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Kickstarter Backer Feature: Morgan Nolte

Morgan at the Valentine's Day letter event that Marissa Falco had at the shop in 2014. What a lovely red typewriter.

A very wise customer suggested we share some of the reasons why a variety of the folks that have pledged to back our  Kickstarter campaign made that choice. As if it wasn't enough to get all weepy each time someone new makes a contribution, the answers we've received today to our request have been kind and thoughtful just like each of you. Today we'd like to introduce you to Morgan Nolte. Morgan works in Cambridge and has taken a number of classes at gather here. She is also a dancer and I've loved getting to know her (and her sister, Taylor!) over the years.

When did you discover gather here?

I think I started visiting Gather Here about three years ago? I was looking for a kick in the pants to get sewing again, so I signed up for the Charlotte Skirt class. Since then I've taken half a dozen (or more?) classes and shopped for patterns, fabric, and notions for home sewing as well.

What is your craft and how does gather here support it?

I sew! Besides giving me awesome fabric for garment sewing, I like to take classes as often as I can. I of course love Virginia's help with fitting and new techniques, but I also really like the social aspect. It's more fun to sew with friends! I love it so much, in fact, that I've convinced my sister and several friends to take classes with me. Gather Here has also taught me to knit, but I don't currently have patience for more than a hat or a scarf.

Morgan attends a wedding in her By Hand London Georgia dress.

Have you backed a Kickstarter campaign before? What was it?

I contributed to the Lorem Ipsum Bookshop campaign a while back, although sadly the store has since closed. I guess I'm passionate about the neighborhood, and keeping Inman Square full of places I like to be.

There are thousands of Kickstarter campaigns that could use funding, why did you chose this one?

I think its a bit selfish really- I want Gather Here to be closer to me! I get so much joy from this crafting community.

Work friends in their handcrafted wardrobe. Heather in a shirt dress, Morgan in a shift dress.

Is there a particular reward that you think makes this campaign unique?

All of the rewards are pretty amazing, and so nicely tailored to the audience. That said, I'm pretty freakin excited to be painted in to a mural :-)

What would you tell someone who isn't sure about funding a Kickstarter Campaign?

Funding a Kickstarter is a way to fill your life with the things you love while positively impacting others. What's the downside?

The Kickstarter Campaign ends on January 15th. If you can and feel so inclined, please take a moment and back us. You contribution supplements the generous funding from the building owner and grants from the City of Cambridge. Don't underestimate the value of sweat equity, either. We've poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this DIY project and we think you'll be able to tell. We can't wait to make 1343 Cambridge Street our home and we hope you'll think of it as your second home, too.