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« on: October 14, 2004 11:20:07 AM »

Wow, 2nd post in one day.  I'm doing good.  :-)

So, what do you think is the best fabric store in the area?  I hit up G Street Fabrics (in Rockville) this weekend, and got a whole bunch of stuff for a dress.  I'd actually been there before with my mom, but I hadn't realized we'd driven all the way out to MD!

G Street is awesome -- they have sooooooooooo many different kinds of fabrics and notions.  My only problem is that I am car-less and live on the Hill, and I spent pretty much a whole day out there.....thank god the store is only 2 blocks from the Metro!

Any other places I should take note of?HuhHuhHuh
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2004 02:06:41 PM »

This isn't going to help you find a fabric store that is closer Smiley - a problem that I also have as a District resident, but there is a great quilt fabric store in Annapolis called Cottonseed Glory.  They have a website - http://www.cottonseedglory.com/

It's expensive, but definitely worth the trip for any Metro DC quilters.

Otherwise, G St probably is the way to go...
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2004 01:55:52 PM »

Chickey,

I am new to DC, which metro station is G streets fabric near?  I have gone by car but I was the passenger and not really paying attention.  I am carless as well and would like to go back to G street if I can figure out how to get there.  Also, did you walk from the metro or take a bus?

Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2004 12:05:00 PM »

it's closest to the rockville metro station i think, but i don't know how far. you could probably go to the metro's website and check it out. i don't think it's toooo far...
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2004 08:47:15 AM »

Thanks Flossie!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2004 11:45:39 AM »

Have you tried Vida's fabric on Columbia Road and 16th?  It's located between Adams Morgan and Mt. Pleasant and while it doesn't have the sheer variety of stuff G St. does, it's easier to get to.  For you, just metro to Farragut West then zip up on the 42 bus. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2004 04:11:24 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion of Vida's fabrics, I hadn't heard of them. I will definitely look into it on a warmer day, it's getting too cold for me and it hasn't even started snowing yet!
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2005 05:15:55 AM »

Have you tried eBay?  I'm also car-less in DC.  Getting out to G Street can be time consuming (especially since I can't stop myself from looking and buying!).  If you know what you want and/or don't need to exactly match colors, search the fabric selection on eBay.  I've bought lots of fabric that way (fun pajama flannel prints, bright orange cotton duck for slipcovers, white fleece for tops, etc.).  And, it gets delivered right to your door.  So far, all my purchases have gone smoothly.
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2005 07:50:05 PM »

There's a fabric store on K street between 17th and 18th St., NW in the District. Very close to Farragut West and Farragut North metro stops.

Staff not overly friendly and selection not as extensive as G Street Fabrics but if you live in the heart of DC and without a car, you may want to consider this as an option.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2005 02:36:17 AM »

Hey Craftsters!

Thanks for all the great info -- but I've moved to Seattle!  :-)

Long live G Street!  It was well worth the trip from the Hill -- I spent almost 4 hours there poring over the HUMONGOUS selection.  I've found some great stores in the Seattle area for fabric and sewing, but so far none of them are as awesome as G Street.

Thanks for all the suggestions, everybody -- and happy sewing!
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2005 09:21:02 PM »

So everyone else knows-G-street is actually closest to the White Flint metro stop...i'd feel really sorry for you if you got off at Rockville!!! Though i have to say, i find G-street very overwhelming. and often overly expensive. There's an old 5 and dime type store in Bethesda-Bruce's Variety, and they sell some fabric, of course they're kinda overpriced too, but it is supporting a small old store. And there's a Jo-anne's in College Park. Not metro accesible though. It was funny to hear Cottonseed Glory mentioned. I'm from Annapolis and my mom sews so we used to go there all the time. i feel like i spent part of my life between there and other stores. Cottonseed was always one of my favorites though....they had toys for you to play with while you waited Cheesy But. if you're in town for Cottonseed Glory, there's also a Jo-anne's behind the Annapolis mall. Be sure to say hi to my Mom who works there! Her name is Ginni! Cheesy

Wheew. I'm gonna shut up now. Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2005 06:26:05 PM »

i think the G street in MD is ok,. There is also one in Va in the 7-corners area.  Living in DC it kind of stinks that we have to go out so far.  But G-street is better than Joann's in my opinion -- at least the G-street in 7-corners is better than the Joann's in 7-corners (they are both in the same strip mall out there around the corner from one another).  I have walked past the store in the Foggy Bottom area but it looked pretty small and with limited selection.  I often just resort to buying stuff online since I don't have a car either.
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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2005 07:35:29 AM »

So glad I found this thread!  I'm moving to Georgetown soon for grad school, and am despairing of finding any sorts of fabric stores (or craft-supply stores) within walking (or easy public transport) distance of the neighborhood.  Any suggestions?
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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2005 07:35:11 PM »

There is a G street and Joanns off of Arlington Blvd which isnt that far from Georgetown. I know the bus goes right to them. THere is also a MIchaels in the same shopping center. So you should be able to get your craft supply fix.
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2005 10:03:50 AM »

There is a G street and Joanns off of Arlington Blvd which isnt that far from Georgetown. I know the bus goes right to them. THere is also a MIchaels in the same shopping center. So you should be able to get your craft supply fix.

Wonderful - thanks so much!  Another reason to learn how to use the D.C. bus system...
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2005 10:22:52 AM »

Actually, I feel to put in my plug for Exquisite Fabric--the store on K between 18th and Connecticut.  It's a local institution, used to be in the Watergate complex.  The guy who owns it (Mo) can seem a little gruff, but he's really knowledeable and softens up on further acquaintance.  I buy so much of my fabric from him (it's also super convenient for me because I work in Dupont and can go get into lots of trouble at lunchtime!).  The prices on some stuff are expensive, yes, but most of it is designer fabric.  There are plenty of bargains and there are often sales.

Anyway, in case any one is checking in on this thread, just thought I'd weigh in!

Also, there is a decent Hancock Fabric in Silver Spring/Takoma area at University and New Hampshire (not metro accessible, sadly).  I have a car, but very little free time to go fabric shopping, so Exquisite is great for me.

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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2005 10:53:16 AM »

Wow, that's cool, Lisa.

I walk near there every day but I've never been in, I will have to check it out. I just got a sewing machine through freecycle so I will be buying fabric like a madwoman!

-Sara
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« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2005 11:22:37 AM »

Wow, that's cool, Lisa.

I walk near there every day but I've never been in, I will have to check it out. I just got a sewing machine through freecycle so I will be buying fabric like a madwoman!

-Sara

Plenty of good stuff in the under $10 range (and yummies in the $20 + range!), and soooo handy when you run out of thread (or forgot to buy it in the first place, duh).  And vogue, butterick, and burda patterns, and and and !!  Happy shopping and happy sewing  Grin

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« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2005 08:21:08 AM »

I always go to JoAnns at Beltway Plaza. Ony because I can take the R12 from Deanwood Station straight there. It's very metro accessible if you're not driving. But I think I want to check out the independent stores that were mentioned.
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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2005 11:13:38 PM »

Hi y'all. This won't help those without cars, but FYI for the newbies in town, in case you have a charitable friend or going to be in the area(s) mentioned anyway.....

There are 4 G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Falls Church (7 Corners), Woodbridge (inside Potomac Mills Mall), and Centreville. Those of you who live in DC will probably *never* have to go to Centerville, but hey, fyi! And that one is my favorite one (my parents live out there so I do have to go sometimes) - their fashion fabric and home decor fabric is in *two separate stores* it is so huge. Also, the Woodbridge G Street is in the space where the old Ikea was in the mall, so you can imagine how gigantic the place is. I've spent LOTS of quality time in each one. The Rockville store (the flagship) is actually the smallest by far.

The 7 Corners store is accessible by bus, and like others have said there is Joann's and MIchael's in the same shopping center. Not far away in Bailey's Crossroads (where Rte 7 and Columbia Pike cross) is a AC Moore, which I think is a better craft store than Michael's IMHO. There is also an ACMoore's next door to the Rockville G St.

I've been to lots of little tiny fabric stores here & there but never found the selection or the price range that is truly outstanding, so I am a slave to G Street! If you are TRULY adventurous, or if you're on your way to Potomac Mills, stop in Occoquan. There are some tiny quilt shops there that sell some pretty cool stuff. I got a whole mess of hand-dyed wool from a local fiber artist, gorgeous stuff!

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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2005 07:19:14 PM »

A random note on Joanns for all you fiber-philes out there.  Joanns buys only seconds as far as any "fashion fabric" is concerned, its all stuff that didn't make the cut for smite reason or another.  Usually its so small that most people wouldn't notice. Now as far as I'm concerned, it usually doesn't matter, cause I only buy cheap stuff there and I don't expect it to last forever.  But for projects that I'm really investing time and effort in, I go somewhere else and pay the extra few bucks a yard for my fabrics.  That way, I don't have to worry about crying later because the fibers have started to wear through way before they really should.

Oh, and hollandcox - I completely agree about AC Moore.  I moved out here recently and am so excited to have discovered AC Moore.
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2005 06:15:22 AM »

Coming in really late here, but thought I'd add my .02

G-Street is fantastic, it's nationally known for their fabric and the classes they offer are fun (expensive, but fun).  White Flint is the better metro and the stop puts you right at the corner of the strip mall it's located in (there's also a very good AC Moore with a nice yarn selection - as far as box store yarn selections go).

I've noticed that G-Street prices are about 20% more than what I can find elsewhere (I've bought upholstery stuff as well as fabrics there).  So if you have the time to browse then surf it might be worth it, but if not there are worse ways to spend that 20%.  the quilters fabrics are fantastic, the evening fabrics and bridal fabrics are just sooo nice (just to look at, and at $100 a yard I'm not going to be buying that any time soon, if ever!).

I work (on and off...right now off) at the Greenbelt/College Park Jo-Ann.  We do have a good selection of fabric there.  It's about a mile from the Greenbelt Metro (walkable, but there are buses too).  If you're looking for something fun it's worth checking out.  We have a huge selection of Asian inspired fabrics (the shiny silky stuff) and we're getting more Indian styled fabrics (for saries - ok that's spelt wrong)...mainly because of the area the store is located in.

And please let me plug Zipcar (as I'm a member - but there are other carshares in DC).   It's a great way to get to these places if you aren't a car owner.  You pay by the hour and you don't need insurance or to pay for the gas (it's included).  They're located ALL OVER DC and at many Metro stops.
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« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2006 07:33:36 PM »

u shouid try around Lagley Plaza
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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2006 08:12:20 PM »

Also, there is a decent Hancock Fabric in Silver Spring/Takoma area at University and New Hampshire (not metro accessible, sadly).  I have a car, but very little free time to go fabric shopping, so Exquisite is great for me.

There are several other fabric stores at that crossroads (Uni/New Hampshire) - lots of them Indian, so good sari fabrics, and also African batiks.  Vina Fabrics sells tons of  different kinds of fabric, and they're almost all on 50-60" rolls, so it's more like buying upholstery fabric than buying your typical 45" cotton.
While the metro doesn't go directly there, there are Metro buses from either Takoma or Silver Spring stations, and with the concentration of different stores, it could be a good bet!
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« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2006 11:52:00 AM »

Sarah Fabrics at New Hampshire/193 has some nice stuff too - they are in the section of the shopping center with the Safeway, but on the end near New Hampshire (where Hancocks used to be when it was still Minnesota Fabrics, back in the 80s).  There are several fabric shops next to the Hancocks - one of them is in the basement of a building, you have to ask about it.   And down University near Piney Branch, there are some fabrics in the Maxim grocery store (really), and a little fabric shop next door that has several floors, one with just notions.  I think the #15, 16, 17, and 18 RideOn buses go from Silver Spring or Takoma metro to Langely Park.

And mostly unrelatedly, I've gotten some great sewing books from the Wheaton Book Sale in the basement of Wheaton Regional library, but you'd have to take a bus or something from Wheaton metro to get there.
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« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2007 10:12:06 AM »

I have an online fabric boutique, but i'm in Washington, DC.  You can order online, choose free shipping, and pick up your order in Dupont Circle. 

Hooray!

Email me at rach@swankcreations.com if you have questions.

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« Reply #26 on: August 19, 2007 10:33:31 AM »

Does anyone know the operating hours for Exquisite Fabrics?  I found their website but I'm not sure I want to make the trek only to find them closed...

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« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2007 07:30:51 AM »

i think exquisite fabrics closes at 6.  they probably open at 10.

also, there's a new little craft shop on barracks row/8th street SE.  they sell some cotton fabric.
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« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2007 01:05:26 PM »



I've noticed that G-Street prices are about 20% more than what I can find elsewhere (I've bought upholstery stuff as well as fabrics there).  So if you have the time to browse then surf it might be worth it, but if not there are worse ways to spend that 20%.  the quilters fabrics are fantastic, the evening fabrics and bridal fabrics are just sooo nice (just to look at, and at $100 a yard I'm not going to be buying that any time soon, if ever!).


Often G-Street prices are about 20% more -- but their fabric is at least 50% better in terms of selection and quality.

PLUS they all have a big rummage area, where you can get fabric for $2.97 a yard. Some fabrics are barely worth 5cents a yard. But some fabrics are incredibly nice.

PLUS PLUS they frequently have 25% off coupons on their website.
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