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.
















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         September 4, 2017

   Up-Stitch recently donated knitting needles to a knitting group at the Elsmere

   Elementary School in Delmar for 4th-5th graders.
















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         October 21, 2017

   While participating in Sustainable Saratoga’s recent recycling event Up-Stitch had the

   opportunity to pass along some beautiful yarn to the Waldorf School of

   Saratoga Springs!!















 

  COMMUNITY PROJECT                                                                 October 23, 2017

  Up-Stitch recently held a knitting circle to benefit Grassroot Givers, a wonderful Albany 

  organization. One of Grassroot’s programs is to provide dishcloths to individuals

  transitioning from shelters into their own residences! Up-Stitch was able to deliver 24    

  dishcloths to Grassroots to be used a housewarming gifts!















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         October 30, 2017

   We had the opportunity to pass along a pile of fleece to Compassionate Warmth - a

   local organization sponsored by Hugs USA. The group will utilize community

   volunteers to turn the fleece into no-sew blankets. Some of the finished blankets will

   be sent to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims while the rest will be given away   

   locally to those in need.


















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         November 11, 2017

   While participating in America Recycles Day Schenectady earlier this month Up-Stitch

   had the opportunity to pass along some beautiful yarn to the inspiring Sit N Knit program

   at the Schenectady Inner City Ministry!!




















    COMMUNITY PROJECT                                                            November 20, 2017

    This Fall Maggie worked with the students at the wonderful St. Vincent’s Preschool in

    Albany to create a quilt from Up-Stitch fabrics! The students were able to choose their

    own materials in their own miniature “fabric shop” and Maggie showed them how to use

    a rotary cutter and sew. Creating future sewers while upcycling fabric!



















   COMMUNITY PROJECT                                                           December 2, 2017

   Up-Stitch held a Charity Knit-In Workshop which turned out to be a wonderful get together  

   and very productive. Up-Stitch donated 28 adult winter hats, 3 fur hats, 2 baby hats, 15

   scarves and 6 baby blankets. Thank you to Heather Sabina for organizing and delivering all 

   the donations to the Capital City Rescue Mission.


















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         January 12, 2018

   Up-Stitch had the opportunity to donate fabric for 2 quilts Anna and Karen Schupack

   created for a fundraiser at the RISSE center in Albany. The quilts incorporate self portraits

   made by refugee children Anna worked with at the center.




















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         February 4, 2018

   Up-Stitch had the opportunity to donate fleece fabric to Joanne Buckley, a Third Grade

   Teacher at Latham Ridge School. Her students made no-sew fleece blankets for

   children in need. They gave 8 blankets to Albany Medical Center and were able to send

   the remainder to Texas to those still recovering from the hurricane.



















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         March 15, 2018

    Up-Stitch made a recent yarn donation to St. Vincent’s Food Pantry in Albany. The food

    pantry serves guests in the Pine Hills and Eagle Point neighborhoods in Albany.


















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         March 17, 2018

    We recently had the opportunity to donate 32 pairs of knitting needles and a whole lot

    of yarn to the wonderful organization The Friends of Kakamega. The yarn and needles

    went with Anna Schupack on a mission to Kenya to support the work of The Friends.

















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         March 5, 2018

    Up-Stitch made a yarn donation to the art classroom at the Albany International

    Center. The Center serves about 175 refugee and immigrant students in grades 6-12

    from throughout Albany who are in the early stages of learning English.
















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         March 22, 2018

    Up-Stitch has donated basic sewing tools for 8 students who will be attending a new

    after school sewing group at the Albany International Center. The program is based at

    North Albany Academy and aims to give refugee and immigrant students the tools and

    skills they need to assimilate to a new culture.














   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         April 21, 2018

    Up-Stitch (with help from our volunteers) put together a donation of embroidery supplies for  

    the artist and quilter Melissa Sarris for an exhibition entitled Dislocations at the Collar Works

    Gallery in Troy. Melissa exhibited embroidery developed in conjunction with women 

    incarcerated in NYS. In Melissa’s words: “The intention of the embroidery project is to make 

    the invisible voices of the incarcerated visible, allowing their humanity to shine through.”













   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         June 20, 2018

    We have been trying to clean out our storage space at Up-Stitch to make more room for 

    donations! This week we donated 6 bags of bed sheets to the local organization

    Grassroot Givers. This wonderful organization provides home good and linens (as well as

    clothes and other household items) to families in need for no cost.
















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         June 22, 2018

    Up-Stitch recently connected with some local teachers and we have had fun giving away

    loads of supplies that will be used in lots of creative ways! Mr. Obaroene works at O’Neil

    Middle School and plans to make puppets with the kids at the North Albany Academy

    Elementary School this summer. We were able to give him: buttons, 2 bolts of fabric,

    2 bags of fabric including some fun fur, and one box of yarn.


















   REDISTRIBUTION                                                                         June 24, 2018

    After putting out a message that we would like to give away fabric we were contacted by

    Sharon who makes dresses for the organization Little Dresses for Africa. She picked up 2  

    boxes of free fabric from us and is transforming them into 25 dresses to send to girls in

    need. She sent us a photo of the first 2 dresses - adorable!