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gather here is a fabric, yarn, and fibers store offering classes, an inspirational work space, and knowledgeable instructors. We aim to provide a creative, fun, inspiring environment for the maker in everyone.
We are Cambridge's first stitch lounge with machines, supplies, tables and most importantly, space, for the maker to create.
What's a stitch lounge you ask? Sewing lounges have been popping up all over the country (even the world!) and provide people with a space to make something without having to purchase expensive equipment or make room in their homes to craft. It's also a place where people can meet others who share a common interest (or two). It's a gathering space to come create, support, and learn from each other.
gather here also offers classes in sewing (beginner to advanced), knitting (beginner to intermediate), crochet, and hand embroidery. And there are plenty of workshops that cover the spectrum of DIY crafts like block printing, repurposing "stuff" and whatever else we/you/us wants to learn/do!
gather here has many people to thank for getting the concept off the ground but here's the core crew behind the stitch lounge.
Virginia B. Johnson began dreaming of gather here
in 2008, but was always very busy with her day-job, costume designing and supervising for the stage and screen. For her day-job, she has costumed students of the theatre as well as award-winning actors. Virginia has been sewing as long as she can remember having learned the art from her grandmother and mother. She taught costume design, construction, and fashion history at Tufts University for seven years and has continued teaching young adults how to make clothing and express their personal style. Virginia is a collector of vintage buttons and a clothes horse, she has too many not-yet-completed knitting projects that she stashes in baskets and bags all over her home, and she wishes she wasn't so square because she'd give more framed Subversive Stitch gifts to family members instead of just dreaming about doing it. Virginia lives a parallel life in the television and film industry.
Joe Barillaro Joe is a scenic artist for the film and television industry as well as a fine artist in his spare time. He drew a really awesome picture of a dog in a graveyard for Halloween back in 2006 and it adorned the back of Noah's old school brick phone. It's one of Virginia's most treasured pieces of art. We knew from the get-go that Joe had to be a part of gather here. And we're so glad he thinks we're hip enough to associate with. Joe's based in Somerville and you may have seen some of his art around Greater Boston. To see more of Joe's work visit his website.
Noah Dubreuil is Virginia's partner in crime (not real crime, but you know, life). Noah is a props assistant and on-set dresser for film and television (he just started filming (yet another) little (big) feature film!. He's also a computer whiz and handles our taxes. You can find Noah behind the counter pretty much every Sunday cutting fabric, assisting with yarn selection and just being swell. He has a gorgeous Cat Nap Negroni shirt. Noah spends his free time playing pinball and learning to needle felt. Noah's Canadian.
Sammy Berna, Maggie Brown, Laura Collins, Sarah Coyne, Stacie Dolin, Carla Goodwin, Jen Gubicza, Monta Lertpachin, and Maritza Soto make up our crafty genius team. Each is versed in multiple crafts and are artists in their own right. Sammy returns as one of beginning and intermediate sewing instructors. We are absolutely over the moon that she is teaching at the shop again. Maggie is a jane-of-all-trades. She is probably more enthusiastic than anyone's mother about their project! Laura or Pansy Maiden will teach you how to make all the bags. Her patience and experience will see you through your very first tote. Sarah or Egg-a-Go-Go teaches screen printing in our simple but awesome screen printing kitchen. We are thrilled to now be able to offer this craft! Stacie aka NJ Stacie is a book binder, spinner, knitter, crocheter, stitcher, paper cutter, and MAKER. Carla is a graduate of Mass Art, she is an amazing artist combining embroidery and illustration in her work. Carla is at the helm of Kids are Alright program. Jen is the mastermind behind Zooguu. She teaches toy making workshops each month and manages her own booming small business. Monta is a maker of things but moonlights as an architect. She was the first person Virginia gave a private lesson to in 2011. Maritza is a quilting instructor. Mother of two, maker of all things and funny to boot. Definitely check out Maritza's website to see what incredible things she is making.
Carrie Adams is our store managers. Carrie has her Masters in Library Science and a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry. She is an avid stitcher working in fabric and yarn. Carrie is our primary knitting instructor and our sewing class pinch hitter. We are thrilled that Carrie left her exciting position at an awarding winning restaurant to come make gather here an even better place.
Friends - you really can't build a community without the help of your friends. We are grateful to so many local makers and shakers for sharing their expertise and time with us. Check out a full list of the people we think are Greater Boston arts & crafts superstars on our FRIENDS page.