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For crafty you- a list of my favorite craft stores

November 21, 2011

I so badly want to be crafty. I want to make snow hats and wool felted animals…but I just….don’t. I have a full tote of craft supplies: stencils, pom poms, pipe cleaners and the ultimate necessity: glue gun. I just don’t have the motivation. But, I do have the motivation to aspire to crafting.  And, if you are like me, you like a stroll through a craft store once in a while or.. if you are not like me and are much more organized and ambitious- you actually do the crafts! Inspire us!

Here is my list of my favorite craft stores easily accessible from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn General Store
128 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
I adore this old-timey shop.  They have beautiful fabrics, yarns, patterns and gift items too. When I stopped in and inquired about drapery, they had a woman on hand who could make them for me at a good price.

Fiber Notion
849 Union St
(between 6th Ave & 7th Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
This is a small shop in Park Slope that has fabric, buttons, beads, appliques and ribbons.  Call to make sure of store hours since it is run by one person and sometimes her hours change.

Jem Fabric Warehouse
355 Broadway
(between Grand St & Leonard St)
Manhattan, NY 10013
(212) 925-4488
This super fun, artsy fabric and notion store in Chinatown though people say that prices are not written on each bolt- so depending on who you get, you can get different prices. The solution? Ask a few people until you get the lowest price!

Lee’s Studio
220 West 57th St.
(Between Broadway and Seventh)
NEW YORK, NY. 10019
ph: (212) 581-4400, (877) 544-4869
I have been going to this store over the last 12 years. I do love their drawing supplies and papers, but they are more high priced than most of the other craft stores and yet they do have super sales- especially after the holidays.

808 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025-5139
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(212) 865-0813
This is a mega fun store. I like it, it’s well laid out and everything is in stock. I found everything on my list here for my crazy pom pom puppets and homemade bubble makers. I even picked up a Swarkowski crystal charm thinking I would make a bracelet with it. Um…not yet!

9030 Metropolitan Ave
Rego Park, NY 11374-5328n (Flushing)
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(718) 459-2375
This store is easily accessible via the subway.

Paron Fabrics
206 W 40th St
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-3266
This store is popular because of its great service and convenience to other places you might need to go. This is a quick 20-30 min trip from Fort Greene, so it’s easy for me. Good inventory and the staff is helpful.

Pearl Paint
42 Lispenard St (btw. Broadway and Church)
New York, NY (Soho)
This store was a staple for me in my art school days. The main store is always busy and fully stocked, but not always the most pleasant place to shop: the elevator is slow, people often misdirect you to the wrong floor and it can be cramped.  The annex which has crafts supplies, is, on the other hand, usually empty with interested sales people but less in stock.

PS Fabrics
359 Broadway (btw. Grand and Leonard Sts)
NY NY 10013
Call first as the open hours can be a bit dodgy.  This Chinatown fabric, notions and yarn store has inexpensive prices but you can pay with the frustration of showing up and they are closed.

459 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
(map to the store)
This is my all-time favorite place for fabrics. They have unique, quirky designs coupled with strong staple patterns. The women who work there know sewing really well and offer lots of help.  They have supplies for felting, needlepointing, crocheting etc. They offer kids and adults classes.

355 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
I’m ashamed to say I have never been to Spacecraft: what? Yes, it’s in Brooklyn, and I haven’t gone. I need to go. But, from what I hear, it’s lovely, welcoming and fairly priced. You can do walk-in crafts like making finger puppets, magnets, clothes, sculpture…or just whatever you like. Or, if you want more focused direction, take a kid’s or adult class. Anyone been in that wants to share your opinion?

Utrecht Art Supplies
237 W 23rd Street
Between 7th and 8th Aves.
New York City, NY 10011


111 Fourth Avenue
(Between 11th and 12th Streets)
New York City, NY 10003
(212) 777-5353
I have always like Utrecht. It used to be around the corner from our old apartment so I went there a lot- an eraser here, a pad of paper there. The stores are best stocked with paper, drawing, markers etc. They do have some craft supplies but not too much. It’s more of a fine art supply store, but I was often surprised to find they carried glitter or porcelain paint too.