The 10 Best Craft Stores in New Mexico!

For do-it-yourselfers, a craft store is a treasure trove of inspiration. From beads to yarn to candy-making and every other Pinterest-worthy creation, you’ll find exactly what you need to make a unique hand-crafted work-of-art at any one of these excellent craft stores.

1. New Mexico Bead and Fetish, Albuquerque, NM

If jewelry-making is your passion, then this store will fulfill your wildest dreams. It’s overflowing with beads of all shapes, sizes and colors including turquoise, Swarovski crystal, semi-precious, pearls and Hematite. There’s a good selection of tools and other supplies needed for this activity. If you can’t stop by, the online store reflects the myriad of items in the store.

2. Scraps Galore, Albuquerque, NM

Scapbookers are a, well, scrappy bunch. Determined in their efforts to take bits of paper and photos and stickers and labels and make all that into a gorgeous collage of color and texture with just a pair of scissors and imagination is a beginning. Everything else can be found right here from themed paper, colored pens, paint, glue and glitter. Weekly classes help beginners learn new things, and experts sharpen their skills.

3. Imagine That!, Roswell, NM

With more than 7,000 square-feet of store, pack a lunch and plan on spending the day. There’s a little bit of everything to stoke the fire of just about any creative idea. You name it: glitter, buttons, feathers, markers, pencils, paper, stamps, stickers and storage containers for organization is just the tip of the felt pen of items you’ll find here. Monthly classes are posted online.

4. Gloriana’s Fine Crafts, Santa Fe, NM

There’s a mother/daughter duo at this small but packed bead store that bills itself as the oldest one in town. For more than 40 years, they’ve been supplying visitors and residents with high quality beads in a wide-range of materials—glass, wooden, semi-precious and crystal. The store is tiny, but the collection immense. You’re sure to find something not found elsewhere.

5. Western Traders, Las Cruces, NM

The Southwest is known for its Native American jewelry, and this store is known for its incredible selection of coral, shell, silver, amber, glass, hematite, pearl and stone beads, as well as gemstones and, of course, turquoise, for use in making this iconic art. After two decades of operation, the store is now the largest supplier of beads and beading tools in the southern part of the state. Classes every Thursday.

6. Dec Your Casa, Deming, NM

Here’s a store that not only sells decor for your home, but also is full of almost anything crafting to make for your home. Cross-stitch, quilting, yarns, fabric, ribbon and supplies that go along with these materials are in abundance. Creativity is encouraged. Part of the store also has an area that showcases local crafts, art and photography on consignment.

7. Mama’s Minerals, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM

Rock hounds will feel right at home in this mixed bag of a store that features geodes, crystals, pyrite, peridot and a variety of rough rocks like serpentine black obsidian, orange alabaster, red jasper and soapstone. Other store items include fossils, minerals, beads, equipment and tools, books, DIY kits and, of course, rock tumblers. Classes in geology, metaphysics and beading take place throughout the year.

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8. Artisan Art Supplies, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM

Art is in the eye of the beholder, but there wouldn’t be much to look at if it weren’t for all of the paraphernalia that goes into making it. With more than 50,000 different art supplies, this store’s goal is to honor the artist in everyone who walks through the door. Just a few of the items include, of course, paint for all mediums, canvasses and the extras that go into making them, easels, brushes in all shapes and sizes and tools for drafting, printmaking and drawing. Classes and workshops year-round.

9. Hip Stitch, Albuquerque, NM

If you’ve ever wondered what “notions” are, then a stop here will answer that query. Notions are things that those who love to sew love to have—rotary cutters, thread, needles, gauges and other miscellany that makes sewing fun. And this is a place for those who like to sew, quilt, embroider, paint, knit and all things fiber (not the kind in cereal) related. Sewing machines also for sale. Monthly classes for beginners and groups.

10. Desert Rose Center, Tucumcari, NM

Long arm quilting is not just for those with extra-long upper limbs, it’s all about quilting really big quilts with a machine. Classes are taught here on this process, along with general classes on sewing. While you’re learning, you can also pick up everything necessary to complete any sewing project. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or knowledge, a stop here provides both.

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