Manhattan – SoHo
147 Sullivan St between W Houston and Prince Sts
Crammed with 800 bolts of fabric, teensy quilting depot Purl Patchwork would make any Gee's Bend granny feel like a kid in a candy store. Planted next door to its older, knitting-centric cousin, Purl Soho, this textile spin-off stocks perky solids and prints in high-thread-count cottons, including reproductions of men's 19th-century shirting ($9 per yard), designer Etsuko Furuya's modern kimono-inspired cloth ($18 per yard) and sweet calicos by RISD-trained Denyse Schmidt ($9 per yard). Organized by color and pattern, Patchwork also offers quilting and sewing classes ($125 for three sessions), along with quilt-making tools ($2--$40) and silk-screened totes ($30--$120). For owner Joelle Hoverson, a former Martha Stewart Living editor, septuagenarian chic is something close to her heart. "One of my grandmas was a big knitter and the other one was a big quilter," she says. As they say, Nana knows best.
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