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A Gathering of Stitches is a maker space for fiber and textile artists. A place for makers to come use shared equipment and resources, learn new skills, or hone old ones, and join in a community of folks who love fiber. It started as a glimmer in the eye, at Squam Art Workshops in New Hampshire in 2012. It grew slowly, fed by the inspiration of the Pepperell Mills in Biddeford, Maine, and visits to other maker labs in the Northeast. Finally in March of 2013, after many conversations and lots of feedback, it came together with the discovery of 54 Cove Street in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, Maine. This journey was undertaken by Samantha Hoyt Lindgren, with the vital assistance of Molly Quaid.
Samantha hails from Brooklyn, but Brooklyn before it was hip. She grew up sewing and knitting and crocheting. She was taught to knit by a Danish woman and so knits Continental, much to her mother’s frustration. Her mother taught her to sew, on her tiny Elna, and she has clear memories of a drawstring skirt from a Vogue pattern that she made many times. It was a favorite outfit, complimented by dyed longjohns bought at Canal Jeans and her LL Bean boots. A class at FIT in the 80’s showed her that she should stick with home sewing machines. Most hand-crafts took a back seat for college and careers as a wedding photographer and then a photo editor. Her fingers began to itch for more tactile experiences in the late 90’s and the sew ing machine was unearthed. From there it was a long and windy path to a huge stash of both yarn and fabric, a wardrobe of handmade clothes, a bout with Tennis (Knitter’s) elbow and a yearning to create community. Not long after moving to Maine in 2005 she created Rabelais, a specialized cookbook store, with her husband Don. This brought her into the world of modern food where she picked up an interest in all things local, sustainable and DIY. Themes that she believes translate well to the modern world of making. She is looking forward to sharing this adventure with you.
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