Meet Team GH: Sara




Meet Sara Honeywell, Children's Sewing Program Coordinator, and we think the first person to host a birthday party at gather here. You might recognize her as a trombone playing member of a local band or two. Perhaps even seen her marching in the Honk! festival. The stars aligned and Sara was able to come aboard this fall. 

When did you start making things? My grandmother taught me how to sew by hand when I was 5 or 6, I would make outfits for my dolls - sometimes just sewing the garment on indefinitely. Luckily for them, I got better. <PREVIEWEND>

What's your favorite thing to make? I really enjoy making scarves out of fabric scraps, so it ends up a functional art piece. Usually in loud colors and patterns...plus you can add embroidery, etc. I will never buy another scarf.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a part of the gather here community? I'm going to mostly be working with small humans, and am really looking forward to helping them bring their ideas to life. Let imaginations run wild, and challenge our skill set!

What's your favorite tool? Seam ripper- because mistakes happen, and then we move forward.

What do you do when you aren't making things? Usually MAKING music. Or MAKING mischief. Or both.

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Meet Team GH: Julie



Julie Vician is gather here's newest assistant manager and we are positive you are going to love getting to know her. She is also a super skilled stitcher - from sewing garments to embroidering the cover art on one of Sarah Jane's patterns, Julie is a whiz with a needle and thread. For more inspiration go check out her Instagram feed where she posts pictures of things she's making or has made.

When did you start making things?
I started out with a Peter Max embroidery kit when I was 6 or 7. Then I had a toy sewing machine that 'stitched' fabric together with glue. I had very well dressed stuffed animals. By middle school I was making my own clothes. I've never NOT been making things. It's as vital to me as food or water. <PREVIEWEND>

What's your favorite thing to make?
I love to make anything that's complicated and detailed. There's no such thing as too many pattern pieces.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a part of the gather here community?
I am really looking forward to all the new sources of inspiration! The streets of Cambridge, new friends and customers, new products and ways of doing things, etc. will all get my creative wheels spinning.

What's your favorite tool?
My favorite tool is my six-inch ruler. I believe that precision is one of the most important aspects of sewing, from cutting out the pattern pieces to adding the final touches. Measure twice, stitch once is a favorite rule of thumb.

What do you do when you aren't making things?
I'm fortunate to have two great kids and a wonderful husband. So, when I'm not stitching or creating, I'm busy making memories with them! I also am a media junkie. I love film, TV and music and usually have one of these playing in the background throughout my day.

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Meet Team GH: Monta


 
Introducing Monta Lertpachin. Monta was Virginia's first ever private lesson back in 2011. She made a tote bag (like hundreds of other have since) and she carries that robot tote bag to this day. A trained and working architect, Monta reminds us that making things is so important. Even when you design structures all day, every day.

When did you start making things?
When I was 10, I was obsessed with saving the environment. So I braided a wreath from dried up bamboo leaves I found in the garden. <PREVIEWEND>

What's your favorite thing to make?
Clothing, because I feel like I'm sticking it to the man when I don't have to buy them.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a part of the gather here community?
Being surrounded by other creative folks! It's infectious and makes you want to make _all_the_things_.

What's your favorite tool?
Rotary cutters... because I like Olfa knives in a parallel universe.

What do you do when you aren't making things?
Complaining about bad architecture, pouring over building codes, sitting in front of a computer making the drawings. Also, epic TV show marathons with the husband.

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Meet Team GH: Susan




Susan Wilson is a stage manager who really likes to make things. A graduate of one of those way smart science schools in the neighborhood, Susan is probably on of the smartest craft consultant you'll ever get advice from. So if you have math questions...you know, she's your gal.

When did you start making things?

I come from a long line of makers, and my mother taught me the joys of crafting pretty much from birth: starting from about my 4th birthday on, all of my birthday parties centered around craft projects (drawing on quilt blocks, painting shirts, constructing flower fairies, marbling paper, etc.). I started making gifts for family members when I was around six, and it's just accelerated from there! <PREVIEWEND>


What's your favorite thing to make?
Wedding/baby/special occasion gifts (especially with lots of hand embroidery): I love using the long amounts of stitching time to think about my relationship with the recipient and invest some tactile good wishes into their new endeavor.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a part of the gather here community?
Being surrounded by talented, passionate people who encourage me to be the most creative version of myself. This community supports inspiration and artistry with such generosity--there is no person too new to making things, no problematic project too irredeemable, no crafting victory too small, and that's a refreshing, invigorating, empowering perspective.

What's your favorite tool?
Seam rippers: they make an otherwise discouraging process of undoing mistakes oddly satisfying (and provide a good way to get rid of any lingering mistake-related frustration).

What do you do when you aren't making things?
I cook up a storm, develop experimental theater productions, tend to a jungle of houseplants, design a few websites here and there, and spend as much time reading outdoors as Boston weather allows.

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Meet Team GH: Marissa


 
We'd like to introduce Marissa Falco, our new Embroidery instructor. And the woman we really hope will teach a piñata workshop next spring. It's really all because Lizzy House suggested we ask Marissa to join our team that we even believed it was possible to have someone who has created so many freakin' awesome works of art be one of our instructors. We are lucky. And so are you.

When did you start making things?
I remember drawing pictures since I was very young, and picking out fabric for dresses my mom sewed for me when I was in preschool. My mom and grandma taught me sewing skills beginning when I was five years old. When I was a teen, I started sewing my own clothes and making jewelry and zines, and as an adult I began knitting and quilting. <PREVIEWEND>

What's your favorite thing to make?
Halloween costumes! I like the opportunity to make something wearable out of unusual materials, and that your costume is only limited by your imagination. Last year I wore a Mt. Rushmore costume I made out of corrugated cardboard.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a part of the gather here community?
I've met so many interesting people while taking classes at gather here, so I'm looking forward to getting a chance to meet and chat with future students. And French knots: I'm looking forward to teaching everyone how to make French knots.

What's your favorite tool?
I love the tool that helps you make bias tape out of a strip of fabric.

What do you do when you aren't making things?
During the weekdays I'm an art director at a publishing company. On the weekends I listen to records, draw things for my zine, drop weird things in the mail, and have adventures around town with my friends.

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Meet Team GH: Emma


We've known Emma for quite awhile. And we've always been impressed with her skills. Don't be intimidated by this fashion maven with an absolutely fabulous ability to create whatever she imagines. She's more than happy to share her process and help you make whatever you can dream up. Images in the photo collage above are from Emma's first fashion show. It's marvelous. <PREVIEWEND>

When did you start making things?

My grandmother taught me to sew when I was six years old. My specialty back then was napkins and pin cushions; basically anything with straight seams. 

What's your favorite thing to make?
Now my favorite things to make are bags and jackets

What's your favorite tool?
My favorite tool is my invisible zipper foot, because it makes the task of putting in an invisible zipper a breeze. 

What do you do when you aren't making things?
But when I'm not making things, which is hardly ever, I like to spend time with my family and my new puppy!

I am very excited to be part of the Gather Here community and to share my creativity with everyone.

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It's time for some introductions, don't you think? Meet Carrie!


Have you met Carrie? Our manager and knitting instructor (winner of the Catnap Dress competition - she made an absolutely gorgeous Cambie) and sometime sewing and crochet instructor, and all around Girl Friday? We asked her some questions so you don't have to! Thank you, Carrie, for joining gather here. We know we will make great things together.

When did you start making things?
In kindergarten when I made myself wigs to wear to school, because my hair just wasn't growing fast enough. <PREVIEWEND>

What's your favorite thing to make?
Garments. I have a bad habit of making my clothes for the next day.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a part of the gather here community?
Helping all the crafters of Cambridge take over the world, one handmade project at a time.

What's your favorite tool?
Snips. They are useful and beautiful and there is always a reason to buy another pair.

What do you do when you aren't making things?
Sleep, eat and make some more things.

Please join us in welcoming Carrie to gather here. She's been with us since July, learning the ropes, but she's been a loyal customer for years. She can answer all your fiber questions as well as direct you to some of the best food in Boston. Who could ask for anything more?



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It's officially Socktober! Kid President said so!



Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, SoulPancake and Kid President want 2 million people (last year they challenged 1 million folks to step up and donate to their neighborhood homeless shelters) to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless. <PREVIEWEND>

gather here is running a "sock" drive to help. Donate your hand-knits for those who could really use them. Socks, scarves, hats, and mittens are all welcome. We recommend a washable fiber so that your donation doesn't end up felting and shrinking when washed/dried. And make your donation in any size because being homeless doesn't have an age limit. Nearly 1.6 million children are homeless in the United States! 

You have until October 31st to drop off your donation. When you make a donation you'll receive a 15% off coupon to use on your next in-store purchase. It's our way of saying "thanks" for being totally awesome. We know you're busy. We know you are bombarded with requests. But we also know you love to make things. And that making things makes the world a little better.

We have no doubt that we can change the world if we do it together. So please spread the word and make something for someone in need. For some sock pattern inspiration check out our Summer of Socks Pinterest board.


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Thanks for everything, Sophie


 

Every once in awhile the stars align and you meet someone that you think is just right. The missing piece of life's puzzle. It's chance. Or kismet. Or maybe just the way our roads were always supposed to be traveled. <PREVIEWEND> We are grateful that Sophie decided to move to Boston after graduating from Marist College in 2012. And how fortunate that her mother (an incredible maker) encouraged her to make things throughout her life. Sophie wandered into gather here and quickly worked her way up to become an essential part of our community. 

But all good things come to an end. And it's time to wish Sophie all the best as she heads to Spain to teach. Travel can be a luxury and it's great that Sophie will get to combine her love of teaching and travel now. And we are positive, given how inspired we were to create gather here while living in Seville, that Sophie will find a maker community to be a part of. Her exceptional knitting skills, dry wit, and commitment to equity will be sorely missed in Cambridge.

 

Thanks for everything, Soph_O_. Have the best adventure and we hope you have plenty of time to make something. Can't wait for our paths to cross again. Fondly, Virginia & Noah


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Boston Strong


One Heart Boston quilt at Gather Here
image above: Alicia Cornwell via flickr

How is it possible that a year has already passed since the tragic events at and following the 2013 Boston Marathon? Time marches on even when it feels like time is standing still. Throughout this past year we have volunteered our time and our creative energy to making things to help strengthen our community. From the "To Boston with Love" flag effort (now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston) to a handcrafted ornament drive for James and Krista last Christmas, we have used our craft powers to good.<PREVIEWEND>

We knew we wanted to pay tribute to all those affected by last year's events in some way. First, we reached out to Alice, president of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, to see if she could lend us six quilts from "Quilts for Boston" - the BMQG charity quilt drive that resulted in over a hundred handmade quilts that were distributed to those affected by the events of last April. We sponsored a couple sew-ins to help piece blocks that were arriving from all over the world and sew backs for the various quilts. I was surprised at how easily the tears flowed when I unpacked the quilts Alice dropped off.

 

But we also wanted to make something. Something that many hands could help with. And something that everyone would immediately recognize as Boston. Using Aaron Bouvier's now iconic illustration, One Heart Boston, which we had embroidered into a flag for the "To Boston with Love" exhibit last April, we created a 6'x7' quilt combining embroidery and sashiko.


Carla mapped out the various stitches to recreate the illustration and we then used sashiko to quilt the white top to a red cotton back using cream pearl cotton. Once quilted, we embroidered the Boston Marathon route through all the layers, using french knots for the mile markers.


We asked a number of folks to come and help us stitch this piece. Because it's the act of creating together that inspires us to continue investing our resources into gather here. Spending hours with publishers, scientists, librarians, graphic designers, and artists to create the final quilt was an incredible way to process so many feelings. And getting to introduce these talented folks to one another was also a bonus.

 


After displaying the One Heart Boston quilt on the eve of the bombing anniversary, Noah and I stood on the sidewalk of Broadway and I whispered, "THIS is so fucking good." Yes, there were tears. It's been awesome to see the photos people have taken of the quilt and of the Quilts for Boston window display . The photographer's reflection in the window while gazing on these tangible objects of love gets me choked up every single time.


We are so lucky to live in such an amazing, resilient city. With so many talented people who are also generous and lovely to boot. We are proud of what we can and will continue to create together. For we are all, Boston Strong.
Visit the shop throughout May 18th to view the Quilts for Boston display.

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