A Gathering of Stitches

Creating a place for fiber and textile makers to practice their craft in Northern New England
Samantha Lindgren
Portland, Maine
United States
1 Team Member

Hello Everyone,

 Welcome to the IndieGoGo campaign for A Gathering of Stitches! Thank you for checking out what we're all about. 

What is A Gathering of Stitches?

A Gathering of Stitches is a workshop, studio, and maker lab for fiber and textile artists, craftspeople and small businesses in Portland, Maine. Our mission is to share the modern and historical world of the needle arts through education, shared resources and equipment, small business development, and the creation of community. In simple terms, we're going to teach people to:

                  sew : knit : dye : quilt : embroider : crochet : screen print

Instruction will be available at all levels. We'll also supply access to specialized equipment, and provide a creative space for businesses to grow, all for the Southern Maine and Northern New England community.

 Crowdfunding is the perfect way to help us build this community enterprise. We have invested our own money, time and capital, but want to invite you to support the purchase of specialized equipment for this community enterprise.

 While the rent for this space is reasonable, the cost of launching this business is formidable.  The money we raise through this campaign will help cover build-out of the space, administrative software and set up, office and studio furniture, and specialized, professional-grade equipment.

What Will I Find There When It's Ready?

A Gathering of Stitches will have sergers and knitting machines, irons, ironing boards, and dress forms as well as items that are hard for individual crafters to access, such as free motion quilting machines, screen printing equipment and a dyeing set-up.  In addition, we are building a large library of books on all aspects of fiber and textiles, which will be at hand for research and education.

 This is your opportunity to help grow the world of fiber arts! For each piece of equipment you fund you will receive our eternal gratitude, a thank you on our donors page, the knowledge that others will be learning with the equipment, and, most importantly, the rights to name the piece!  Call it Sally, call it Stitch, name it after your favorite Aunt, your childhood pet, your mortal enemy. Consider it your patronage for the fiber arts in Northern New England.  It is your legacy and we encourage you to have fun with it! If you are unable to donate at this time, please share our story with your friends and family. Community is built by word of mouth, and your support means the world to us!

Whose Project is This?

 A Gathering of Stitches is the brainchild of two women who love craft and the fiber arts: Samantha Hoyt Lindgren and Molly Bergman Quaid. Samantha is a partner in Rabelais, the specialized cookbook shop here in Maine. She is a life long knitter and sewist, having made her own clothes at various stages in her life from the teens to the present. She's had many careers, including as a photographer and photo editor for major publications such as People, Forbes, and Life; as a dancer, which she practiced from childhood into her mid-twenties, including a stint with the Bill T. Jones dance company in the 1980s; and as a baker and a graduate from the Institute of Culinary Education.  Her career has been a crazy patchwork, but it's led to the creation of a new home for the needle arts in Portland, Maine, and all these varied skills have prepared her for this business of sewing together a stitching community.

 Molly is a native New Englander who grew up surrounded by handcrafts. Her grandmothers were dedicated knitters and seamstresses and her great-aunt loved to create hooked rugs. A teacher taught Molly to cast on in the first grade and began her lifelong love of knitting. Molly also spent many happy hours of her childhood on her Aunt’s Singer sewing machine.  Since then, she's held positions as a researcher, market analyst, and worked in politics, but has spent her spare time in art school, hosting a knitting circle, and seeking out yarn shops wherever she travels. She believes everyone can make beautiful things to wear and decorate their homes and is excited to be working with Samantha to create a space and build a community for fiber artists and crafters.

Where Will A Gathering of Stitches Be?

 Molly and Samantha have found a fabulous location in the East Bayside area of Portland, Maine, an industrial area that’s already home to creative businesses such as Tandem Coffee Roasters, Bunker Brewing, Rising Tide Brewing, The Urban Farm Fermentory, Running With Scissors Artists Studios, Portland Power Yoga, and Zero Station. The 4400 square foot space will be dedicated to large scale equipment, instruction areas and artist studios. We think the cross pollination of ideas that happens when artists and students work together in the same space is limitless. 


 We are so very excited to be working on this project and are thrilled with the responses we have gotten to it over the past few months. The community is urging us on and we are honored by their encouragement. We look forward to becoming a permanent part of this vibrant fiber and textile world for years to come.  Thank you for your support in making our vision a reality!


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raised by 165 people in 1 month
75% funded
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$20,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on July 20, 2013
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  • $15USD
    Tape Measure

    Every little bit counts! Help us out with $15 and we'll send you a tape measure with our logo on it! We will also thank you on the donors page of our website.

    37 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    Pam Allen Pattern

    Our good friend, Quince yarn creator, and knitting guru Pam Allen has donated the lovely Sherwood Mitts pattern as a thank you for contributing to our campaign. Wouldn't it look delicious in some Quince Yarn? We will also thank you on our donors page.

    25 out of 50 claimed
  • $50USD
    Your name on our Library

    AGOS will have a large library of books on sewing, knitting, quilting, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, silk screening etc. Contribute to the campaign at this level and we will include your name on the library wall. We will also thank you on our donors page.

    18 out of 40 claimed
  • $50USD
    Supporting membership

    Contribute $50 and become a supporting member of A Gathering of Stitches. Annual membership gets you: - a 10% discount on classes - a 10% discount on block rentals of equipment of six hours or more - access to the library - advance notice of special workshops - An A Gathering of Stitches tape measure

    21 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $75USD
    Knitting Lesson: Melinda Titus

    Is there some technique you just can't seem to get the hang of? Do you want someone to sit down with you and really get you started, properly? Melinda Titus, knitter extraordinaire, has offered up an hour of dedicated knitting time to help you with any knitting concept your heart desires. Read more about Melinda on our Teachers page : http://agatheringofstitches.com/teachers. She a fabulous teacher and a really cool lady too!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    A special screen printed item

    Fifty lucky people will get a special limited edition silk screened item that will be made with the equipment you help us buy: an exposure unit, wash down area and lots of tools. It may be a tote bag, it may be a tea towel, it could be a wall hanging, but whatever it is, it will be unique and limited just to you lucky fifty. And just for good measure, we'll thank you on our donors page.

    20 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $150USD
    Name Irons/ Boards/Dressforms

    These items are the backbone of the sewing room. We will need three irons/boards and dress forms for our members/students to use on a regular basis. This is naming rights, for you to tell us what to call these creatures. You will immortalize whoever or whatever you want with your choice. And people will be talking to them (and working with them) all day long... And we'll thank you on the donors page....

    3 out of 9 claimed

    Dinner for Two at Hugo's

    Our dear friends at Hugo's have given us a Tasting Menu for Two with wine pairings, not including tax or gratuity to offer up as a perk. It is a $300 value. If you haven't been there since they renovated you're in for a treat! The outstanding food is now matched by a fabulous decor. A $300 donation gets you this fantastic opportunity...! Check out their website here: http://www.hugos.net/home/ if you're not familiar with this amazing restaurant!

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $375USD
    Name our Elna 664 Pro Sergers

    A serger is a sewing machine used to both sew knitted fabrics and to clean up finishes for seams. They are a pain in the butt to thread, but they make quick work of finishing, and making knitted garments. Name it whatever your little heart desires.... Blanche? Oh yeah, and we'll thank you on the donors page....

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $800USD
    Name our Janome 6300

    The Janome Memory Craft 6300 is a sewing machine with a wide throat that makes it very helpful for the quilter. It is also useful for free-motion quilting, a modern solution to the quilting question. Quilters lust after these machines. Think how many people you will be making happy when you help us out at this level. We could call this lady anything you like: Junior? Sweetie Pie? Bob? You get to choose. Guess what, we'll thank you on the donors page!

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Name our Janome Horizon 7700

    A great machine for free motion quilting, as it has an eleven inch wide throat that allows quilting up to Queen size quilts. Not quite a Long Arm quilter, but a great learning tool for long armers. We'd love two, but even one would be a great help. Give them good names for us, will ya? We'll thank you on our donors page extra special like...

    1 out of 2 claimed

    A Hand Made Modern Quilt

    Samantha will make one generous contributor a full sized quilt with the colors and design of your choosing. Once the campaign has concluded we will confer on your decor, your color scheme, and the proposed locale for this creature. Then Samantha will get to work, probably blogging along the way.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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