Both experienced artists who make a living from their work and hobbyists just starting out will find exactly what they need in these crafts stores in New York. From intricate notions and trim to kits supplying everything you need for a cute end product, artists and crafters will be in maker heaven. These locally-owned stores also go above and beyond as they organize classes, workshops, art sales, and children’s events.
Brooklyn Craft Company is a carefully curated craft store suppling artists, makers, and hobbyists a place to purchases sewing notions, yarn, fabric, needlework supplies, and more. For those who love crafting, yet wouldn’t classify themselves as the most artistic person on the block, they offer cool kits such as make your own clutch purse shaped as a cat. A full complement of classes is also offered that teach dyeing, knitting, sewing, embroidery, and more.
For rubberstamps and paper crafts, your best bet is the Ink Pad. This long-standing business sells washi tape in an amazing array of colors and designs, stamps, ink, paper, and more. This store is particularly relevant for those looking to DIY wedding or shower invitations and/or scrapbooking enthusiasts. In addition to these goods sold online and in-store, the Ink Pad offers a selection of classes including card making and collage workshops.
Knitting and crocheting aficionados in NYC will find an excellent selection of yarns from Galler, Madeline Tosh, Ito, Brown Sheep, and more. For ideas and inspiration, the store also carries magazines, patterns, and knitting books. Both new and experienced yarn crafters will find several workshops offered throughout the year at very decent prices. Children are also encouraged to pick up a set of knitting needles with kids’ knitting groups offered throughout the year.
Purl SoHo is a beautiful shop with a carefully selected stock of tasteful kits for beginner crafters including a beginner sampler kit, woven beaded bracelet kit, and floral embroidery kit. Both online and in-store, you’ll find ample yarn, fabric, tools, notions, and books and whether your purchasing supplies or not, check out their beautiful free patterns on their website. Looms of various sizes for beading and weaving are also sold at Purl SoHo.
Open since 1936, M&J Trimming is possibly the most famous and well-stocked trim store in the U.S. They carry patches, ribbons, laces, buttons, and crystals available for wholesale and retail, even supplying trimmings to top national and international brands such as Dolce and Gabbana, American Eagle, and Vera Wang. For those not in the New York City area, M&J Trimming has an extensive online shop that is meticulously organized, making it easy to find exactly what your project requires.
Arlene’s Artist Materials has been open since 1960 and current sells supplies in its 10,000-square-foot storefront. Throughout the year, Arlene’s Artist Materials offers really cool events and workshops such as a makers’ market, art fair, painting workshops, binding classes, and calligraphy. Once you’ve created your own masterpiece, you can get it framed at Arlene’s as well.
Darn Good Yarn is a small business that has been loved locally since its opening 10 years ago. Online and in-store, they carry an array of knitting, crocheting, weaving, mixed media, and jewelry design supplies. Specialty, hard to find yarn is also stocked here, with vegan, dyeable, handspun, and lace weight yarn options. Darn Good Yarn’s website also has a great blog with ample tutorials and free patterns.
This highly rated yarn shop is well stocked with yarn, needles, and supplies. What sets the Spinning Room apart from other craft stores is its stock of Kromski and Louet wheels that can be both tested and purchased in-store. Additionally, Louet wheels can be rented for a reasonable price per month, if the purchasing price is out of your budget. For knitters looking to get-together, the Spinning Room offers knitting groups every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jewelry makers will find a large stock of chains, charms, tools, and hard to find goods at Brooklyn Charm. To get started, classes are offered several times per month including bead stringing, wire wrapping, and stamping and engraving. Tutorials are also up on their website for a memory refresher.
Only open four day per week, Norma’s Arts & Crafts Supplies is a very kid-friendly craft store as it offers a large selection of goods for reasonable prices. Norma’s Arts & Crafts Supplies also holds classes and crafting events can be organized for private parties. If in the area, also do be sure to check out their seasonal window displays!