Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stocking up in Japantown

In Japan I did not use to worry much about felt, I knew if I needed more the little sewing store, across from the school I used to teach at, had quite a large variety of good felt. And if it wasn't emergency I could easily wait for a weekend trip to an excellent Osaka craft supplies store, of which my favorite was the insanely huge ABC Craft.

But here I find myself worrying about my felt stash a lot. It's not that I'm almost running out, it's that I still haven't found a good felt supplier. Of course, they do sell felt in American craft stores like Michaels, and sometimes even nicely embossed or printed felt, but it's always eco-fi felt and it's quality just does not measure up to Japanese felt. I like my felt to be soft, strong and not see-through.

So I conviced my hubbie to come to Japantown with me to check out the new and improved 100 yen store. Well, I'm happy to report that it was an excellent decision! Sure, Daiso Japan cannot to compare to ABC Craft, but it did sell more felt than Michaels, and it was all Japanese felt! Score!


Amy Seager said...

Oh my, I LOVE Japan! We went on our honeymoon this time last year and it was AMAZING! I'll be posting photos soon!

Love your blog - its so cute!

Louana said...

A honeymoon in Japan... Swoon! Can't wait to see the photos!

Raphaele said...

Ho my, this Japanese felt and craft supplies are exactly what I need now. Do you know if there is a way to get the stuff online? Or do I need to plan a trip to Japan soon, like tomorrow ?

Louana said...

@Raphaele, well a trip to Japan will provide you with the best and most variaties of felt. But if that's a bit too much, try a trip to the closest Japantown. This store in San Francisco's Japantown is called Daiso and it does have an online shop, but they offer much less felt than they do in the actual shop. Here's the link:

Raphaele said...

Thanks Louana. Will make sure to check out Japantown next time I visit San Francisco.