If you love arts and crafts, either your medium of choice is paint, beads, designer papers or textile materials, you probably also like scouting the range of art supply shops when visiting a new place. In this guide you'll find a few of the places you'll want to visit when in Gothenburg, but of course there are many more to explore. The websites linked below are mostly in Swedish, but you'll get the geist of it!
Scrapbooking, mixed media and painting
Is cardstock and designer papers your thing, can you imagine uncountable ways to use washi tape, and do you enjoy art journaling, card making and scrapbooking? In that case, Ciliinpapers at Backaplan and Rum för Papper in Victoriapassagen in the city centre are two of the stops on your creative shopping spree.
If painting in any form or shape is your artistic outlet you'll find several wellsorted art material shops in Gothenburg. For example you are likely to spend a few enjoyable hours at In-Ex Färg (Kungsgatan 22), Cornérs Materialhandel (Engelbrektsgatan 37), Dusky Pink (Karl Johansgatan 27) and Matton (Första Långgatan 26).
Beads and jewellery making
Making beaded jewellery is not a new craft by any means, but the range of materials and patterns available has surely never been greater, and the interest in beading is continuously growing. To browse for beads, clasps and other materials for your beading needs, be sure to check out for example Canvas (Nobelgatan 21) where they also offer a wide range of embroidery materials and other crafty things, and Millefiori (Haga Nygata 10) - two lovely shops for beaders of all kinds.
Fabric and yarn
For those getting creative with yarn, there are numerous shops in Gothenburg to visit. Here are a few of them, located in or near the city centre: Deisy Design (Kungsportsavenyn 39), Tummelisa Garn & Design (Norra Gubberogatan 8), Broderi & Garn (Drottninggatan 31) and Knit & Purl (Bondegatan 7).
There are also many fabric stores to chose from, and a couple of them are Gårda Textil on Västergatan 1B and Tygaffären (Lagerströmsplatsen 2), both in/near the city centre, as well as Stoff & Stil (Transportgatan 19) and Tyg-Johan (Hjalmar Brantingsgatan 11), both located on Hisingen.
For an amazing range of buttons, ribbons and such, visit classic and utterly charming shop Knapp-Carlsson located on Kyrkogatan 34.
Up for even more creative materials?
In the wellsorted hobby stores you'll find materials for all kinds of crafts. When in Gothenburg you can pop in to for example Panduro, with one store in the city centre (Östra Hamngatan 31) and one in the shopping mall Frölunda Torg, or Slöjddetaljer at Kolhamnsgatan 1 on Hisingen.