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After five years on the corner of Broadway & Lee, we are ready to move Cambridge's first stitch lounge to a bigger and better location.
After five years on the corner of Broadway & Lee, we are ready to move Cambridge's first stitch lounge to a bigger and better location.
After five years on the corner of Broadway & Lee, we are ready to move Cambridge's first stitch lounge to a bigger and better location.
640 backers pledged $50,791 to help bring this project to life.

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We created gather here with Virginia's savings account back in 2010. That small pot of money was enough to lease a 1,200 square foot space on Broadway. Within a year we would expand to another floor, doubling our maker space and inventory. The workshop spaces have been used to teach over three thousand people how to sew, knit, crochet, and embroider in nearly five years. But after the building sold in 2014, we knew we needed to find a better place to call home.

Inman Square Supermarket
Inman Square Supermarket

In the spring of 2015 we took a chance on a storefront with "great bones" and in a wonderful location right in the heart of Inman Square. After many stumbling blocks (most notably, no contractors available within our budget) we finally bit the bullet and decided to project manage the build-out of the new location ourselves. It's been a challenge. Not only because there's an element of herding cats to managing such a massive project but so much of our heart and bank accounts are invested in the success of making this gather here's new home. (On a personal note, Noah and Virginia will celebrate 15 years of marriage in February if this project doesn't cause them to permanently separate.)

After some sweeping
After some sweeping

Why do we need you? Because without you we wouldn't have made it this far. YOU are the reason we even believed we could successfully run a 2,400 square foot stitch lounge for four years. And well, as you can see in the video, 1343 Cambridge Street is a bit of a disaster zone. From the roof to the basement, everything needs serious TLC. We're even ripping out the front of the building and replacing it with something beautiful. With the help of the building owner and the City of Cambridge Redevelopment Program, we have some resources but it won't be enough if we truly want to create something awesome that you will want to visit all the time and make all the things. From light fixtures to shelving, you can expect the unexpected. We promise to keep the industrial bones of this space visible because the intersection of fiber and industry are at the heart of New England.

New and improved floor and framing
New and improved floor and framing

We've signed a 10 year lease because we are committed to making Cambridge gather here's home. We want to make our permanent move in January 2016 just like we moved into our first location. Hopefully with less snow. This fundraising effort will help us make necessary renovations and create a space we can all be proud of in Inman Square. We have set a minimum goal that will get us to the minimum of where the building needs to be to move. We do, however, hope to meet that goal early and with your help to surpass it. Additional operating capital will help us keep our current location operating smoothly while investing our time and energy heavily into the renovation and move. Plus your contribution helps to provide security and stability for our dedicated staff. We anticipate there will be changes along the way, all additional assistance can only help us navigate those surprises, which we realize are inevitable.

I Helped Gather Here Move!
I Helped Gather Here Move!

For those of you that know Virginia and Noah, you know that it is humbling to ask for help. We're handy and creative and we know how to stretch our resources. But this project is bigger than the two of us. Like gather here has become bigger than the little knitting group Virginia imagined would come and stitch on Thursday night's when she was daydreaming about one day opening a stitch lounge. gather here is part of the fabric of Greater Boston's creative community. And we would be honored to have your support.

Maritza Soto's Village Quilt
Maritza Soto's Village Quilt

A huge thank you to Ryan McCoy Johnson for filming and editing our video. He's been an integral part of our journey and we think the world of him.

Risks and challenges

Owning a small business is risky business. There are box stores and online stores to compete with. But we weathered the Great Recession and made a niche for ourselves in the creative community.

Right now the greatest risk is we won't finish before gather here's current lease runs out. The bottom line is we have to do this. We have to move and we believe in gather here's future. We can't do that in the space as it is since it's still not quite the space any of us want to call home (yet). There is nothing that motivates us more than thinking of shuttering gather here. Rest assured that isn't an option.

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    Every dollar helps! If you can help us with a pledge of $5, we will love you forever! In return you can expect an email thank you for your help and our public thanks on social media. Plus we will have a donors list on our website that you will find your name on.

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    A tattoo. A temporary one.
    Everyone knows that "Makers Gonna Make". It's in our nature. So wear it on your sleeve or rather, your arm/leg/hand/neck. Artwork by Lowell-based artist, Eling Chang aka Migration Goods

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    The greatest key chain ever. The MAKER keychain.

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    Sometimes you want it to be permanent. Mini-print of "Makers Gonna Make" for you to frame or just prop on your desk. Because yo, can't stop this. Artwork by Lowell-based artist, Eling Chang aka Migration Goods

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    An "I HELPED GATHER HERE MOVE" knitting needle gauge. Because why not shout it out to all your knitting friends that you played an integral part in the success of your LYS!

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    We all love a project bag. For your paper-piecing. Your embroidered hankies. And those socks you promised your partner you would finish this year.

    Our hand-printed "Makers Gonna Make" project bag. 100% organic cotton drawstring bag, printed by JP-based artist Sarah Coyne aka egg-a-go-go, artwork by Lowell-based artist Eling Chang aka Migration Goods.

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    The tote bag that rules them all. "I Helped Move gather here!" Artwork by JP-based artist, Sarah Coyne aka as egg-a-go-go. 100% organic cotton tote bag by Ecobags.

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    GOLDEN TICKET! Pre-opening party. Before our grand opening on February 20th, we'll be hosting a Friday night crafts and cocktails event. You'll have the opportunity to join us for make and take crafting.

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    You want another t-shirt. Your choice - make or die, craft or die, stitch or die, knit or die! For the hardcore crafter.

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    We are painting another mural in the new space! And you can be in it because hey, YOU are the people in our neighborhood. And your name will be in the mural too. That's practically forever.

    Plus you'll also receive a "I HELPED GATHER HERE MOVE" tote bag. And a gh tape measure, and awesome key chain, temporary tattoo. AND our public thanks on social media. Plus we will have a donors list on our website that you will find your name on.

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    SILVER TICKET! You didn't realize that Golden Tickets went so fast. But we love to throw a party and we really want you to join us. Pay a little extra but come to the pre-opening party!

    Pre-opening party. Before our grand opening on February 20th, we'll be hosting a Friday night crafts and cocktails event. You'll have the opportunity to join us for make and take crafting.

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    18 hours of studio time which would be $180 if you booked each hour individually. Huge savings. Huge making opportunity. Because our house is your house.

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    You missed Day One's opportunity to be "immortalized" in the mural - it was snatched up in the first 12 hours. Here's the Day Two opportunity for a few more dollars.

    We are painting another mural in the new space! And you can be in it because hey, YOU are the people in our neighborhood. And your name will be in the mural too. That's practically forever.

    Plus you'll also receive a "I HELPED GATHER HERE MOVE" tote bag. And a gh tape measure, and awesome key chain, temporary tattoo. AND our public thanks on social media. Plus we will have a donors list on our website that you will find your name on.

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    GOLDEN TICKET PLUS! You're invited to our pre-opening crafts and cocktails party. AND you'll receive a "I HELPED GATHER HERE MOVE" tote bag.

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    Sock of the Month Club. We'll send you a different custom color and fiber sock yarn and a suggested pattern each month for four months!

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    Fat Quarter Bundle of the Month Club! We'll send you a limited edition fq bundle of eighteen fabrics that we've selected so you end up with a rainbow in four months. A suggested pattern will also be included so you can start making!

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    Liberty of London Tana Lawn Fat Eighth Bundle of the Month Club! You will receive 8 fat eighths of Tana Lawn for 4 months! Seasonal, limited edition, and traditional prints.

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    Shawl of the Month Club. We'll send you a different custom color and fiber shawl yarn and a suggested pattern each month for four months!

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    Custom fit pattern drafting lesson with Virginia. You'll have a three hour private lesson and draft a pattern just for you. Bring in a garment you want to replicate or work from an existing pattern that you just can't get to fit.

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    You can join us for Lizzy House's 2016 Mystery Quilt. A one day event in September that will surely be one to remember.

    Plus we'll give you a goodie bag of gather here swag (tote bag! key chain! tape measure! temporary tattoo! Makers Print!) on your special day!
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    You'll receive the frequent makers supporting member card good for one year from our first day open in the new location. Your membership card will provide you with access to the shop's newest products, workshops, special events, and more.

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    Birthday Party! We'll decorate, teach, and provide the treats for your next birthday party for you and 7 of your best friends. You won't have to think about a single thing except what you're going to wear.

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    A six hour craft session for you and 3 of your friends. Think craft camp for adults. You choose the fiber craft or the series of fiber crafts and we'll make sure you have the instructors, the equipment, and the space to make it happen. Choose from sewing, quilting, embroidery, weaving, knitting, crochet, screen printing, toy making, dyeing, and felting.

    Plus we'll give you and your guests a goodie bag of gather here swag on your special day!
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    Custom Knit Sweater. We'll provide the yarn and the knitter, you provide your measurements and your dream silhouette (crew neck, v-neck, cardigan, vest).

    We'll package up your sweater in one of our "I HELPED GATHER HERE" move tote bags. And throw in a tape measure, key chain, and temporary tattoo. AND our public thanks on social media. Plus we will have a donors list on our website that you will find your name on.

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    The Liberty of London Tana Lawn Meadow Quilt. Pattern by Lizzy House. Made by Virginia Johnson. Quilted by See Mary Quilt.
    This quilt will be a treasured heirloom. Using only the softest lawns for the quilt top and back, you will have a piece of art that you will want to envelop yourself in.

    You'll join the rest of our supporters in our social media thanks, receive our handwritten gratitude, and permanent acknowledgement on the gather here website.

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    The store is yours! Well, not really. But you and 12 of your favorite people can have the space all to yourself for a special event. We'll provide the craft, the materials, the snacks, decorations, and more. You just find your friends!

    Plus we'll give you and your guests a goodie bag of gather here swag on your special day!
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    The Village Quilt by Maritza Soto, gather here's longtime patchwork and quilting instructor. A celebration of color and community, Maritza's improv quilt is something to be treasured.

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