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TKMaxx  in Jahnplatz is a useful place to find English cooking and craftbooks. You have to pop in regularly as their stock is always changing but I have found several good books there. For example Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver all at a discounted price too. They currently have several copies of one of my favourite cooks books – Apples for Jam for only 7 euros. In the kids toy section they have English story, activity and sticker books too.

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Berlin comes to Siegfriedplatz

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I enjoy visiting independent shops and was excited to hear PollyEster has spotted a new shop  Nikkes.Berlin with nice things made from recycled materials on Stapenhorststraße 90 (opposite Oetker park and near the second hand book shop). You can read more about their move from Berlin here 

PollyEster also told me the owners of the sewing cafe Traut & Muse   came from Berlin too. They have lots of great classes and also rent sewing machines by the hour so you can work on your own projects and they have everything there for sale that you might need too.

 

Coffee and Crafts in Bielefeld

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We’ve recommended some of these places in a few other posts about coffee in Bielefeld, but I thought it might be nice to highlight a particularly cute kind of coffee shop here: one where you can sip your latte and take a look at crafts, craft supplies and home decorations for sale. I’ve never lived in a town that had coffee shops of this kind, but I’ve really enjoyed all of the ones I’ve been to so far in Bielefeld. Please add more in the comments if you know of them!

Koffie Met Gebak – Get coffee, a little lunch, some cake, and check out the cute things for sale next door. Below, some curry mango soup and chocolate cheesecake:

curry mango soup chocolate and cheese cake

Kafé Eigenwerk – Coffee, yarn, other knitting supplies, and cute ceramics.

Wald Stadt Kreativ Kafé – If you are a particularly crafty person, you can rent out a few shelves in the back room to sell your stuff. This one is near the Uni.

Finnish Christmas Bazaar

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Should you want to have a taste of a  Nordic Christmas, do join us for the Finnish Christmas Bazaar. The address and times are on the flyer. The easiest way to get there is to take the Strassen Bahn 3 to Babenhausen Sud, get off at the last stop and walk  5 min to the venue.

We offer hand made crafts, some Finnish design, books, etc. There is a cafe with all home made goodies, including of course salmon soup.

Yarn bombing

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As part of a knitting workshop with our group, I spoke about guerrilla knitting – where artists graffiti or ‘yarn bomb’ with pieces of knitted art in public spaces. It’s a growing movement in cities all over the world so I was pleasantly surprised today to see an example here in Bielefeld.

Let me know if anyone spots any more!

craft and knitting supplies

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Sam’s knitting supplies recommendations
http://www.jules-wollshop.de/
Fast online delivery, though she is Bielefeld-based and offers pick-up as an option. More variety in brands than a lot of the “brick and mortar” knitting shops I’ve seen. Speaks English.

http://www.wollrausch.com/wr_kauf.htm
Cute store in the Altstadt. Owner doesn’t speak English but is very friendly.

Piia’s creative supplies recommendations

Idee creative markt http://www.idee-shop.de

Müller http://www.mueller.de