About Rachel

Rachel Low is the owner of Pins & Needles - a place to sew, shop and create. Overlooking a fashionable stretch of Lexington Avenue on the upper east side of Manhattan, Pins & Needles features a modern collection of fabrics, notions and modern crafting supplies. Rachel also offers private and group classes that has instantly become a local favorite for creative expression and modern crafting. The bright and stylish boutique is heavily influenced by the places she has traveled abroad. Flea market finds, Japanese fabric, on-line design discoveries, craft and fabric shows all set the creative tone.

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girl’s guide to diy fashion mini book blog tour…

We have been so GRATEFUL for the amazing response that Girl’s Guide To DIY Fashion has received. We were thrilled when three of our favorite blogs agreed to participate in the a “mini” book blog tour this week…it starts tomorrow! Each of these fabulously “creative” and “inspiring” blogs will be covering the book on their […]

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Girl’s Guide To DIY Fashion…behind the scenes

It has been so exciting to see and hear all the positive responses to my new book, Girl’s Guide To DIY Fashion…in fact it has been pretty thrilling and amazing!! We have been getting comments like…”it’s such an inviting book“, “I want to make every outfit“, “can’t decide which project to do first“, “this is the […]

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may 2nd DIY & book party…

Pins & Needles is having a party and not any “party” a DIY & Book Party! On Saturday, May 2nd (please note that the date has changed from 4/18) come and help us celebrate the launch of Pins & Needles’ owner, Rachel Low’s first book – – Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion! Stop by the […]

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Girl’s Guide To DIY Fashion…

My book is finally coming out this week – – I have been on ‘pins & needles’ since I handed in my last bit of edits to the publisher many months back. A year ago now I was finishing up all the preparation for the how-to shots, collecting inspiration for the photo shoot and more…it was definitely […]

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pig and bunny pillow DIY…

A few months back, we were asked to host a birthday party for a student of ours and we had one particular request…the birthday girl LOVED pigs and wanted the party project to be something with a pig. The P&N team was up for the challenge and designed this adorable “Pig Pillow” exclusively for the […]

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bunny candy bags diy…

We may just be in the middle of March…but Easter is just a few weeks away so we wanted to get some Easter Holiday inspiration going and share one our favorite Easter DIYs – – these adorable bunny candy bags! Not only can they hold big bright jelly beans and other Easter candy, they double as […]

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a sneak peak at my book…GIRL’S GUIDE TO DIY FASHION!

I am filled with so much EXCITEMENT that my book, A GIRL’S GUIDE TO DIY FASHION: Design and Sew 5 Complete Outfits will be available in three weeks!!! WOW! I cannot believe it! BUT you can PRE-ORDER your copy now through Pins & Needles (see button at bottom of post) or on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or directly […]

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Bow Clutch DIY…

Not only are “BOWS” trendy in fashion, they are also a favorite at Pins & Needles! From using it as an applique on a sweatshirt to adding one as a finishing touch to a purse to stitching a giant one onto the front of a pillow (which one of students just did this week) – […]

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love is in the air…

LOVE IS IN THE AIR at Pins & Needles…the team has been busy stitching and crafting away getting ready for Valentine’s Day! We just had our annual “Kids Hearts & Crafts Workshop” this past weekend which was not without lots of Valentine’s Day creativity and fun… One of the projects we are most excited about […]

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a little crafting fun for valentine’s day…

The P&N team has been busy getting ready for our annual Kids Hearts & Crafts Workshop!! We have created some new ways to say BE MY VALENTINE or I LOVE YOU! From hand-made Valentines made with bold and colorful papers, felt appliqués, stickers and more …. To adorable fortune cookies made of our favorite colored […]