If you are on the hunt for zips, buttons, ribbons, trimmings, thread, beads, embroidered embellishments, chord and more then Taliban Store is for you. It is a hidden gem but is relatively easy to find (see map below – marked with a T). They are close to the roundabout on the corner of Hiteen Street and Rawadat Al Khail Street. Look out for their blue shop sign.
Parking is reasonable in the mornings but even at busy times there is a regular coming and going of people, so if you hang around long enough you can usually slot into someones space as they leave. I have always found parking space in the street opposite the shop.
The shop isn’t large but their stock is bountiful. In other words it is bursting at the seams so be prepared to dig!
I got a moment on Thursday night for a brief visit to Art Elements, the recently opened art and craft supply shop in The Gate Mall. I had heard all about it, checked out their Facebook page and had high hopes for this new shop. I was not disappointed!
There are a lot of things working in their favor. They are very well stocked with a diverse range of media for many art and craft projects. From drawing and painting on different surfaces – textile, ceramic, glass, canvas and paper – to decoupage, marbling and clay work. They have a great stock of canvas in different sizes and shapes, brushes, spray paints, gold leaf…the list goes on. What I like best is that in any product they seem to have the full range of colours available. The products are good quality and seem to be well priced.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but I can say that it is well worth a visit. I look forward to seeing how this shop develops.
The Gate Mall is opposite City Centre and next to Salem Plaza. See the map below:
They are on the second level in the mall. Give them a call on 4407 7174 if you have any questions about their stock.
So, you need another reason to go and visit?! Okay – Art Elements are right beside these super cool jelly fish! One of the coolest decorations I have seen in a Doha mall yet.
Today I had to stop by Al Mushiri to pick up some supplies for our Bernina sewing machines. In our sewing room we have 6 Bernina sewing machines (1008 models) and Al Mushiri is our go-to for all our machines needs – feet, needles, accessories and maintenance. They have it all!
I was delighted to see that as well as supplying everything Bernina related they have expanded their sewing stock to include many quilters items such as rotary cutters, cutting mats, grids and rulers and lots of other bits and pieces.
Most exciting was the stock of quilters fabrics. Although the souq (as I have written about before) has a reasonable stock of fabric, for those who are ready and willing to hunt and dig, seeing a good selection of quilters fabrics at Al Mushiri was a real treat!
Make sure you head down for a look and shop. Jonathan behind the Bernina desk will be ready and willing to assist you. Or give him a call on 77131068 if you have any Bernina related questions.
To find Al Mushiri is very easy. It is marked on the map below – you want to turn right onto the service road/carpark directly after Ibn Al Atheer Street, which is the first street on your right as you come off the roundabout under the Al Jaidah flyover heading towards the civil defense roundabout. Look out for the big ‘Al Mushiri Co.’ sign.
The building occupies the whole front of the block. There is parking in front but it is limited. You may need to circle around and park in the side street if you come at a busy time…although it is hard to say when that is!
A lot of hard work and planning has paid off in what has been a great first week here at Inspiration Station. It all started on Saturday 7th September with our open day craft market. It was so exciting to see such creative talent all under one roof. We had vendors selling their handmade items, from crochet toys, kids clothes, paintings, jewelry, bookmarks, photography, furniture and so much more. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved. It was lovely to meet all the vendors and see connections being made between such talented individuals. And thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. I hope you all enjoyed the market and all of your purchases!
The market was such a success that we will definitely be looking at hosting more events like this in the future. If you are someone who would like to sell at a market like this please email us your details and we will add you to our mailing list for this in the future.
Classes began on the Sunday and throughout this week some wonderful work has been produced. I hope all of our first students have had a good time!
Remember to keep an eye on our class schedule for upcoming classes. Also, if you have something you particularly want to learn or make then let us know. We are happy to look at scheduling a session with your request in mind.
So all in all we have been settling into the new space and things are looking really good.
Our paper room is still under construction. There is a huge (and very exciting) collection of stamps and punches and papers and stickers and gadgets and stencils and…and…so many lovely things to tidy into shelves ready for you to play with! So look out for the unveiling of this room soon!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Bring on week 2!!
With only two weeks to go until our grand opening (EEK! So excited!!) I wanted to introduce you to a few of the fabulous crafters who will be selling their wonderful things in our craft market.
Saturday, September 7th, 8:30am to 1:30pm
As well as shopping at the following crafty/arty stalls we will have food and drinks for sale, some inspirational demonstrations and the opportunity to sign up for our classes in the coming weeks. It is going to be heaps of fun and hopefully very inspirational!