I’m excited about this find: a new fabric & fibers store that invites you in to make something on the spot! Gather Here–located in Cambridge at 370 Broadway–is more than a store: it’s an urban stitch lounge, which if you’ve never heard of one (and I had not) is a community space with machines, supplies, and tables for hanging out, sharing interests, and creating stuff. The store also offers a Saturday morning knitter’s brunch and Thursday evening crafty cocktails, as well as classes in quilting, sewing, and embroidery basics.
After I shlep over today to check out Gather Here’s fabric selection–I’m headed for the Cambridge Public Library (the addition was designed by William Rawn Associates–and my husband!). Go sit in that hunk of a wood chair by the big window in the Children’s Room and read a stack of picture books–with, or without kids.
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Gather Here sounds so great. I wish we could spend an afternoon there! Meanwhile I hope they have lots of lovely fabric–maybe you can test out a new machine while you’re there, too. The library addition is amazing–nice work, Pete! Plus, all the other buildings are really gorgeous. I love the stone buildings that have traditional forms with a modern aesthetic.
I wonder how Gather Here compares with Spark (which was first in Davis Square and then moved to Porter and is now defunct?) It seems like it is hard to find a business model that works for this type of endeavor. But I would like to see at least one succeed so I will check it out.
I know what you mean. East Arlington’s Knitting Room, despite being well loved, shuttered a couple of years ago. It was a teeny place, though–and maybe didn’t draw enough from surrounding towns. I agree with you, though: it would be nice to have Gather Here succeed!
Very different vibe than Spark — I hope they thrive
I’m really interested in this store, and I was wondering if you or any of your readers could attest to their selection of apparel fabrics–looking at pictures/reviews, almost everyone just talks about knitting and quilting.
I’m mainly looking for a bamboo knit fabric for a dress, but I just love fabric in general 🙂
Margaret – thank you for this blog post. I loved Spark and was sad when they closed and we’re going to do our best to not have that happen to us… hard work, a wonderful supportive community and lots of luck.
And Bobbins of Basil – we recently ordered bamboo jersey for the summer. We carry voile and lawn apparel weights. We’ll have woolens in the fall. But at 1100 square feet we have a seriously curated collection!