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About this project

In 2016, we packed up two households--three adults, two kids, three dogs, nine birds, and countless boxes of yarn--and decided to take a chance on the Upper Valley. We don't do things by halves around here.

Scratch, on the mall in historic downtown Lebanon
Scratch, on the mall in historic downtown Lebanon

 

Where our magical ideas are hatched outside of business hours.
Where our magical ideas are hatched outside of business hours.

Moving and opening a brand-new store at the same time was more than a little hectic, but we got through it. Building out the shop in a space that used to be a shoe store (complete with slatboard panels on the walls) took a lot of vision, unbelievable amounts of paint, and too much take-out to speak of. It's been the ultimate group DIY project!

One of many late nights.
One of many late nights.

 

Our finished logo.
Our finished logo.

 

The whole crew gets in on the construction.
The whole crew gets in on the construction.

We are so grateful for how the Upper Valley has welcomed and supported us since we first opened our doors in September. You've opened your arms to our crazy vision of taking the practice of handcrafting out of our homes and into Scratch so that we can be inspired by making things together.

In a few short months, we have nearly doubled our inventory, provided instruction to hundreds of people, hosted special events and a full class schedule, done fundraising for groups near and dear to our heart (Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the WWF, to name a few), and learned a lot about our community and how Scratch fits into it.

Needle felting as team-building at an area business.
Needle felting as team-building at an area business.

We have put our hearts into this store, and into our new city. But we haven't made this place what it is alone. Scratch wouldn't be the place it is today without the customers and friends who come through the door every day. Scratch doesn't exist without YOU.

First-time sewists at the sewing bar.
First-time sewists at the sewing bar.

We envisioned Scratch as the Upper Valley's first handcraft-focused makerspace. Scratch was born from the idea that makers gonna make. Knitters embroider, sewists paint, and painters might like to try their hands at a little needle felting. All the maker community needs is a few supplies, a place to work, and a network of support.

Our favorite birthday party game.
Our favorite birthday party game.

 

You can never have too much yarn.
You can never have too much yarn.

 

Now--thousands of hours, hundreds of late nights and early mornings, and an untold number of pipes later--it's time for us to grow, and we need YOUR help to do it!

Pippa is never anything but helpful.
Pippa is never anything but helpful.

Scratch is ready to expand in every direction, especially in the makerspace. We have a huge wishlist of things we want to be able to bring you, including:

  • a FABOOL laser engraver
  • more button makers, in more sizes!
  • an X-Carve 750MM (think the Carvey, unleashed)
  • buildout of a DIY apothecary bar
  • a serger for the sewing bar
  • spinning wheels
  • a new 3D printer
  • roving and dyeworks

It may not sound like it, but that last one might be the biggie. Why's that? Let us answer that with this video:

We want to be able to offer roving for dyeworks from our own tiny flock! Our plan is to fix up the lower level of our old dairy barn, and bring home some lambs in spring 2018. We're committed to bringing more local wool to Scratch, so naturally sheep are the next step. When we say we don't do things by halves, we mean it!

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Risks and challenges

Owning a small business is risky business. Big box stores, the ease of online shopping, New Hampshire's fabled weather, you name it. We like to think we've created a space that's worth the effort. If this weren't challenging, it wouldn't be worth doing.

The biggest risk is that we won't be able to grow the makerspace in the way that the Upper Valley community deserves. Plus, we need to get that barn sorted out in time for spring!

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    Big Thanks!

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    Buttons & Cool Scratch Magnet

    Crafty buttons (made by us using our wicked awesome button press!) and a super cool Scratch magnet. You know you'd love a bird-green raven magnet to stick on your ride, your filing cabinet, or your fridge!

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    Super Exclusive Scratch T-shirt

    We're printing up a run of exciting limited-edition maker-inspired Scratch t-shirts with original artwork by local artist, Emily Parrish. Be one of the cool kids, and snag one now!

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    The Project Bag

    You've got crafty works in progress begging to be taken with you. Embroidery on the bus. Knitting in the park. Your bullet journal.
    We're printing up a run of exciting limited-edition maker-inspired Scratch canvas project bags with original artwork by local artist, Emily Parrish. Let's get real: you can never have too many project bags.

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    Crafters are Caffeinated

    Coffee helps keep our creative juices flowing around here. Support us at the $50 level, and we'll send you an awesome Scratch coffee mug!

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    Craft & Cocktails

    Join us for a private Craft & Cocktails event in the makerspace! socialize with other makers, and check out all of the exciting, new makerspace additions. We'll have delicious treats to nosh, and craft projects to make at the party and bring home with you.

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    Maker Self-Care Kit

    Don't live close enough to make it to our Craft & Cocktail party? That's ok! We'll send you a selection of all-natural body care products from our Hex Apothecary line (including our "Idle Hands" healing hand salve for makers and knitters.)

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    So Much Swag!

    For $100 of support, we'll send you a killer Scratch coffee mug, a limited edition maker-inspired art print project bag designed by local artist Emily Parrish, and crafty buttons & magnets. And when you thought it couldn't get better, you also get to take a class of your choice at Scratch on us!

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    Mystery Yarn Club

    We'll send you skein of our favorite hand-dyed yarn each month (for three months) along with a pattern we love, and some fancy Scratch swag!

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    6 months at Scratch

    You'll get a 6 month membership to the makerspace (which gives you access to all of our exciting new equipment, work and storage space, support from staff, access to our craft book & tool libraries, and special access to classes and events), and a cool Scratch mug to keep you fueled while you get your craft on.

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    A Year of Scratch

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    Birthday Party

    We'll decorate, teach, and provide the treats for your next birthday party for you and 9 of your best friends. We'll make things super fancy-all you have to do is show up!

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    Lifetime Membership

    You're basically family, and we want you here all of the time. You get a lifetime membership to the makerspace (which gives you access to all of our exciting new equipment, work and storage space, support from staff, access to our craft book & tool libraries, and special access to classes and events), a private class of your choice for up to 6 people, and all of our Scratch swag.

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    Master of Sheep

    At this level you'll become a lifetime member of the makerspace, have free access to all of our classes and events, and all of our Scratch swag. You'll also get to have a birthday party at Scratch, and best of all...
    YOU GET TO NAME OUR SHEEP!

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