2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Dirty Water Dyeworks


 

'Twas the day before gather here's 4th Annual Holiday Market and the 26 vendors were packing their wares to travel to Somerville's Uniun to share. From 11 AM to 6 PM you can shop, dance, and chow as well as talk with the awesome folks that will be attending one of the last holiday markets of 2014. We hope you enjoy one of our last vendor spotlights: Dirty Water Dyeworks.

In order to learn the story behind Dirty Water Dyeworks, we need to turn the clock back to a time when a young girl named Stephanie discovered her passion for knitting, yarn, fabric and fiber arts. Young Stephanie’s influential aunt and great-aunt fueled her passion by teaching her how to sew and knit<PREVIEWEND>. From that exposure she gained the confidence to tackle new techniques and projects on her own. Somewhere along the way, Stephanie took the plunge into the world of color and dyeing. She started out by dyeing yards of fabric and clothing - everything from underwear to towels. It didn't take long before she started to dye yarn. One of the things Stephanie loves most about dyeing yarn is that the color possibilities are endless. Color is everywhere, and Stephanie says she’s always on the lookout. When she spots something inspiring, she will usually take a picture for future reference. Sometimes when she’s dyeing, she’ll get an idea for a new colorway. “What would happen if I mixed a little of this and a little of that?” she’ll ask herself. She keeps a running list for future experiments. Aside for her gorgeous lines of yarn, Stephanie will also have a variety of knitting kits - cowls, hats, mitts - available on Saturday. These kits include yarn and a pattern - perfect for the knitter on your holiday shopping list. If you can't decide what your knitter wants, she'll also have gift certificates on hand.

For the knitters who want to treat themselves or the shopper looking for the perfect gift for the yarn connoisseur in his/her life, make sure to stop by the Dirty Water Dyeworks booth. Plus lots of other wonderful things from the 26 vendors that will be attending gather here's last big event of 2104. Enjoy a grilled cheese or an amazing latte and get your groove on while weaving with the gather here crafty team. And some lucky person will win a Bernina 215. So join us Saturday for fun times!


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Egg-a-Go-Go


 

For the makers that will be attending Saturday's 4th Annual Holiday Market, these passing days are a blend of excitement (last show of 2014!) and dread (I'm running out of time to "make all the things"). We feel for them as we finish up our own last minute gifts and sew yards and yards of tissue paper garland to decorate The Uniun in Somerville for our last big event of the year. One of our last vendor spotlights features our good friend and a source of never-ending inspiration: Egg-a-go-go.

The year was 2004. Sarah Coyne, a trained illustrator, was invited to participate in a local event called Ladies Night. At the time, she was making cards with a Print Gocco machine (RIP) and hand painted pillows. After that first event, she did as many shows as possible, opened an Etsy shop<PREVIEWEND> and focused on making Making her job. Sarah eventually transitioned to screen printing and brought her watercolor paintings into her product line of distinctive printed shirts and onesies, unique stationery, and super-cute postcard sets. Sarah’s kitchen, which she shares with a husband and their two cat-babies, serves as Egg-A-Go-Go’s headquarters. In that cozy kitchen, Sarah screenprints every t-shirt and romper one at a time, by hand. She paints her watercolors at her dining table and then packages the finished cards at the kitchen island where her supplies are stored. In addition to her Egg-A-Go-Go work, Sarah has started work on a longer term, art and mail-heavy project called Post for the Parks: An examination of our National Parks system and a thank you letter for those who care for them. As the project progresses, Sarah hopes to create some works for sale inspired by the National Parks. She will be posting her paintings and more information online as this project progresses. As for why you should stop by Sarah’s booth this Saturday...Tshirts! Onesies! Stationery! Tea towels! Lots of screen printed goods for you and yours.

See you Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM for shopping, craftivities, music, and food. We know you'll swoon over Egg-a-go-go's beet tea towels and want to pick up lots of last minute holiday gifts from the 26 vendors you'll find at our handmade holiday market. And your entry fee enters you to win a Bernina 215! Plus other cool gifts. 


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Tricopot


We are a couple days away from the 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Market at The Uniun in Somerville! And we have a few more vendor spotlights for you to read. Today's spotlight features: Tricopot.

After 10 years of crafting pottery, Alicia Fessenden was running really low on shelf space, and her friends and family were tired of receiving pottery gifts. Something had to give. And give it did. Tricopot [tree-koh-poh] Designs emerged from Alicia’s over-crowded kitchen<PREVIEWEND>. Tricopot is a combination of the French words for knitting and pottery. Alicia got her start in pottery while attending college in Montreal. She had to learn pottery terminology in French since her professor didn't speak English. Tricopot Designs offers pots that are thrown on a wheel as well as knit and sewn products (think arm warmers, hats, and baby leg warmers) adorned with her porcelain button designs. She works the wheel at Mudflat Studio in Somerville, a pottery studio housed in a beautiful old theater. The rest of the work is finished up at her home studio in Roxbury. Alicia’s favorite glazes are those that contain crystals formed from zinc that develop while the pot is being fired. It's a complicated, time-consuming technique, but Alicia says it’s all worth it when the final product comes out -- the pots have a beautiful, luminous quality. There's no predicting whether the crystals will be big or small, numerous or sparse, but the pots generally look great no matter what. When Alicia is not crafting her works of art, she’s busy crafting young minds in her work as a second grade special education teacher in Lawrence, MA.

Be sure to drop by Tricopot's booth on Saturday as well as the other 26 vendors you'll find at The Uniun. This is the perfect event for all you last minute shoppers. And for all the folks "coming home" for the holidays - we'll be there from 11 AM to 6 PM. And don't forget the raffle for a Bernina 215!



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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Shortcake Scraps



We are less than a week away from the 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Market! We are nervous. And excited. And gosh darn it, we hope you are going to show up and support the 25+ vendors who will be showcasing some amazing products at The Uniun in Somerville on Saturday, December 20th. You know how there are people that you know will always be crafty? Well, today we'd like to introduce you to Shortcake Scraps

A long time ago in a land far, far away (California) there was a vertically challenged high school student who was christened “Shortcake” by a beloved teacher. The moniker stuck. That girl was a younger version of the 4’7” Candice Cruz we at gather here know and love today.<PREVIEWEND> A few years later, motivated by her now brother-in-law’s kind suggestion, Candice decided to take her love for paper crafts and card making up a notch and start her own business. She added “Scraps” to the end of her nickname and ShortcakeScraps was born. Shortcake scraps offers handmade greeting cards for a variety of occasions and holidays, and also accepts special orders for invitations and announcements. Candice is passionate about documenting the memories gathered through life experiences of which we can all relate. Much of this can be detected in Candice’s keen eye for photography and scrapbook layouts, several of which have been published in various magazines and idea books. ShortcakeScraps is headquartered in Candice’s Massachusetts home where you might find her working at a craft-cluttered dining room table in the wee hours of the night while her three year old daughter sleeps. In her spare time, Candice likes to take pictures of everyday life, nature, architecture, and food. She also loves to sew and knit. Don’t forget to check out Candice’s card-making articles for the DIY website, About.com.

Make sure to pick up some last minute holiday cards at the Shortcake Scraps booth and then check out all the other vendors this Saturday! Just by joining us you'll be entered to win a Bernina 215 as well as other awesome raffle prizes! See you Saturday!


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Katrinkles



When you open a stitch lounge all kinds of folks walk through your doors. Including fine jewelers like Heather Wang who recognized immediately that we needed to know, Katy. In today's 2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight, we introduce the powerhouse behind Katrinkles. We hope you'll join us for the 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Market at The Uniun in Somerville on Saturday, December 20th.

Some folks are crafty, some folks haven’t discovered they are crafty, some folks exude craftiness. Katy Westcott is definitely one who exudes the craftiness. She designs jewelry, knows all about metalsmithing, used to knit a sweater every single month, and spins wool into yarn.<PREVIEWEND> That is not all. She is also an expert laser cutter, cutting bamboo plywood into wearable adornments, buttons, and knitting needle gauges under the business name, Katrinkles. After graduating from RISD in 2002 with a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Katy took a laser cutting workshop at AS220 and immediately started laser cutting buttons for her own sweaters. After coercion from friends and family who also wanted her buttons, she started vending at local fiber related shows and eventually opened an Etsy shop. Katy’s most popular product has been her knitting needle gauges—laser cutting is an ideal way to precisely cut holes with laser etched patterns. The Katrinkles studio (as well as Katy’s apartment) is located in a live/work loft space in downtown Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Katy is enamored with the rich textile and jewelry history of her neighborhood. Slater Mill, an important textile mill and one of the first in this country, is located about a block away from where she lives and works. Each time she walks her dog along the Blackstone River on the grounds of the Slater Mill Museum, she feels really moved by how many people before her were making things in the very same neighborhood.

Drop by Katy's booth on Saturday as well as the other 25+ vendors that will be there for what we know will be an awesome day of shopping and meeting and greeting. Plus get your groove and pick up tasty treats. Don't forget you'll be entered in a super raffle, too! You might go home with a Bernina 215 this year!


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Christina Kosinski



Today we are featuring a customer and super maker, Christina Kosinski! What we've loved about creating gather here is meeting all kinds of crafty folks that inspire us with what appears to be endless amounts of energy and creativity. At the heart of our mission is to create ways to promote and support our local makers. We're thrilled to be hosting the 25+ vendors attending our 4th Annual Holiday Market at The Uniun in Union Square, Somerville on Saturday, December 20th.

Rhode Island born Christina Kosinski fell in love with ceramics while she was studying textile design at the University of Georgia. You might be thinking, “Hmm...ceramics...fabric design...pretty different process...” and you’d be right! Christina really appreciated how very different the ceramics process was when compared to her work designing fabric<PREVIEWEND>. With ceramics, she was free from the fear of ruining yards of fabric with one misplaced color, a stray screen, or bleach! After graduating, she headed straight back to New England and brought her knitting skills, textile design prowess, and ceramics talents with her. Christina describes her work as fun to use, one-of-a-kind, exciting, shenanigan-producing, and ecofriendly. She sources her yarns carefully from companies that employ ethical business practices, reuses materials whenever she can, and all of her printed labels are made in Providence using eco-friendly paper. In fact, Christina dreams of one day opening her own sustainable ceramics studio where she would recycle the water used during the ceramics process, grow a rooftop garden, install solar panels, and maybe even utilize a wind turbine. For now, Christina works out of a communal ceramics space in the basement of an old mill building in Needham. Here are just a few lovelies you can expect to see when you visit Christina’s booth: 1) Handmade planters with adorable succulents and air plants, 2) Fair trade, organic, hand-dyed, handmade winter hats, and 3) Brand new work never before seen!

We know you will want to try out everything Christina Kosinski has whipped up as well as check out the other 25+ makers that will be attending this year's Handmade Holiday event. With music, food, and a killer craftivity with gather here, we know that this is going to be an event you won't want to miss! PLUS your admission fee enters you into our RAFFLE! You could win a Bernina 215. Yes. You.


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Little Hop Shop



Have you been enjoying the Vendor Spotlights that Laura aka Pansy Maiden has been crafting for the blog? We've loved learning what inspires these makers and shakers. These little previews of some of the vendors attending our 4th Annual Holiday Market at The Uniun in Union Square, Somerville are the perfect teaser so you can see what you might find on Saturday, December 20th. Today we feature: The Little Hop Shop.

What does a beer brewer do with all of her leftover hops? Well, if your name is Cayla, you recycle them, create your own brand of bath and home products, and name it The Little Hop Shop. Cayla began by making candles and soaps out of hops (and all-natural soy wax and oils),<PREVIEWEND> and eventually branched out to include beard oils, mustache waxes, and body scrubs. As more and more friends and family requested products, she realized the vast potential of hops and decided to open an Etsy store to sell commercially. We are willing to bet that a great number of you appreciate the aroma and flavor of hops in beer, but did you know that hops also naturally fight bacteria, help cure blemishes and ingrown hairs, and soften rough skin. Hops are traditionally used as a sleeping aid as well, so they have fantastic aromatherapy properties. There are over 50 different types of hop varietals, and each has a unique and powerful aroma and flavor. Cayla takes care to match each varietal with essential oils that accentuate the unique fragrances. So, in case you need any other reasons (besides one—hops...) to stop by The Little Hop Shop’s booth, here are three: 1) Find the perfect gift: Hop Shop products are a unique gift for absolutely anyone who appreciates beer (or just likes the smell of hops!) 2) Try something new: Hop products aren’t something that are kicking around your average store. 3) Support Local: All items are handcrafted right in Cambridge, MA, and contain only natural and organic oils and waxes. Plus, Cayla sources all ingredients from humane and environmentally sound wholesalers, and never uses potentially negative products such as palm oil.

We know you will want to try out everything The Little Hop Shop has whipped up as well as the other 25+ makers that will be attending this year's Handmade Holiday event. With music, food, and a killer craftivity with gather here, we know that this is going to be an event you won't want to miss! PLUS your admission fee enters you into our RAFFLE! You could win a Bernina 215. Yes. You.


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Boston General Store



Have you been enjoying the Vendor Spotlights that Laura aka Pansy Maiden has been crafting for the blog? We've loved learning what inspires these makers and shakers. These little previews of some of the vendors attending our 4th Annual Holiday Market at The Uniun in Union Square, Somerville are the perfect teaser so you can see what you might find on Saturday, December 20th. Today we feature: The Boston General Store!

April Gabriel, the entrepreneur behind Boston General Store, is motivated by the idea that well-made products really can last a lifetime and become stories in themselves. “Boston General Store has been slowly forming in my mind since I began spending summers with my Nanna in the Berkshires as a child.<PREVIEWEND> Most of my memories revolve around the two of us spending our time out in the garden wading our way through thorny bushes of raspberries. Our gear was old long-sleeved chambrays with mason jars tied around our waists. Every year we used the same jars, ropes, and shirts. Later we would move into the kitchen and make unbelievable raspberry jam. She would use the same equipment every time, and seeing those pots and pans became just as much a part of my memory as the raspberries themselves,” April recounts. Boston General Store’s mission is to provide people with really great products that will last a lifetime and become part of creating happy memories like the memories she has of time spent with her Nanna. April’s operation, currently based in her 300 year old home in Dedham, stocks artisan brands such as Peg & Awl, Brooklyn Slate Co, and MAAK Lab.

We know you are going to wild about Boston General Store and the other 25+ makers that will be attending this year's Handmade Holiday event. With music, food, and a killer craftivity with gather here, we know that this is going to be an event you won't want to miss!


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Loomination


Over the course of the next two weeks, we will present to you vendor spotlights meant to introduce you to just a few of the magnificent Makers who will be vending at our 4th annual Handmade Holiday from 11am - 6pm on Saturday, December 20th at The Uniun, smack-dab in the heart of Somerville’s Union Square. Next up: Loomination.

Leanne Tremblay of Loomination never set out to become a full-time artisan. It just kinda happened. Leanne studied textile design and fiber art as an undergrad, but went on to grad school to pursue a career in museum studies and nonprofit administration. After buying her first loom, she started selling her work in the Boston area. <PREVIEWEND>She quickly realized weaving was what she ultimately wanted to do with her time and began shaping her studio practice into a business. These days Leanne designs and creates her inspired line of handwoven wearables and home decor out of her live/work studio loft in Lowell, MA. She describes herself as being “obsessed by color.” If a color combination is bright and unusual, she’ll use it! Using mostly natural fibers such as cotton, wool, and silk, her Holiday 2014 collection includes infinity scarves (priced to gift and great for accessorizing your holiday style!), classic scarves, menswear scarves, and small accessories such as organic lavender sachets (which, by the way, make pleasant stocking stuffers). In 2015, Leanne will be expanding her line of home decor offering with even more rugs, table runners, and pillows while also offering blankets and tea towels. Lots of new designs in the works for Loomination, most inspired by vintage textiles.

Be sure to stop by Loomination’s booth as well as the booths of the other 25+ Makers we will be hosting at this year’s Handmade Holiday! Bring a friend, an empty stomach (there will be food vendors!), and your dancing shoes (there will be a DJ!). See you there!


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2014 Holiday Market Vendor Spotlight: Lush Beads Industrial


Over the course of the next two weeks, we will present to you vendors spotlights meant to introduce you to just a few of the magnificent Makers who will be vending at our 4th annual Handmade Holiday from 11am - 6pm on Saturday, December 20th at The Uniun, smack-dab in the heart of Somerville’s Union Square. Next up: Lush Beads Industrial.

Can I get a “what what” from all the self-proclaimed crafty computer nerds out there? (We know there are a lot of you!) May we present an artist from your own tribe: Liz Stewart of Lush Beads Industrial. After years of working in technology, Liz took up beading as a hobby in 2000.<PREVIEWEND> Four years later, she opened Lush Beads, a full-service beading supply store where she sold beads and supplies, taught classes, repaired broken treasures, and designed and sold her own line of jewelry. About 4 years ago she gained unexpected inspiration from industrial hardware and antiquated computer parts. Liz began incorporating these “spare parts” in her designs. This experimentation lead to her new line of utilitarian necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. After almost 10 years in business, she closed her bead store so that she could concentrate on her own jewelry line. In addition to her craftwork, she also works part-time in Arts Marketing for the City of Lowell.

Be sure to stop by Lush Beads Industrial’s booth as well as the booths of the other 25+ Makers we will be hosting at this year’s Handmade Holiday! Bring a friend, an empty stomach (there will be food vendors!), and your dancing shoes (there will be a DJ!). See you there!


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