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This store is hardly just a yarn store, and certainly not the kind of yarn store you may be used to. Located on the 8th floor in a nondescript building in New York's flower district, Habu Textiles is more like a work room and when you enter, you feel like you've entered the world of some very busy fiber artists (which there are many of working in the back). The floor is covered in small baskets filled with unusual yarns, which are not just meant for knitting ... some are very fine and great for weaving, but with others it's difficult to figure out what exactly you'd make with them, which is what makes it so exciting. I've bought balls of yarn here simply as objects.

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this paper yarn is one of those perfect 'objects'. Though it would probably knit into a great bag.

1 this paper yarn is one of those perfect 'objects'. Though it would probably knit into a great bag.

the 'store'

2 the 'store'

stainless steel yarn. I'd love to crochet a coaster with this

3 stainless steel yarn. I'd love to crochet a coaster with this

would make the softest little stuffed animal

4 would make the softest little stuffed animal

the also sell yarn from other companies, if special enough. This one is so inspiring.

5 the also sell yarn from other companies, if special enough. This one is so inspiring.

The walls are covered in handwoven fabrics from Japan and Laos, which you can buy by the yard (or half) and are surprisingly affordable. This time I just couldn't stop myself from getting a half yard of this handwoven striped fabric of organic natural and indigo dyed cotton. I think I'll make a pillow .... or simply display it with my  'object yarn balls'.

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bolts of handwoven fabric (the striped one is mine)

1 bolts of handwoven fabric (the striped one is mine)

a subtle, so sophisticated shibori

2 a subtle, so sophisticated shibori

would make such beautiful window treatments

3 would make such beautiful window treatments

could just be a wall hanging

4 could just be a wall hanging

I'm obsessed with these fine bags. Netting made with hand spun Kuzu from Laos

5 I'm obsessed with these fine bags. Netting made with hand spun Kuzu from Laos

my fabric again, and an extra special Laos bag

6 my fabric again, and an extra special Laos bag

Comments (4)

  • looks devine!

  • Oh my gosh!!!! I want to go there!!!!

  • Wow! Just noticed that our Kinari yarn is photographed here! Amazing, thank you! Habu Textiles is such a fabulous shop.

  • [...] Another highlight of the day out in New York was hunting down the Habu textiles showroom. I mean *hunting* – if you’re interested, take the address and be prepared to be persistent, because it won’t jump out at you. The building is very non-descript, but if you look behind the security guard you can see Habu listed on the directory, which is your clue that it will in fact be okay if you go into this dark building, up the elevator, then wind around corners. There is a room full of great beauty that awaits you. [...]

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