard-to-find items from tiny figurine model kits to oil paints can be easily accessed!
From the moment you step in, you’ll be welcomed by the beautiful array of crafts and creations everywhere. From the decorative origami swans to the delightful displays, this store invites every visitor with a plethora of colours and concepts. You’ll be sure to find something to pique your interest.
Maybe you’re curious about a particular medium but unsure how to get involved? The friendly staff is sure to help guide you on the necessary materials, techniques, and tools to bring your vision to life. With books for beginners in embroidery, drawing and more, you can follow step-by-step guides through a new genre of art. The Craft Hive also offers monthly classes and activities, where you can learn step by step about a specific product or work on a craft with a group, a great way to meet other art enthusiasts in the area.
Some of their most unique items include buildable 3D wooden puzzles, which require lots of patience and precision to make an incredible piece, from the Eiffel Tower to a wooden carousel that plays music. Another medium that has emerged in popularity once again is wax seals. While they were more notably used before the 20th century, they have since made a comeback, with more and more artisans trying their hand at the unique art form.
For all things art, from foam sheets to cross-stitching manuals, the Craft Hive is the perfect place to begin your artistic journey and even tick some names off your holiday shopping list...