284 S. Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Binders, located in the Cotswold Shopping Center, is an extremely comprehensive art supply store, stocking materials for a wide variety of different art forms including painting in various media, sculpture, drafting, calligraphy, printmaking and more. Special sections carry framing accessories and theatrical makeup. It’s easy to outfit an entire art studio here, including easels, light tables, portfolios, canvas in all sizes and all of the top brands of paint. The store hosts a variety of art classes and workshops for all ages and skill levels as well as free in-store demonstrations. Binders has much to offer young artists as well, including art books and kits, child-size easels and supplies for drawing, painting, sculpting and crafts.
1848 Galleria Blvd., Suite D
Charlotte, NC 28270
With its new, larger location in the Galleria Shopping Center off Sardis Road North, Cheap Joe’s has expanded its stock of supplies for serious artists, whether professional, student or amateur. No hobby supplies here, but both the advanced and entry-level artist will find a wide selection of oils, watercolors, acrylics, printmaking and drawing supplies, plus some of the best canvas prices around. Easels and other furniture for setting up your studio are available as well, including wheelchair-accessible furniture and en plein air equipment. Cheap Joe’s offers its own private label lines of pre-stretched canvas and art boards, brushes, watercolor palettes and painting accessories, often at sale prices. The store also offers custom framing services, and the knowledgeable staff, many of whom are artists themselves, is ready with helpful suggestions.
1212 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 372-2993 (Fazio)
Occupying a former church, this unique collaboration of two businesses offers a terrific destination for artists in Plaza-Midwood. Beadlush, formerly located across the street, has spread out into the large sanctuary with 18-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light from the many windows, an area perfect for the more than 30 classes offered in subjects ranging from macramé to metal art clay, plus every sort of jewelry and beading skill. The store stocks a wide variety of art supplies for jewelry making, lampworking and other crafts, including many types of beads, crystals and semi-precious stones, chains, fittings, leather and glass rods, plus mixed media, fabric and antique pieces suitable for repurposing. Downstairs, Fazio offers custom framing with more than 2,000 moldings to choose from, plus art and framing supplies.
11205 Lawyers Road, Suite B
Charlotte, NC 28227
Dedicated to the ancient art of cross stitch, the Stitch Traders retail shop is located just off Highway 51 in the Mint Hill neighborhood, although the owner is often found among the vendors at regional Scottish games and festivals. The careful selection available represents top designers of cross stitch patterns not found at most retail chains, and includes traditional samplers and pillows with witty sayings as well as more advanced artistic designs and patterns. Embellished designs incorporating shells, charms, buttons and other notions are especially popular. Stitch Traders carries every sort of supply and accessory for cross stitch, including special fabrics, floss, embellishments, patterns and kits for needleworkers from beginner to advanced.
18926 W. Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC 28031
Located in the front of Lake Norman Storage, this little shop carries supplies for a surprisingly wide range of supplies for paper crafts and arts, including paper embroidery, quilling, teabag and Iris folding, trapunto, Spirelli string art, papuella weaving, bookbinding, papermaking, die cutting and embossing. You’ll find both new and gently used consignment items for sale or even for rent here, including brass stencils, paper piercing and cutting templates, rubber stamps, punches, fancy edge scissors, stickers and dies, along with die cutting and embossing machines. How-to videos are available for rent, and a wide variety of classes are offered for both children and adults, including One-Stroke Painting, bookmaking, papermaking, punch art, stenciling and fancy paper cutting. Be sure to check out the “pretty room” filled with Victorian creations by Ivy Rongo, including unique evening bags, mirrors and shadow boxes.
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