Maybe this is one of those things you didn’t know your neighborhood needed until it showed up: The Highlandtown Arts District’s newest addition is Baltimore Threadquarters, a fiber arts supply store, craft space and gallery.
Launched by local artists Marlo Jacobson and Allison Fomich, Threadquarters recently reached their $5,000 crowd-sourcing goal via Indiegogo to help fund their start-up. Their official grand opening party is tonight, Friday, March 1, from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the store’s Botteon Building location at 518 S. Conkling St.
Jacobson and Fomich both live in Highlandtown with their husbands and children, who attend Patterson Park Public Charter School. They told the Baltimore Guide that they chose Highlandtown because the neighborhood, as well as Butcher’s Hill and the Patterson Park area in general, has a lot working artists, attracted by the affordable housing and ability to carve out studio space and raise a family.
The store stocks new, vintage and eclectic fiber arts supplies, including needles, yarns, threads, fabrics and spinning tools, and also offers limited space for consignors. Threadquarters will also offer knitting, sewing, feltiing and crocheting classes, starting immediately — their calendar can be found here. Threadquarters' Facebook page can be found here.
The women also promise more community building "yarnbombing," such as the effort (below) this winter at the Frank Zappa memorial across the street from Threadquarters.