COMMUNITY PROJECT                                                                    June 23, 2017

  Up-Stitch worked with Global Fashion Studies teacher Tiffanie McNett and her class at the  

  Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center to create custom tote 

  bags! This is a project that promotes alternatives to the current fashion and textile cycle

  which endangers both the environment and garment workers. Using locally donated

  materials, the students are, first, making tote bags as they might in a sweatshop: the design

  is given to them and the bag’s production is broken down into its component parts and put 

  together via an assembly line. Next, they will be allowed to design and construct their own

  project. In this way, the students will be able to experience, first hand, the difference

  between current fashion production and a more humane form of production.


                  Global Fashion Students discussing the project.                                                 Preparing materials!

      Finished tote bags created by the Global Fashion Class are for sale in the Up-Stitch shop now!!

  REDISTRIBUTION                                                                                May 27, 2017

  We recently redistributed some of our materials to Angeline Peone, the

  Recycling Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County.

  Angelina created a large community art installation that raises awareness of textile recovery 

  and textile recycling in NYS. The concept behind the installation involves weaving  

  fabric materials through a chain-link fence that surrounds the Sustainability Center and 

  Greenhouses at Central Park in Schenectady. The event took place during their May 20th 

  plant sale.


  REDISTRIBUTION                                                                                  April 22, 2017                                                    

  We have been lucky to receive enough donations to be able to redistribute a portion of     

  our sewing and knitting supplies to local organizations with inspiring missions.

  While participating in the Town of Bethlehem’s “Spring Recycle Fest” Maggie and Megan

  met some wonderful people including Sandy, Judy & Rosemary from the Delmar Progress 

  Club. We were able to redistribute some of the yarn donations to the Progress Club on the

  spot to support their Afghans for Wheelchair Patients project.


  COMMUNITY PROJECT                                                                 July 1, 2017

  Maggie and Megan are working on creating a Lending Library with knitting & crochet

  needles and other specialty sewing tools. This will be a low cost way people in the

  community can use these items without having to buy them out right. Why should everyone

  have to buy everything when we can share? More information to come soon.

  COMMUNITY PROJECT                                                                        August 2, 2017

  Just today we passed some of our excess cotton fabric on to a wonderful local organization

  called The Mooncatcher Project. Girls in developing countries often drop out of school when

  they reach puberty because they have no access to feminine hygiene products. The

  MoonCatcher Project provides reusable, washable, menstrual pads that can be worn

  without underwear to girls in the poorest communities worldwide.

  We are planning to host a MoonCatcher Sewing Bee (a MoonBee) this Fall at Up-Stitch.  

  Volunteers will come together to construct the reusable menstrual pads. Please stay tuned

  for more information about the Moonbee in future emails.

   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                                July 31, 2017

   We have redistributed a bin of worsted weight wool yarn to the Albion Women's Correctional  

   Facility where incarcerated women will be knitting hats for Seafarers International House!

   SIH is a multi-faith, multi-national harbor of hospitality seeking to nurture the human spirit

   and foster human dignity by providing social assistance and advocacy to seafarers, 

   sojourners and people on the way if you have any amount of wool yarn you'd like to donate

   to the women at Albion for this special project please let us know and we'll pass it along.

   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         September 4, 2017

   Up-Stitch recently donated a box of cotton fabric to Art Educator and Author (and friend)

   Mary Ellen Shevalier! She will be using the materials in an upcoming October 22nd

   Sheval Sip-N-Paint event to benefit the Rohde Center Food Pantry in Adams, NY.