525 Seventh Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, 2nd floor
Open Monday through Saturday
By far the best fabric resource ever. Be sure to check out the inspiration walls, where the staff has collected tearsheets from fashion magazines and attached similar fabric swatches. B&J carries everything from luxury fabrics (unbelievable silks and embroidered, beaded fabrics) to basic cotton canvas (in a plethora of colors). Also a fantastic selection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn. Schedule a lot of time for this stop; you'll be overwhelmed by the selection.
225 West 37th Floor, 3rd & 4th floors
If you're willing to dig, you can find some good deals here. They carry almost everything, including luxury fabrics, and can be very helpful.
Paron West, Paron Annex
206 West 40th Street
Open Monday to Saturday
I sometimes do very well at these shops and sometimes leave empty handed. You never know.
Ribbons and Trim
28 West 38th Street
The most inexpensive, and perhaps the dustiest.
Daytona Trimmings Company
251 W 39 At Fashion Ave
New York, NY 10001
I rarely find what I need/want here, but many other sewers are big fans.
1 West 37th Street
A treasure trove of trims, both new and vintage. Lots of other fun things as well. Does anyone happen to know if their ribbon shop is still on 38th Street? I'm unsure, since they recently moved.
67 West 38th Street
Dusty, musty, and messy, but gorgeous ribbons. It's worth digging through the bins, although you may be surprised at how expensive a yarn of ribbon can be.
1008 6th Avenue (between 37th and 38th)
Mon - Fri : 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday : 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
You've got to see this place. Now with multiple rooms carrying buttons, beads, ribbons, handbag handles, you name it. You won't believe your eyes. Another place to spend a lot of time. Bring a shopping list or you might be thoroughly overwhelmed.
143 East 62nd Street
Open Monday to Saturday
Like stepping back in time, this tiny shop stocks beautiful vintage and antique buttons. It helps to have a particular project you're shopping for, and don't be surprised if those buttons you love cost more than last month's rent.
Steinlauf & Stoller
239 West 39th Street
Open Monday to Friday, 8-5:30
I wrote about this shop previously. An excellend source for whalebone, patternmaking paper, interfacing, grommets, bra hooks, and anything else you might need.
147 Sullivan Street (between Houston and Prince Streets)
Monday to Friday 12-7, Saturday & Sunday 12-6
My favorite quilt shop.
The City Quilter
133 West 25th (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Open Tuesday through Sunday
137 Sullivan Street
Monday through Friday 12-7, Saturday and Sunday 12-6
My favorite yarn store. Close your eyes and pick a yarn; whichever it is, I'll bet it's gorgeous! If you love luxury yarns, natural fibers, and Lorna's Laces you'll be in heaven here.
45 Avenue A
Cozy, nice selection, great window displays, and really helpful employees. And that screen door just feels so welcoming, like returning home after a long day.
School Products Co Inc
1201 Broadway # 3 (near 30th St. no store front on the third floor)
Monday through Friday 9:30 – 6:30
Saturday 10:00 – 3:30
It's been a while since my last visit here, but this shop is usually a good source for affordable yarns. Really the only source in the city for machine knitting yarns (on cones), and they often carry leftover samplemaking yarns from Seventh Avenue.
Japanese Craft Books
1073 Ave of the Americas (6 Ave bet 40 and 41 St)
phone: 212-869-1700/ fax: 212-869-1703
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm/Sun 11am-7:30pm
All the books are in Japanese. So what? The photos and styling of Japanese craft books are terrific, and the directions are usually clear enough to follow even if you can't read what they say.
Bookoff USA Incorporated
12 E 41st St At 5th Ave
New York, NY 10017
Asahiya Bookstores New York Incorporated
52 Vanderbilt Ave
New York, NY 10017
Brooklyn General Store
128 Union Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
I love this shop for it's size and unusual offerings (including some great vintage fabrics). It's always a pleasure to visit.
ABC Home/The Silk Trading Company
888 & 881 Broadway (at about 19th Street)
M-F: 10-8, Sat: 10-7:00, Sun: 11-6:30
Be prepared to spend hours at this unusual department-store-styled exotic furnishings store. My favorite areas are the children's section (in the back of the shop and up a half-flight of stairs) and the jewelry. But don't miss the bath department, the quilts, or the furniture. Oh never mind; see the whole thing. It's all worthwhile.