4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
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This venue is closed.
Open since 1988, this green storefront on a quiet block has become a knitting, crochet, and needlepoint staple. Old-fashioned and slightly cluttered, the store is long and narrow, with exposed brick walls. Despite its name, the Woolgathering carries much besides wool: There are cotton, cashmere, and other natural-fiber yarns from well-known brands like Prism, Rowan, and Classic Elite. Needlepoint threads are available in silk, wool, silken wool, and cotton, and needles in metal, plastic, and wood. Among the needlepoint accessories on hand are tote bags, bracelets, and boxes, and there are also needlepoint, bead, and knitting kits, many for kids. Customers—many are young, neighborhood moms—can choose from the store's lending library of a few hundred pattern books and get free help on any project from the craft-obsessed sales associates. There’s also a private, one-hour learn-to-knit class for novices, as well as classes in knitting and needlepoint for left-handers and children.