Are you a do it yourself kind of guy or gal? For those of you who enjoy creating your own projects but don’t know where to start in this massive city, we’ve created a “Do it yourself” (DIY) list of shops in Beijing to assist you in your favourite DIY projects, hobbies or new found craze.
DIY Knitting and Crocheting: Beyond Knitting
If you don’t like the hustle and bustle of markets, negotiating and lack of English, this website is the perfect solution. Offering everything for knitting and crocheting you can imagine, from tools and materials to instructions, tips and personal lessons, it’s all here and they deliver it right to your door. The fabric options range from cost efficient synthetics to high quality wool and cotton but don’t be intimidated if you’re a novice because the website walks you through choosing the perfect fabric for your project whether it’s a sweater, scarf, blanket, etc. Beyondknitting.com is completely in English, making it easy to search and find what you are looking for. Orders take between 10-12 days and they accept Visa, Master Card and Amex and operate via paypal for easy and safe money transfer. Delivery within the third ring road is free.
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours
DIY Knitting and Crocheting: Wool City View In Map
This wool market is a hidden jewel for fabric lovers because it is still somewhat of a kept secret from foreigners so the prices are reasonable and the quality is great. If you are a real deal kind of shopper then you can find some great non-synthetic fabrics, including cotton yarn, mohair yarn and snow cashmere. Since Wool City isn’t flooded with tourists, there really isn’t a bad time to go.
Add: Anningzhuang Donglu (west of Qinghe Xiaoying Qiao), Haidian District, Beijing
地址: 北京市清河毛纺城, 海淀区清河镇安宁庄东路(近清河小营桥)
Opening hours: Daily, 09:30-17:00
DIY Sewing Projects: Muxiyuan Jingdu Qingfangcheng (木樨园京都轻纺城 )View In Map
If you like to make or design your own clothes, curtains, linens, etc., then you will love this fabric market. It’s almost impossible to leave empty handed with the massive selection of wool, cotton, silk, fur, cashmere and more. They have thought of everything including all the trimmings, buttons, lining, elastic and lace you need for any DIY project. Some of the vendors will sell what you need for a small project while others only sell large quantities, so don’t fall in love with a fabric until you know the minimum that can be purchased.
Add: Dahongmen Lu (south of Muxiyuan long-distance bus station), Fengtai District
Opening hours: Daily 08:30 – 18:00
DIY Jewelry Making: Panjiayuan Antique Market and Sanlitun Yashow
Whether you design jewelry as a hobby for yourself or everyone you know, you can find some great pieces for your next jewelry handicraft in Beijing. While there are literally thousands of mom and pop shops at random street corners and in nooks and crannies of Hutongs, with fabulous finds, there are also some larger, better known areas to get you started in Beijing. The Panjiayuan Antique Market and Sanlitun Yashow are two fantastic places for beads, jewels, coral, and hundreds of colourful, shapes, sizes and styles of individual pieces for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, key chains and more. Each location also provides hooks, clips, wire, string and other necessary gadgets for a jewelry making craze.
Panjiayuan Antique Market潘家园旧货市场View In Map
Add: 18 Huaweili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 5120 4699
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 08:30-18:30; Sat-Sun 04:30-18:30
Sanlitun YashowView In Map
Add: 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyong District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6416 8945
Opening hours: Daily, 09:30-20:30
DIY Woodworking and Home Décor: Dongjiao Market (东郊市场)View In Map
For those of you who can’t get enough of arts and crafts and take it one step further to designing your own home decorations, including picture frames, mirrors, entertainment units, etc., this market is perfect for you. At the market you’ll find a little woodworking shop where you can buy as much or little as you need and they will cut your dimensions for you. If you have a rough sketch, a model or know your specifications, even better. Take home your raw materials and let your creative mind take it from there. The location is great and rather convenient and so long as you are looking for a bargain and not a high-class shopping experience, you’ll find what you need.
Add: Xidawang Lu (south of Soho New Town), Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6774 7864
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-17:30
DIY Gardening: Yuquanying Plant/Flower Market (玉泉营花卉市场)View In Map
In the midst of this concrete jungle, it’s nice to have some green in your life. At this flower market you can pick up a lovely variety of flowers and plants. Like most DIY places, you can opt to have the vendor clerk put together a nice arrangement for your or you can buy all the raw materials and “do it yourself”. This market sells pots, vases and gardening equipment to make your greenhouse experience an easy and enjoyable one.
Add: 55 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6353 8637
Opening hours:Mon-Fri, 08:30-17:30; Sat-Sun, 08:30-18:00
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In regard to the post above the place is called 'Wool Spinning City" not Wool City. It would be helpful for you to mention that it is on the corner with MacDonalds on the ground floor.
The people there were great, prices very good and even though I have no Chinese we were able to negotiate. Please also mention that they have fabrics, tailors and knitters available.
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