NYC's best: Craft stores

Swap your remote for a pair of knitting needles and a glue gun courtesy of the city's best DIY resources.

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If you don’t have the energy to DIY, let one of these artisans in the gallery to the left help you deliver the same effect.

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Soho

Femmegems
Fledgling jewelry designers cruise this girly DIY chain and premade bauble shop for ropes of turquoise stones (beginning at $40) and peridot briolettes ($52 and up)—all artfully arranged in ornate gold frames. After you’ve selected the materials for your piece, you can assemble the design at the shop’s communal table or pass them on to the knowledgeable staff to finish. 280 Mulberry St between Prince and E Houston Sts (212-625-1611)

Pearl Paint
Though this sprawling, perennially packed art store is best known for supplying Currin wanna-bes with canvases and oil paints, its nearby annex—just around the corner from the Canal Street flagship—is dedicated to loot for crafty types. Scoop up jars of glitter ($1–$4), laminators ($48) and BeDazzlers ($20) for guilty-pleasure rhinestone fixes. 42 Lispenard St between Broadway and Church St (212-226-3717)

Purl
You won’t find any itchy acrylic at this venerable Soho spot: Sisters and co-owners Joelle and Jennifer Hoverson fill their airy knitting-centric boutique with a kaleidoscope of vibrantly colored yarns spun from natural fibers such as silk, bamboo, alpaca and cashmere. You can also snap up crochet and felting kits as well as books on creating anything from afghans to bikinis. 137 Sullivan St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-420-8796)

Purl Patchwork
For folks who would rather cobble together a quilt than a playlist, this textiles depot—just a few doors down from its older cousin—brims with an eye-popping array of Liberty of London prints, retro calicos, paisleys and even kimono-inspired high-thread-count cotton. Grab a pattern for a tote ($10–$15) to replace your weathered carryall. 147 Sullivan St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-420-8998)

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East Village


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Blick Art Materials
Homebodies can snag accoutrements for a hodgepodge of indoor-friendly projects from this slick bi-level resource. Load up on papier-mâché ($5 and up), plastic beads ($20) and pom-poms ($6). And if what you’re looking for isn’t on the shelves, chances are you can order it from Blick’s encyclopedic catalog. 1–5 Bond St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-533-2444)

Downtown Yarns
The yarn spiderwebs currently on display at Rita Bobry’s cozy knittery are just one of the quirky homespun creations in the front window’s rotating lineup. Inside you’ll find notions, needles, patterns and a multitude of coveted, hard-to-find knitting brands such as Debbie Bliss, Brown Sheep and Mango Moon’s Tibetan Silk, as well as Frankie, Bobry’s golden retriever. 45 Ave A between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-995-5991)

Knit New York
Needle aficionados can scan the white cubbies—neatly stocked with balls of basic, high-quality yarns such as chunky wool (from $13), cashmere ($17) and mohair ($9)—before settling in at knitting guru Miriam Maltagliati’s serene, roomy joint. If you need a quiet spot to practice your stockinette stitch, the in-house organic café offers a handful of tables as well as homemade chai and muffins to sustain you while you churn out that poncho inspired from the latest issue of Vogue Knitting ($7). 307 E 14th St at Second Ave (212-387-0707)

Utrecht
Cooper Union students scour the pristine aisles for this local outfit’s acrylic gesso paints, but Utrecht also provides an excellent resource for scrapbookers and printing enthusiasts. Glam up your family tree with archival acid-free glue ($5 and up), gold leaf spray (from $5) and glassine paper (from $13). 111 Fourth Ave between 11th and 12th Sts (212-777-5353); 237 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-675-8699)

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West Village

Gotta Knit
Tucked away on the second floor of a nondescript walk-up, this secret spot is packed with perhaps enough yarn to wind around Manhattan. While its selection of haute skeins ($9–$60) and vintage buttons (from $4) are a bit pricey for beginners, GK also offers private lessons ($50 per hour) and unlike most stitchers’ shops, actually stays open past sundown on Thursday nights. 498 Sixth Ave between 12th and 13th Sts, second floor (212-989-3030)

The Point Knitting Café
Solo fiber-arts lovers can meet like-minded folks for espresso and cupcakes at this inviting shop. Snap up a ball or two of bulky tweed ($9) from one of the wire baskets hanging on the Peg-Board walls and a copy of The Happy Hooker ($16) before crocheting the afternoon away in its homey lounge. 37A Bedford St at Carmine St (212-929-0800)

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Flatiron


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Beads of Paradise
Magpies will gravitate to the shimmering host of funky-to-elegant beads ($1–$10), which are grouped in terra-cotta bowls and hang in strands from the walls. Sourced from around the world, the global theme continues with ethnic art from Africa ($200 and up) and silk scarves ($18–$48) from Thailand that you can purchase along with bauble trimmings such as silk and leather cords (from $3). What’s more, if you’ve mangled the back of your favorite earrings, they offer jewelry repair services. 16 E 17th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-620-0642)

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Chelsea

City Quilter
Not too far from Chelsea’s gallery district, this 2,500-square-foot joint elevates the grannyish hobby with an artful spectrum of flannels (from $65), hand-dyed cottons ($20 and up) and batiks (beginning at $10). Beyond stunning fabrics, you can also snag patterns, batting, embroidery thread, kids’ quilting kits ($22) and a custom quilting machine ($7,400) that’s compact enough for studio apartments. 133 W 25th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-807-0390)

School Products Co., Inc.
Touted as Manhattan’s oldest yarn shop, this spacious joint specializes in the fiber arts instead of pencils, Trapper Keepers and notebooks, but its goods aren’t limited to the needle trade. Spinners can score table looms (from $550), bobbins ($12–$19) and shuttles ($5–$29). 1201 Broadway between 28th and 29th Sts, third floor (212-679-3516)

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Midtown

Lee’s Art Shop
Across the street from the Art Students League, this ritzy emporium is known for its top-notch supplies for fledgling Pollocks, but its excellent and wide-ranging crafts selection merits a visit by any DIYer. Score beads (from $1), latch-hook tools ($5), pipe cleaners ($1), pressed flowers ($9) and more. 220 W 57th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave (212-247-0110)

M&J TrimmingMartha Stewart Living editors and Seventh Avenue designers regularly troll this vast notions depot, which is jam-packed from floor to ceiling with boxes of myriad buttons (from 19 cents), sparkly iron-on appliqués ($5 and up), chenille cord ($1–$6) and peacock-feather fringe ($16 per yard), along with anything you could possibly need to embellish fabric. Paris Hilton fans, don’t miss the kitschy kits ($20) that will help you trick out your Sidekick with rhinestones. 1008 Sixth Ave between 37th and 38th Sts (800-9-MJTRIM)

Mood FabricSure, Project Runway contestants frequently rummage through this 40,000-square-foot garment district institution for jersey and satin to use in their latest sartorial creations, but Mood has always been a resource for both serious and amateur sewers not on reality TV. Its expert staff will help you navigate the mazelike shelves for the right organza (from $8 per yard), grosgrain ribbon (from 50 cents per yard) and coconut buttons ($7 each) for that shirt you’ve been meaning to whip up. 225 W 37th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-730-5003)


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Sew Fast Sew Easy
We wish that stitching a pencil skirt was a no-brainer, but this thread-centric depot—originator of the NYC’s first Stitch ’n Bitch group—does its best to simplify the process. Besides offering scads of classes, owner, author and former Parsons instructor Elissa Meyrich stocks patterns for Minimalist pillows inspired by artist Sol Lewitt ($18), sewing machines (from $199) and magnetic-seam guides ($3). 147 W 35th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, Suite 807 (212-268-4321)

Stitches EastDesk jockeys on their lunch break won’t have to roam far to gather needlepoint kits (from $12) and chichi skeins ($5–$30) from this bare-bones store, located on the ground floor of a midtown office building. 55 E 52nd St between Park and Madison Aves (212-421-0112)

Yarn Connection
Though this sliver of a space—located on the second floor of a nondescript Madison Avenue building—might look a bit humble, this knitters’ joint crams in a bevy of luxe brands of mohair (starting at $8), bamboo and metal needles (from $6), and books (beginning at $6). Plus, its helpful, knowledgeable staff can help you rescue a dropped stitch or two. 218 Madison Ave at 36th St, second floor (212-684-5099)

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Upper West Side


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Knitty City
Beginner-friendly acrylics ($6 per skein) and haute cashmeres (from $26 per skein) round out the offerings from this blond-wood yarn shop. Stitchers can also load up on spanking-new knitting books, such as the latest encyclopedic Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches ($23), needles ($4–$25) and other tools to help master that tricky Fair Isle sweater pattern. 208 W 79th St at Amsterdam Ave (212-724-9596)

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Upper East Side

Annie & Company
After a recent expansion to include a spanking-new ground floor just for yarn, Annie Goodman’s 3,000-square-foot, light-filled megastore is a must for anyone obsessed with crafts. Head to the upper level, where hand-painted needlepoint canvases of butterflies and quaint cottages lend a homey feel to the white walls, before fondling skeins of Claudia Hand Painted Yarns (beginning at $12) and Artyarns five-ply cashmere (from $46). 1325 Madison Ave between 93rd and 94th Sts (212-289-2944)

Knitting 321
For four years, owner Valeria Kardos has been doling out helpful advice, and private knitting and crocheting lessons (from $30 an hour) at this UES boutique. Her sharp eye for gorgeous European yarns—which are all within easy access via the boutique’s hivelike shelves—should also aid you in your quest to whip up your first cable-knit scarf with pom-poms. 321 E 75th St between First and Second Aves (212-772-2020)

String
Get a dose of chromotherapy via the rainbowlike array of luxe yarns including private-label cashmere (from $47) and chunky wool (from $17) from indie knitwear brand Twinkle, not to mention the stunning, saturated cardigans, scarves and capes on display. In-store designer Lidia Karabinech, who has worked for Donna Karan and Ellen Tracy, can also help customize a pattern for the Koigu multicolored merino-wool yarn ($20) that you’ve been jonesing for. 130 E 82nd St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-288-9276)

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Brooklyn

Yarn Tree
You might find owner and weaver Linda LaBelle manning her loom at this quaint B-burg studio and shop, which is not too far from Bedford’s bustling main drag. When LaBelle isn’t spinning bouclé, she can offer her picks for the best felting tomes and which bamboo double-pointed needles ($8–$10) are her favorite. 347 Bedford Ave between South 3rd and 4th Sts, Williamsburg (718-384-8030)

Brooklyn General Store
A cheerful array of yarn ($6–$75), embroidery floss ($2), handmade pincushions ($32), wool felt-needle cases ($50) and vintage cotton fabric with winsome floral prints from the ’40s ($20 per yard) are all served up at this rustic, old-school–style emporium. If you want to take a break from DIY, it also offers premade goods such as roomy rattan bags ($25–$40) to haul away your crafty loot. 128 Union St between Columbia and Hicks Sts, Carroll Gardens (718-237-7753)

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Queens and Staten Island

Michaels
The Wal-Mart of craft stores, this megachain features a well-rounded lineup of tools and supplies for virtually any project. Beyond glue guns ($2 and up) and beads, Michaels also dishes up Martha Stewart Crafts homemade card kits (from $20) for stationery hounds and devotees of the domestic diva. 5106 Northern Blvd at 51st St, Woodside, Queens (718-371-0480); 30 Barrett Ave between Decker and Forest Aves, Staten Island (718-720-0377); 2795 Richmond Ave at Platinum Ave, Staten Island (718-697-0252)

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Sharmeen
Sharmeen

What? No LaCasita Yarn Shop? No Argyle Yarn Shop? Brooklyn has more than just Yarn Tree and Brooklyn General.

Michelle
Michelle

Can I add to queens Cook's Arts & Crafts, serving the community since 1970. www.cookscrafts.com