Here's a collection of places I know about that run creative classes, or sell creative wares, which I'll continue to add to as they pop up on my radar. If there's any you'd like me to add, email me dana.szydlik at gmail dot com.
The guys are workshop are so passionate about sharing creativity - anyone can be creative! They run lots of different short (and affordable!) courses from tattoo illustration to beer brewing.
If you're looking for some fabric bargains, Fabric-a-brac is the place to go! Their markets vary in dates so keep an eye on their Facebook page for the next one.
Bobbin & Ink
A screenprinting and sewing workshop space in Newtown.
Sew Make Create
An intimate creative space in Chippendale, Melissa here runs all kinds of classes from sewing vintage dresses, kids sewing, basket weaving and watercolour painting.
If you don't already know about Reverse Garbage - get on it! A reuse warehouse with lots of bits and bobs. They have a high turnover so pop by every now and then. They often have a few rolls of fabric available at low low prices.
A new studio and education space based out in the inner west that allows for those interested to engage, experiment, create, collaborate and educate themselves in the art of printmaking.
A retail fabric outlet that has great quality fabric for low low prices. Stock is constantly changing so worth regular trips (at least that's what I tell myself!)
A place for design and craft, Object gallery has a workshop program that's worth keeping an eye on.
The Fabric Cave
You've probably heard me rave about this one a few times. They're out in Ryde and opening hours are Mon and Fri (9am-2pm) and the first Sunday of the month (9am-12pm). It's a treasure trove of beads, buttons and braids, cottons, canvasses and crochet items, heritage linen, upholstery fabrics, dress fabrics and period vintage pieces. All fund raised go back into Archive Australia to provide accommodation, employment and day programs to people living with a disability.
The Culture Classroom
A creation of local Sydney maker Britt Jacobson, the Culture Classroom aims to share global traditions in living and making. Britt offers a range of workshops from pickling to kimono making!
Make It Collective
A Sydney community craft group for crafters of all levels! Regular meetups where you can bring your own project or learn something new.