Monday, July 26, 2010

A dollmakers guide to Fabric and Trims in Manhattan

this is the resource list that was given to me .... 

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It is easy to get around Midtown. Fifth Avenue is the dividing line
between East and West addresses. The higher the numbers the further it is from 5th Avenue.

The Fabric District's shops and showrooms are between 36th and 40th Streets and between 6th and 8th Avenues. The "street" blocks are short, however the Avenues are about 4 or 5 "blocks" in length. . Wear your sneakers and don't carry a heavy purse. Fabric is heavy.

Most shops will ship your purchases to your home. The shipping is usually about the same or less than the 8-1/4% State and City tax. No tax is charged if merchandise is shipped out of State.
Between Seventh & Eighth Avenues Paron West/Paron Annex 206 W 40th St 212-768-3266. 212-247-6451
paronfabrics.com

Buttonworld at front of Annex Both closed Sunday

Lace Star 215 W 40th St 212-840-0555 lacestar.com (also called
Exclusive) Closed Sat & Sun

New York Elegant Fabrics 222 W 40th St 212-302-4980/ 4984
NYelegantf@aol.com Wholesale & retail Closed Sun

Rosen & Chaddick, 246 W 40th St 212-869-0142, 1-800-225-3838 Closed Sun

Bazaar Fabrics (aka Butterfly Fabrics, wholesale division), 256 W 39th St 212-575-5640
Closed Sun Indian Sari silks 45" $8 yd, 54" $12 yd

Mood Fabrics 357 W 37th St Third Floor Closed Sun

B&J Fabrics 525 Seventh Ave (on East side of Ave) Second Floor. This is a gorgeous showroom. Some of the more expensive fabric, (med to high 3 figures per yard.) are displayed on hangers; salespersons will cut samples for designers, often large enough for a dolls' bodice, or at least a stomacher.

Spandex House, Inc. (aka NY Theatrical Supply) specializing in Spandex & Lycra. Ckotton and Nylon spandex for dollskins are on Second floor.
263 W 38th St (closer to 8th) 212-354-6711 Closed Sun
www.spandexhouse.com

Beads, Trims, Ribbon & Embellishments
Trims de'Carival 40 W 38th St 212-730-2774 beaded appliqu├ęs, trims & fringes www. tdcnewyork.com

Hyman Hendler & Sons 21 W 38th St 212-840-8393 Ribbons

Mokuba New York, 37 W 39th St 212-730-1030 Closed Sat & Sun
Japanese Silk ribbons, gorgeous store, Wholesale, but will sell yardage to designers. (Note) There is a retail Mokuba Shop on Queen St in Toronto.

Tinsel Trading 1 W 39th St 212-370-1030 Braid, metallic trims, weird embellishments this shop is noted for unusual trims and findings. Great fun to browse if you have time.

M&J Trimming/M&J Buttons 1000 & 1008 Sixth Ave, beads, gimp, braid, silk & cotton ribbon, & more. Trims ad beads are well organized by color. Easy to find what you need in this store www.m&jtriming.com

Dry & Silk. Flowers & butterflies123 W 28th St. 212-239-3684

Daytona Trimmings, 251 W 39th St trims, braids, rick-rack

Toho Sojii 990 Sixth Ave Beads, charms, beading supplies and jewelry findings

New York Bead 10 w 37th St beads, charms, embroidered patches
Tues. thru Fri 11-6, Sun 12-5

Designers Mart, 1180 Broadway (between 28th -29th St) 212-779-9888 Beads (spend $200 get a 30% discount).

Manny's Milliner Supply Co. 63 WA 38th St 212-840-2235 Wool felt bodies, millinery trim & tools, nylon horsehair,buckram, feathers, flowers, ribbons, feathers, bridal tiaras, hat making books, (Mail order $25 minimum)

AA Feather Company 16 W 36th St 212-695-9470 All sizes & colors feathers sells by the pound, no minimum. Open Mon thru Fri some Saturdays. (Call first)

Outside Fabric District
Tender Buttons 142 East 62nd St (between 3rd and Lex) 212-758-7004 closed Sun

On Lower East Side, Joe's Fabric Warehouse 102-110 Orchard St (at corner of Delancy) closes Friday at 3pm closed Sat, open Sunday.

Baltic Bazaar 141 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 718-855-5929 Decorator Fabrics samples, chintz, tapestry, etc, sold by the pound open Wed thru Sat only.

Greenburg & Hammer 24 West 57th St, (near 5th Ave,) 212-246-2836 Small shop, great selection of dressmaking and millinery notions and tools, no minimums open Mon thru Sat. Notions and other stuff on lower level.

FiberNotion. union st & 7th ave in brooklyn, nice array of unusual fabrics, embellishments, hand dyed rovings.

The City Quilter 133 West 25th St. Between 6th and 7th 212-807-0390 . www.cityquilter.com Small shop but terrific selection of cotton fabrics. Great collection of NYC prints. Also carries books and notions for both quilting and cloth dollmaking, and needle-felting. Classroom for quilting, dollmaking and other textile crafts .Classes announced by newsletter on on their website.