I'm an avid reader of your blog, and I've recently decided to do a little project involving fabric, canvas, and Christmas lights. I've lived in Brooklyn for about a year, and have yet to find a good fabric store. I figured you'd be a great person to ask. I live in Williamsburg, but I will go anywhere in the Brooklyn/Manhattan area to find a fabric with great patterns. I'm interested in finding some funky patterns and bright colors. If you could help me out, that would be great. Thanks!
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When I saw the sample image you sent I immediately thought of Marimekko, the Finnish design house of bright and bold textiles and fashions (see the image at left for an example). There is a Marimekko shop in Manhattan on Third Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets. They sell both fashions and fabrics there. That shop also sells fabrics online and they are offering free ground shipping right now. Their fabrics run about $30 to $40 per yard.
For lower prices than Marimekko, bargains can be found by visiting 38th and 39th Street in the Garment District. Most of the fabric shops are between 7th and 8th Avenues. These shops are busy with wholesale buyers for the garment industry on weekdays but are happy to make time for any customer that's interested in buying. Note that many of these shops are closed on the weekends.
Has anyone else made good fabric finds around town?