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hydrangea
« on: July 26, 2008 11:19:16 PM »

I'm looking for someplace T-accessible in Boston/nearby where I can get craft felt squares (the acrylic 9"x12" kind). I used to get these quite easily at Joann/Hobby Lobby/etc., but now that I've moved to Boston and am without a car, I'm stumped. Please help!
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whimsytaylor
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2008 09:45:02 AM »

The only advice I can give you is that it will require the T AND taking a cab. 2 summers ago I lived in Cambridge. From Cambridge, it's a fairly short cab ride to either Michael's, ACMoore, or JoAnn's.

I currently live in Stoughton, and there's both Michael's an ACMoore within very close driving distance, and JoAnn's not much further. The commuter rail comes directly into Stoughton, about 2 blocks from where I live.....but alas there's no trains over the weekend. I was thinking you could come here and I will gladly take you to any or all 3 stores, and back to the Stoughton train station.

Trains do run all weekend to Canton and Sharon, though, and they are a short drive from my house.

hmmmmmm, is there a way to contact me directly through craftster??

I'll check back for your reply....maybe we can work something out...I would love to help you and understand the craft store blus in Boston proper.

Let's figure out how I can help you.....

WhimsyT
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008 07:56:19 AM »

The only place I know of is Playtime in Arlington - it might be a bit of a hike, but it's definitely T accessible by the 77 or 79 bus, both of which will leave from a few different Red Line stations (Alewie, Havard, Porter)
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2008 12:27:15 PM »

I just discovered several fabric stores in Boston, as listed on maps.google.com. go there and type in Boston. This brings up a map of Boston. Zoom in. Click on any blue M that designates a T stop. This pops up a window where you can click on the words "search nearby". type fabric in the search box.

Winmill Fabrics is over in the Chinatown area at 111 Chauncy St.
Fabric Place is at 399 Boyloston.
Fabric Corner is at 253 Newbury St.

Hope this helps.

Otherwise, you're going to have to take the T and a cab, or resort to online ordering.
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whimsytaylor
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008 01:23:50 PM »

Here' another option. I read this in another thread in this forum......Boston/Cambridge Fabric Stores...


calicoon suggested Zimman's in Lynn. You can take the Newburyport/Rockford Line Commuter Rail out of North Station, to Lynn. 2/10ths of a mile from the Lynn Station is Zimman's. calicoon says this about Zimman's:
"I know it isn't in Boston or Cambridge, but Lynn is accessible by bus, and by rail (?) There is a great old fabric store there....um...Zinma n's? that my friend and I used to go to when we lived there. I bought some beautiful blue marbled-look cotton for curtains, so it had to have been cheap"



Zimman's Inc
80 Market St
Lynn, MA 01901

(781) 598-9432

http://boston.openguides.org/?Zimman's_Inc

http://www.zimmans.com/index.html



To see all the suggstions for fabric stores in Cambridge that are accessible by T, check out the entire thread:
Craftster Community > CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS > UNITED STATES > Massachusetts > Boston/Cambridge Fabric Stores?

Hope this helps
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blue engine
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2008 01:34:39 PM »

Maybe you've already got your felt by now, but in addition to the fabric stores mentioned above, Pearl Arts and Crafts in Central Square (Cambridge) has craft felt. It's down in the basement, I think you'd turn left at the bottom of the stairs to find it.  Good luck trying to get one of their preciously tatooed love-child employees who seems so embarassed to be found in a "craft" section to help you in any substantive way, but the store is very convenient to the T (red line) and other fun places.
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hydrangea
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2008 07:23:13 AM »

I was away from this board longer than I thought, because of my move, and then my internet installation was delayed! But thank you for all the help. Whimsytaylor especially, thanks for the offer to get together, that's very kind. I have had to hold off on my crafts a little while because of the settling in Sad but maybe soon I can begin my quest to learn the local craft places.
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Sarahland
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008 12:26:08 PM »

I have bought craft felt from both Winmil Fabrics (which someone already mentioned) or Windsor Button - which is by the red, green, orange and silver bus line.
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