Baltimore Threadquarters

Opening March 1st. Give now and get some fun perks while helping to ignite a community and employ artists at a fair wage.
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Marlo Jacobson
Small Business
BALTIMORE
United States
3 Team Members

Baltimore Threadquarters (BTQ) is a new fiber arts supply store that carries an eclectic mix of new, vintage, and handmade tools for knitting, crochet, spinning, felting, and sewing. We offer hand made buttons, yarns, fabrics, and fiber related gifts.

BTQ will feature monthly trunk shows of local fiber artists, fine art installations and a variety of classes and workshops. Each month we will unveil our newest window display and have an opening to celebrate the work.

The founders of Baltimore Threadquarters are Marlo Jacobson a career fundraiser and scary doll maker and Allison Fomich a career upholsterer and jewelry designer. This oddball partnership grew out of a shared passion for fabrics and fibers of all kinds and the goal of knitting together a community for their beloved Highlandtown. The pair, and their loving spouses (Matt Saindonand Brett Lojzim) and kids, have spent the last decade working hard to make their neighborhood great. The idea for the store grew out of a conversation over a cup of coffee one afternoon and blossomed into a full fledged retail shop with classroom space and a workroom with great equipment. After many months of conversations, list making, networking, and frustrations trying to find the right space at the right price we lucked into our dream space...

We found a home for 

Baltimore Threadquarters

The Botteon Building at 518 South Conkling Street, this location has free off street parking in the back (check), big storefront windows (check), classroom space (check), private workroom with bathroom (check), and bonus-a water fountain and an amazing landlord who is working with us to get the place off the ground.

Now we need your help. We have started the renovations, ordered the fixtures and begun accumulating inventory.

But, to pay people a fair price for their work is costly and we don't want to compromise on paying artists a livable wage.

Will you help us stock the store with the best of the best at an affordable price and employ starving artists as instructors?

We are almost there, we have the raw space but we need to furnish it with comfortable seating and spacious work tables. 

With your help we can!

Where your money will go:

  •  $1,500 to set up 2 accounts with national distributors to stock our shelves with the best supplies

  • $1,000 for classroom furniture and decent sewing machines for all students

  • $1,000 to build a cutting table and work benches and shelving throughout the store

  • $500 for lighting for the retail space and the window displays

  • $1,000 to pay instructors for workshops and to pay for all materials provided with the workshops.

 The Impact

Your gift not only helps us to open a brick and mortar store but it also allows us the freedom to work on outreach to the underserved communities in our area and invite them in to learn valuable skills.

With your support we can make sure there is money for instructors to teach adults, teens, and kids the importance of being self sufficient. These skills never go away. Skills like these build character, confidence and BTQ offers them a safe space to learn and grow.

Not to mention all of the benefits of fun community building and placemaking through activities like Yarnbombing Zappa.

Can't give today? Please share and share and share! Post it to your facebook wall, tweet our link, email your friends, shout it from your rooftop. We need help in every way!

 

 

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$5,782USD
raised by 116 people in 23 days
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  • $10USD
    High Five Low Five

    For a gift of $10 Allison and Marlo will each personally give you a High Five first time we see you after your gift. That's right two, I said two high fives for the low low price of $10.

    9 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $13USD
    NEW!! Pasties & Drinks

    Special Pricing for Indiegogo only! Sunday March 3rd from 6pm - 8pm --Join us for a Pasties Making Workshop and Happy Hour. There will be laughter and learning (and over-sharing) fueled by alcohol, sequins, beads, tassels and "felt."

    4 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $19USD
    Vintage Grab Bag

    Get ready for a surprise. You choose the bag, lots of shapes and sizes will be offered. Baltimore ThreadQuarters is the only place in the area where you will find such a variety of vintage Fiber Arts supplies. Pick up in store or for shipping add $5.00.

    23 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $25USD
    NEW**Intro to Knitting 1 & 2

    Get this 2 session workshop today for Less than cost, and be assured your spot will be reserved for this very popular workshop. Learn to Knit in this two hour workshop. This workshop is offered on multiple dates and times to fit into anyone's schedule. Knitting Needles and Yarn included and each student will walk away with a finished product.

    15 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $33USD
    BTQ Original Earrings

    Unique Earings designed by the Baltimore ThreadQuarters Partners; made with love for you. Laser cut and engraved dangle style earrings. Show your Fiber side off. Pick up in store, you choose color and style (knitting, crochet, sewing machine, or needle and thread) add $5 for shipping.

    8 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $33USD
    BTQ Limited Edition Necklace

    Unique Necklace designed by the Baltimore ThreadQuarters Partners; made with love for you. Laser cut and engraved on a delicate ball chain. Show your Fiber side off. Pick up in store, you choose color and style (knitting, crochet,sewing, or simple needle and thread) or for shipping add $5.00

    12 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $50USD
    BTQ Limited Edition Combo

    Unique Necklace and Earrings designed by the Baltimore ThreadQuarters Partners; made with love for you. Laser cut and engraved necklace on a delicate ball chain and earrings are dangly. Show your Fiber side off. Pick up in store, you choose color and style (knitting, crochet,sewing, or simple needle and thread) or for shipping add $5.00.

    10 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $75USD
    NEW* Doll Workshop for 3*

    Never picked up a needle and thread? No worries, this workshop gives you all the basics and breathes new life into old sweaters. 3 hour group lesson for up to 3 people. Learn simple pattern making, cutting, hand sewing, and basic embroidery while making your own one of a kind creation. You provide the sweater, we provide everything else.

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $100USD
    Vintage First Dibs Club

    Once a month--for three months-- on an undisclosed date (emailed secretly to each club member each month) you will be invited into the store to claim dibs on any vintage supplies before they hit the shelves.

    3 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $200USD
    Private Upholstery Lesson

    Tap 15 years of upholstery experience with artist Allison Fomich. For only $200 you get 6 hours of upholstery consultation time where you will get help with fabric choice, pattern making, cutting, sewing and the facilitation of re-upholstering a small chair of your choice.

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
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