Last week I posted a list of my favorite fabric, ribbon, button, notions and yarn stores in New York. A big thanks to Monica at Monica Lee Studios! After reading my post she suggested I check out a new store that had somehow slipped my radar Pins and Needles.
Here's a quick view:
Here's a quick view:
The website is packed with photos of a simple, white, (and dare I say cheerful) new store that opened on the Upper East Side in December 2010. By luck and/or coincidence the store was hosting a book signing party the next day for the new Oliver +s book. I couldn't wait to run up there and check it out!
At the door, I was greeted by Rachel Low , the store owner and expert. The space was even better "in person" and it was filled with a lovely crowd of her clientele. I knew nobody there but instantly felt welcome and comfortable. A sure sign is when you bring a 6 yr old with you and she instantly has a few playmates to hang with while I went through all the gorgeous merchandise!! I could already sense a budding community of DIY'ers in the store.
To give you an idea of what is offered, here are just some of the fabrics :
And another color story:
Rachel has created an assortment with a ready-to-wear slant as well as notions by Clover and wonderful, creative books.
An array of Sewing Classes that covers everything from sewing, embroidery, needlepoint and quilting to re-purposing a tired sweater is offered. Equally as impressive and exciting is that a lot of her clientele reflects the new trend in handmade.... The average age of her students is 7 yrs to 13 yrs old! I'm not sure if that was in the business plan, but that's something everyone would wish for in their first 4 months of business!
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Thank you Rachel for providing such a beautiful space, sumptuous merchandise and a friendly atmosphere where all will feel welcome. I look forward to visiting again soon!
For more information be sure to visit the Pins and Needles website and blog.
If you think I am missing any other stores feel free to comment and send suggestions. I love the hunt!!
Pins and Needles
1045 Lexington Ave., at E. 75th St.
- Mondays: 1-5pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 11 - 6pm
- Thursdays: 11- 7 pm
- Saturdays: 10:30- 5pm
- Sundays: By appointment only