Style & Skill Crush: Brooklyn General

Friday, March 26, 2010

This edition of Style & Skill crush is a wee bit more skill than style but I think you get my meaning.

While you all know I absolutely love Brooklyn, one of the less than fab things is a relative dearth of crafty supply stores. So when I turned my eye on figuring how to sew, I had a bit of a issue. I could either truck into Manhattan's garment district and pretend to know what I'm doing (those stores are not novice friendly imo) or drive out to the burbs to a craft store. Neither is ideal.

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Enter Brooklyn General - a little local shop with character and customer service, not to mention its great style and charm.

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Their selection is limited but quite nice. They've done the hard work of finding the cute fabric and notions for me! They have a back area complete with a little bookshop of sewing/knitting books as well as a work area complete with iron and sewing machine.

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But most importantly their staff are happy to answer your questions and offer their advice! And while this place can be dangerous to my savings account, I'm happy to pay a little more for the help. (Because I certainly need it!)

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Judging by my experiences in there, this place is flush with customers so maybe they can open up another branch in my nabe one day? Until then, you'll find me staring at the goods here.

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And if you are wondering, I did walk out of there with some fabric for to make a bag. Sadly, this week has been a disaster and I haven't had a chance to get to it but its waiting for me when I'm ready to sit down at the machine again.

17 comments:

  1. Is that a hand sewn birdhouse near the yarn? It's adorable! I think you should but that on your project list (and make one for me too!)

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  2. What an adorable store! I wish more existed like this!!

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  3. I would LOVE a store like that!

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  4. The yarn photo is seriously making me drool! All those yummy colors. :)

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  5. Those fabric bird houses in the last image? Whoa. Cute overload.

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  6. What a great find! When you're learning to sew, a friendly fabric shop is invaluable.

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  7. What a great place... I'm linking it to my Friday links!

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  8. Such an adorable and quaint shop. There is nothing like a Mom and Pop store as far as customer service. You just can't beat the personal touch they provide.

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  9. Good on you! I'm so glad you found someone local to help. I hate to think that lovely little sewing room you put together wouldn't get used as such. Plus it's such a useful skill to have. Happy sewing!

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  10. i am just loving all of that color. have a great weekend. xo

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  11. What a FABULOUS shop. I love mom & pop stores. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  12. The wall of yarn? I want that in my house. I love the way the colors are organized. I'm kind of a loon for anything organized ROYGBIV or some variation.

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  13. What a truly neat store. I love giving my business to shops like that, rather than big chain stores anyway! =)
    PS- I don't know if you noticed but I purchased that bulldog print from your trip to Rome. It's going in my son's new "big boy" room- I'll let you know when I get it completed and post pictures!

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  14. darling... these seem to be popping up everywhere and it is soooo wonderful... i think i was born too late... i am so old fashioned... xx

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  15. I love that shop. When I grow up and my current business is really flourishing, I'd love to open a shop like that. :)

    I've also found that sewing at night is a great stress reliever before bed.

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  16. What a fun little shop! I will need to seek it out next time we are in the city.

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  17. I would love a sore like that!!!

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