By Andrea Leonhardt

June 15, 2017, 12:36 pm

 
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Slip Stitch Needlecraft, needlecraft, Brooklyn Small businesses, knitting, crochet, macrame, Claudette Brady, Woodhull Hospital, Bed Stuy, Bedford Stuyvesant

Slip Stich Needlecraft

Bedford Stuyvesant’s only yarn/fabric/supplies shop Slip Stitch Needlecraft Needle & Fiber Arts Boutique re-opened its doors with a fresh look for the summer season and celebrated the joyous occasion by honoring World Wide Knit In Public Day on Saturday. Just like the theme of the event – “Better Living Through Stitching Together” – friends, family and neighbors gathered to put their needles to good use by knitting preemie hats for Woodhull Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Slip Stitch Needlecraft, needlecraft, Brooklyn Small businesses, knitting, crochet, macrame, Claudette Brady, Woodhull Hospital, Bed Stuy, Bedford Stuyvesant

Preemie hats made during World Wide Knit In Public Day

Slip Stitch Needlecraft was conceived by Claudette Brady, co-founder of the Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation. Since her childhood years she enjoyed knitting, embroidery, crochet, sewing and it has never let her go.

Slip Stitch Needlecraft, needlecraft, Brooklyn Small businesses, knitting, crochet, macrame, Claudette Brady, Woodhull Hospital, Bed Stuy, Bedford Stuyvesant

Claudette Brady, Owner of Slip Stich Needlecraft

“It is relaxing and therapeutic for me,” said Claudette.

Claudette went to fashion school and started collecting high quality yarn, which eventually amassed to such enormous amounts that she started to sell them online. When her collection began to take over her house, she decided to find a new home for them and opened up a Slip Stitch Needlecraft, to share them with the Bed Stuy residents and visitors.

Slip Stitch Needlecraft, needlecraft, Brooklyn Small businesses, knitting, crochet, macrame, Claudette Brady, Woodhull Hospital, Bed Stuy, Bedford Stuyvesant

Knitters gathering at Slip Stitch Needlecraft

“My vision is to create a space within the community where people can express themselves through fiber arts,” explained Claudette.

Since its first opening in November 2015, Slip Stitch and Needlecraft has become a solid staple of its neighborhood. Not only is the boutique a wonderful addition to the pool of yarn and fabric stores in New York City, it is also a first for the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood.

Upon entering the neighborhood gem you are met with shelves-upon-shelves of yarns in every weight and color, inviting you to take the needles in your hand and become creative with your needlecraft. And Claudette and her team get creative: they  offer monthly events and classes for every skill level in crochet, knitting, macrame, pattern making and yarn-dyeing. The store even features its own line of hand-dyed wool called ‘Bed Stuy’s Do-Or-Dye’.

Starting July, there will also be a Kids Summer Program. During the 4-week program the future needlecrafters will learn knitting, weaving, crochet, cross stitch and yarn-dyeing.

Macrame class at Slip Stitch Needlecraft with their finished products

 

 


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Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

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