Sep-Jul: Mon, noon-6pm; Tue-Thu, 11:30am-7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; Aug: Tue-Thu, 11:30am-7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; Mon, closed
2, 3 at Grand Army Plaza
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Katherine Ridel worked as a textile designer for more than twenty years before launching Fiber Notion, first as a Website in 2007 and then as a studio and shop for fashion crafts in 2008. The narrow store with clean white walls is easy to overlook, but it holds a surprising array of innovative, high-quality items: There are "charm packs," or color-coordinated swatches of repurposed trend-forecasting fabrics; Japanese papers and linen tape; handmade beads and porcelain buttons; and a carefully chosen selection of cotton, wool, and silk fabrics in jacquards and novelty patterns from around the world. In the back is the fiber room containing felt, mill-end yarn, and various crafting tools like plastic cording and felting needles. The store hosts fee-based individual sewing lessons and classes limited to four students—often in nostalgic, retro arts, from knitting and crochet to sock puppetry and wrapped fiber beading.