teaching sewing confidence, tip by tip

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Exploring Upper East Side - (new look) Pins & Needles

There was bad news a few months ago for fabric shoppers in Manhattan when Pins & Needles on the Upper East Side suffered a flood.  It must have been heartbreaking for owner Rachel and her staff and she shared her news here on the P&N blog.

Warning - a bit of a soapbox moment:  I do want to mention how wonderful I think it is that Rachel supported her customers in her blog post by sharing details of other fabric stores in town where they can shop. I love it when businesses work together like this to provide fab service for their customers.  When travelling I love it when groups of quilt/fabric stores create maps detailing all the neighbourhood shops, such a great resource for visitors to the area - big tick from me to all stores who work this way.  I'd love to know if you agree, tell me in the comments :D

 Undeterred Rachel used the opportunity to freshen the place up with a new look. and when they reopened a couple of weeks ago I headed uptown to take a look for myself.  I'm delighted to report everything was just as wonderful as before, super crisp and clean and Flicky and I were able to acquire some great fabrics, threads and notions.

Not too much has changed but I'll let you take a look for yourselves.

Curious to see how the store used to look - check out my blog post about a visit way back in 2013

This is such a great store and visitors to Manhattan can easily tag a trip here on to visiting The Met or Guggenheim, etc, without the family so much as noticing you've suddenly got large bags of fabric in your hands.  I once insisted on nipping in immediately after having a small procedure requiring a general anaesthetic at Lennox Hill Hospital which is very close by.  My husband thought I was nuts and I dread to think what rubbish I gabbed to the staff that day but I'm living proof that a determined fabric shopper will always find a way ;D

All photos were taken with permission from a member of staff.

1045 Lexington Avenue, Second Floor, Manhattan
(above Joe's Coffee, between 74th & 75th St - take the 6 train to 77th St)
Phone: 212.535.6222

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11 am - 6 pm
Sat: 10.30 am - 5 pm
Sun: closed

Social Media:
website / book / classes / parties / blogfacebook / instagram / twitter /pinterest

For details of other fabric, yarn, trim and notion stores that I've visited around the world along with the NYC stores I love, exhibitions and events I've attended and wonderful people I've been lucky to meet click the links below or in my sidebar :D


This post is for informational purposes only, no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

Click to follow Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD on Bloglovin'

Linky Parties This post may be linked to some great Linky Parties, always a great source of inspiration too.  If you click through to my 'Fave Linky Parties'  page you can see where I like to share my work.


  1. I too love it when shops spread the word. I've encountered this when traveling to San Diego, CA and Orlando, FL. My hubby even drove me to 8 shops in Orlando cuz we just happened to go during a shop hop. Needless to say, he's a keeper!!

  2. I agree. I love when stores share. My hubby & I are doing a US mainland road trip this fall (we live in Hawaii) and I haven't found a good way of knowing where the modern quilt shops are. Right now it's all word of mouth.

  3. Oh it looks amazing - how wonderful to see it back on its feet again :)

  4. I could live in this store. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week!


I love to hear from everyone, thank you for taking the time to read my blog and share your thoughts. Please leave a message to let me know you visited, it's a great way to get to know you all better too :)

Chris Dodsley

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.