Sharing the Knowledge: Introducing Video Tutorials by gather here

As 2014 was winding down we looked back at the last couple of years and assessed how we were meeting our mission. One of the founding ideas behind gather here has been "share all the knowledge" and with a class schedule that we think is stellar we think we've done a fine job at sharing our craft within Greater Boston. But we wanted to do even more. Combining our background in film/television and our love of craft, we decided the next step for gather here would be the launch of video tutorials. We compiled a list of the techniques we are most often asked about in the store, via email, and in our classes and mapped out a plan to launch a new tutorial each month. 


We hired Ryan McCoy Johnson, the filmmaker behind our last two videos to shoot and edit the series. And we asked our team to share their skills with all of you. Maritza Soto was a natural on camera. She took direction and paid close attention to exactly how she did each step on camera so she could repeat those steps when necessary. And she was a great sport when Virginia demanded we do reshoots for the first tutorial. We even learned the importance of story boards, even though as film crew members we should already know better!

Here's our first tutorial: How to Attach a Binding to a Quilt featuring Maritza Soto. We hope you find the tutorial informative and that it makes your next quilt project just a little bit easier.

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12 Days of Making: On Day 12 there was wine

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Heather Lins' 12 month stitch-it-yourself Gemstones Geometry Calendar

And we stitched it together while sitting in front of the fire, surrounded by helpful cats. Enjoying some Vin Chaud. If you don't have a calendar to stitch today, you should make this mulled wine that reminds us of Christmas in Paris. Because it's officially winter. And we are now officially back to work.<PREVIEWEND>


2 bottles of red wine (preferably Beaujolais)1 cup cassis1 tbs orange zest1 tbs lemon zest2 cinnamon sticks (of average size)5 cardamom pods5 whole cloves6 allspice berries1 tsp ground nutmeg


  • Pour the Beaujolais and cassis in a large pot.
  • Add zest and sachet of spices.
  • Heat mixture until it begins to simmer.
  • Lower heat and steep for 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm (obviously) and garnish with orange or lemon slices.

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12 Days of Making: On Day 11 we splurged

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

11 yards of Merchant and Mills Linen in Silt Grey.

For a new duvet cover and matching pillowcases. It's been on our list for four years and finally, here we are making them! With button closures to boot! And matching pillow cases. This is my favorite pillowcase tutorial - 30 minutes and you have some beautiful pillowcases.

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12 Days of Making: On Day 10 there was 10-ply

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Manos Maxima Yarn. A worsted/10 ply yarn to knit a Olga Buraya-Kefelian's Roku hat. We cast on 96 stitches each and used the long tail tubular cast on as instructed. Each of us anxious to make the perfectly ribbed beanie. Virginia's with a pom-pom, Noah's without. (We know, Maxima isn't actually a 10-ply yarn but we were reaching...)<PREVIEWEND>

Don't you just love this hat? Everyone make one. 

image above by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

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12 Days of Making: On Day 9 we hooked

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:


9 Crochet Hooks all bundled in the Addi Colours Crochet Hook Set

And we made the Cats of Gather Here a rainbow of crochet mousies in Cascade Fingering. Stuffed with catnip that has slowly overtaken our little urban garden. 

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12 Days of Making: On Day 8 there were 8 prints

On the 8th Day of Making, my true love gave to me:

8 prints from Birch Fabrics newest collection of Charley Harper prints: Nurture in 100% organic cotton KNIT! With 2 1/2 yard cuts of 8 beautiful prints swirling around in our washing machine and a copy of Deer & Doe's Plantain printed and taped together, there will be 8 long sleeve t-shirts with swingy hems in Virginia's 2015 handmade wardrobe in an afternoon spent with her Bernina serger. 

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12 Days of Making: On Day 7 Double Gauze

On the 7th Day of Making, my true love gave to me:

7 super-soft coordinating prints of double gauze to whip into handkerchiefs. Because runny noses should be pampered when there's dry, bitter-cold air swirling around. The double gauze hankies were the idea of one of our customers who dropped in to pick up last minute gift materials. We thought it was genius.<PREVIEWEND>

We cut out 18" x 18" squares in each print and then ran them through the Bernina 800 DL serger for a simple rolled hem. Less than an hour later and we had SEVEN beautiful hankies to ring in 2015 with. Happy New Year! Hope you pepper 2015 with lots of simple and satisfying projects like this one.

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12 Days of Making: On Day 6 we picked up needles

On the 6th Day of Making, my true love gave to me:


Size 6 Addi Rockets to knit up a pair of striped Swans Island American Made rambouillet and alpaca worsted for boot-wearing weather. Because somehow Noah and Virginia committed to another film that will kick off filming in February. Quick and warm, these socks are exactly what our toes need.<PREVIEWEND>

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12 Days of Making: Day 5 is all about the DPN

On the 5th Day of Making, my true love gave to me: 

size 1 bamboo double points - they come in packs of 5. And are just what's required to knit up a pair of Saartje's bootees. Because there are some things that are just easier to make with DPNs. It's not often that we will say such a thing since we love to our 40" cables.<PREVIEWEND>  But for wee Alegria...

for a summer 2015 baby. That we are not allowed to breathe a word about but that we are so very excited to welcome into the world that Virginia has started making baby things. All the baby things.

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12 Days of Making: On Day 4 we got inspired

On the 4th Day of Making, my true love gave to me:


a subscription to pom pom quarterly.

Over the course of 2014 we made some lovely pieces from the pages of this quarterly. And it's always lovely to flip through the pages and dream of all the things we could make. Noah thought it was important to remind people that it's not just the hustle of making that is important but rather the mulling over what could be made and then settling down and making all the things.<PREVIEWEND> The planning, the realization, and the completion are all part of the enjoyment of making.


Brill from Issue 8 in Rylie


Hierro from Issue 6 in Tosh Vintage

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