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Embroidery Workshop

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Join us Wednesday September 18th at 7p for our Embroidery Workshop with Melisa Joy. In this class you’ll master embroidery basics as you complete a sweet stitch sampler hoop while you learn several basic stitches. You’ll leave with a skill set that can be used on so many different objects and projects!

You will learn:

  • How to transfer a printed image to fabric

  • About the appropriate fabric, embroidery floss, needles and other tools that are required

  • How to do a basic outlining stitch to complete your embroidered image

  • How to finish & “frame” your finished piece in an embroidery hoop


You’ll leave the class with a finished hoop made by you, goodie bag with mini project, and the know-how to tackle more embroidery projects on your own! All materials needed will be provided and are included in class cost.

Materials Include: 2 hoops, pre-printed fabric, denim or cotton fabric, transfer paper, floss, needles, stitch instructions, marker/pencil, drawstring project bag, & notebook.

This two hour class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise at Dandelion Post (where our studio is located) that day!

San Francisco-based designer & fiber artist, Melisa Joy, loves connecting people through creativity. She is inspired by traveling, exploring natural beauty, and the colorful light of the west coast. After working as an Industrial Designer in Home Decor, it became increasingly important to her to ensure handmade retains its voice. She loves helping others discover a new, creative hobby. The perfect color palette, texture or “light bulb” moment make her giddy. Her DIY Embroidery kits can be found in independent shops throughout the Bay Area. 

Embroidery Workshop: $65
Wednesday September 18th: 7-9pm
gather - 421 40th St, Oakland (inside
Dandelion Post)

Register now - Hurry space is limited!

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Welcome Baby Cole!

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The gather family just got a little bigger! Beautiful baby boy Cole Theodore McClellan was born Sunday August 4th. We are over the moon in love with our precious addition. He already fits in so well with his two older brothers who absolutely adore him.

We hope you all get to meet him soon! He's already made an appearance at one of our workshops. Check out our schedule and you might get lucky to see this little cutie in person.

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Botanical Necklace Workshop

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Join us Saturday August 24th, 2019 at 11am for our new Botanical Necklace Workshop with Whitney Pope of Seed and Soil. Learn how to make beautiful botanical jewelry using resin and pressed flowers. Workshop will cover instructions for working with resin, basic flower pressing/drying principles, as well as how to make a chain. Once you master the technique in this special class you’ll be able to make beautiful rings, earrings, and more at home…the possibilities are endless!

Attendee’s will make a necklace in their choice of finish, shape, and botanical; silver or gold, square or teardrop, variety of plants and flowers. 

Due to the 24 hour cure time for resin, the completed project will be shipped to attendee’s the following week.

Whitney began working with resin as a creative outlet while earning her BS in Paralegal Studies. She and her family currently live in their remodeled tiny home RV and have a fall market tour planned across the U.S.

Mimosas and light brunch snacks are provided and you’ll get a discount on merchandise in Dandelion Post, where our studio is located that day!

Botanical Necklace Workshop

Saturday August 24th, 2019 from 11a-1p

gather - 421 40th St., Oakland, CA (inside Dandelion Post)

Register now!

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Girl Gang Craft #Smallbiz Summit: 5 things we can't wait for!

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Have you heard about the Girl Gang Craft #Smallbiz Summit happening in Oakland on August 17th yet? It’s a fun one day conference for the bay area creative community. We just got our ticket and could not be more psyched. Here are the top five reasons we’re excited:

1) This isn’t your average boring summit. Yes, we plan to learn and absorb some important stuff but it’s also meant to be fun. There will be happy hour, workshops, and real talk from some hella inspiring speakers. Basically the perfect day we’d say.

2) The keynote speaker is former gather maker, Carissa Potter of People I’ve Loved. We sold her amazing products that explore topics of depression, self-care, and love in the store since we opened and have admired all that she has accomplished. She is has become a household name! We love her refreshingly honest take on life so cannot wait to hear her speak in person and learn all the things.

3) The conference will cover things that sometimes don’t come naturally to us creatives, (ahem - taxes and money). It will be so nice to hear from experts about these things that are so important but we often put on the back burner. This will only motivate and empower us in business.

4) Katie Dean Jewelry (another former gather maker!), will be on a panel devoted to Social Media. Not only do we adore this gem of a business woman but have mad respect for her social media skills. Seriously we want' to know her secrets! We will be taking lots of notes!

5) And last but not least the main reason we are excited for this summit is that there aren’t enough events out there like this. Connecting with our community is one of our biggest values and this summit couldn’t be more needed right now. As a business owner and a mom I often don’t do things like this for myself but it is so important. It is imperative that we invest in ourselves! A day to filled with inspirational talks, workshops, and networking is just what we need. What about you? Will I see you there? I’d love to connect!

Girl Gang Craft #Smallbiz Summit

Saturday August 17th: 10a-6p

Oakland's Scottish Rite Center (Upstairs)

Register now!

Candle Making Workshop

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With another baby boy arriving any day now we are taking a few weeks off but wanted to let you know about our next workshop. This is one of our most popular classes and we are so excited to offer it in our new space in Oakland for the first time. Hurry and register though…it always sells out!

Join us Thursday August 15th, 2019 at 7pm for a special candle making workshop with Hyunny of Lighten Up Shoppe. Hyunny will demonstrate how to make your very own candles teaching you the process from beginning to end. You'll go home with at least two candles mixed with your very own scent combinations using a variety of essential oils, fragrance oils, and dried flowers.

Lighten Up Shoppe was founded by two sisters, Joy and Hyunny in sunny northern California. Lighten Up Shoppe was created out of Joy's love for candles and Hyunny's obsession with crafting. The warmth and glow of a candle can transform any room into a sanctuary.  After a long day, take a moment to breathe, light a candle, and lighten up!

As always, we'll provide some wine and beer and snacks to fuel your creativity. We'll even give you a special discount on purchases at Dandelion Post (where our studio is located) that night! Be sure to sign soon, spaces will fill up fast.

Candle Making Workshop: $48

Thursday August 15th, 2019 at 7pm

gather - 421 40th St, Oakland (inside Dandelion Post)

Register now - Hurry space is limited!

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40th Street Block Party

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Have you marked your calendar for the 40th Street Block Party this Saturday yet? Right outside our new studio enjoy live music, local vendors, and food trucks. Come inside to cool down and check out our studio as well as the 3rd Season Designs Pop Up happening at Dandelion Post. We loved selling 3rd Season at gather and can’t wait to check out their new collection! See you there!

40th Street Block Party

Sat, Jul 20, 2019 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

40th Street between Webster and Opal

Summer Finds from Makers we're Excited to Meet at Urban Air Market

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One of the things we miss the most about our old Hayes Valley home is Urban Air Market (UAM). We opened our doors for the first time back in 2014 the day of their Spring Hayes Valley market. Every since then we always got excited every time the market came to the neighborhood. We loved having so many of our makers selling their wares outside our doors for the day and then discovering new artists to feature in the shop. The wonderful thing about our new location in Oakland is that UAM pops up at the Hive not too far away. Their next market is Sunday July 21st and we can’t wait to do a little summer shopping. We’ve stalked the vendor list and compiled our favorite finds perfect for enjoying this summer. All the items are from makers new to us that we can’t wait to meet. Will we see you there?

Urban Air Market: Oakland

Sunday July 21st 11a-6p

The Hive Oakland 
2335 Broadway 
Oakland, CA 94612

RSVP now!

We can’t wait to try on the Knot Everyday Shirt by Amy Kuschel. We love that this collection is manufactured locally and features flattering lines and high quality fabrics. We especially like the playful Liberty London print use for this button down and could see ourselves reaching for it all summer long.

We’ve got sandals on the mind with our new Sandal Making Workshop coming up in September. These Ridge Slides by AFTERNOON look buttery soft and like they would go with everything from jean cut offs to a flowy floral dress. All their shoes are inspired by the California landscape, with a minimalist silhouette and a commitment to sustainable materials and ethical production. What could be better?

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We’re always on the lookout for non-toxic products that are safe and effective so to keep our skin vibrant and hydrated we’re excited to try Korina’s body oils. We’re especially interested in their summer sent, Neroli and Bergamont which has botanical ingredients like jojoba, sweet almond and fractionated coconut oil to moisturize dry skin without leaving a greasy feeling.

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The Abeline Dress by Atelier Prelude seems like the perfect summer staple. Wear it to work, on a picnic, or even spice it up with statement shoes and jewels for an outdoor wedding. We love the retro inspired cut and ease of this dress. Their commitment to sustainability wants to make us invest in their romantic pieces.

This year we’re making a big effort to stop using so many paper towels so we’ve been on the lookout for nice durable napkins. These gingham ones by Isafix scream summer and we’d love to pick up a set at the market. We love that they used reclaimed textiles and are based right here in Oakland.

Knit Pouf Cushion Workshop Recap

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We had so much fun at our June 29th Knit Pouf Cushion Workshop. It was the first time long time gather knitting instructor Cara Corey was offering the class in our space. The students really impressed us with their skills - most of them had never knit before! Check out the pictures below:

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Patio Party: Dandelion Post x gather 6.15.19

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We’ve officially arrived at our new permanent workshop home inside the lovely Dandelion Post! Join us on Saturday June 15th at 1pm as we celebrate our new space and Dandelion Post’s 4 year anniversary. Get a tour of our new studio, enjoy drinks and food on our cute patio, and partake in our free make and take bath salt soak station. Dandelion Post will also be offering 20% on everything in their shop!

Patio Party

Dandelion Post/ gather: 421 40th St, Oakland
Saturday, June 15th
1p-5p
(enter through our main entrance)

FREE

New Moon Tarot Card Workshop

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Join gather on Sunday June 2nd at 11a for our New Moon Tarot Card Workshop with Alejandra Luisa León of The Lioness Oracle. In this class you will:

  • Learn about Gemini, the sign of this New Moon

  • Learn about the moon's cycle, and how to work with the New Moon

  • Learn about the Lovers major arcana card

  • Learn the specific astrological influences of the day

  • Be assisted in giving yourself a New Moon Tarot reading

Please bring a journal, pen, and Tarot deck of your choice. All levels welcome, and beginners encouraged!

Alejandra has been studying and reading the Tarot for 17 years. She is the creator of The Lioness Oracle Tarot, a deck she collaged by hand with found paper images. In a class with her you can expect to feel welcomed and safe no matter what your current level of expertise is. She resides in Oakland with her kitties Mina and Ziggy.

This two hour class includes mimosa and light brunch snacks. You’ll even get a discount at everything at Dandelion Post (where our studio is located) while you’re there! Be sure to sign soon, spaces will fill up fast.

What: Tarot Card Workshop: $40

When: Sunday June 2nd 11a-1p

Where: 421 40th St, Oakland (inside Dandelion Post)

Sign up now - space is limited

Giant Knit Blanket Workshop at Golden Gate Doulas 5.19.19

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Join gather Sunday May 19th at 11a for our Giant Knit Blanket Workshop with Cara Corey Designs. For this class we are headed to Golden Gate Doulas and popping up in their gorgeous family room. Learn how to make a dreamy super thick and cozy knit blanket out of wool roving, plus tips and techniques for caring for these blankets. No knitting experience required! Knit and crochet designer Cara Corey will show you how to use a "table knitting" technique, forming the stitches with your hands rather than using knitting needles. 

In this class you will also learn:

• How to source additional wool roving
• How to graft ends together by needle felting
• How to care for the wool, and use felting to prevent it from fuzzing too much
• Where to buy giant knitting needles (if you decide you want them) and how to make your own giant needles out of PVC pipe

The yarn we provide is enough wool roving to make a blanket approximately 30x50 inches in size with a lot of stretch. Please choose a color from the color swatch photo when you check out. Color choices are: Undyed (Cream), Seal, Granite, Aubergine, Candy Pink, Mallard, Denim, and Claret.

This two hour class includes mimosas and light brunch snacks. Our gracious hosts, Golden Gate Doulas have a beautiful community space in San Francisco’s lower Haight neighborhood for new and expecting moms. No need to be a parent though, this workshop is all inclusive and everyone is welcome! Workshop includes all yarn/materials in price. 

What: Giant Knit Blanket Workshop : $165

When: Sunday May 19th: 11a-1p

Where: Golden Gate Doula Associates - 678 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

(note this workshop will not be held at gather in Hayes Valley)

Space is Limited - Register now!

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Modern Calligraphy Workshop at Neeko

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Join gather on Thursday May 16th at 7p for our Modern Calligraphy Workshop with Rachel Jacques of Bright Line Studio. For this class we are headed to Berkeley to pop up at our favorite East Bay shop, Neeko. This two and a half hour class is for beginners who are eager to learn modern calligraphy! We will go over the basic strokes before heading into the lower case and upper case alphabet. All the necessary materials you need for the class and at home practice will be provided. You will get a complete alphabet and resources workbook for beginners, worksheets, oblique calligraphy pen, 2 nibs, a Rhodia paper pad, black ink, and extra paper. At the end of the class you will create a hand lettered quote that you can take home!

Bright Line Studio, is a boutique design and calligraphy studio based in San Francisco. Designer, Rachel, focuses primarily on wedding and event branding, paper goods, and styling. She started calligraphy when she was planning her own wedding. What started as a need for her own wedding quickly turned into her passion and business. For Rachel calligraphy is a way to relax and enjoy creating beautiful keepsakes for myself and others.

gather will provide beer, wine and snacks to fuel your creativity. And our lovely host, Neeko will give you a special discount on purchases while you’re there! Be sure to sign soon, spaces will fill up fast.

For continued practice at home you can purchase a modern calligraphy kit after the class for an additional $25! The kit includes extra nibs, a straight calligraphy pen (different than in class), a copy of the alphabet workbook, extra practice sheets, and a variety of fun paper and envelopes to send cards and make art pieces. Everything you would need for continued practice or to gift to a artistic friend! 

What: gather's Modern Calligraphy Workshop: $95

When: Thursday May 16th 7-9:30p

Where: Neeko - 2505 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

(note this workshop will not be held at gather in San Francisco)

Register now - Hurry space is limited!

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Natural Perfume Workshop at Dandelion Post

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Join gather on Sunday May 12th at 11a for our beginner natural perfume workshop with Jessica Hannah. For this class we are headed to Oakland to pop up at our favorite shop, Dandelion Post. You will learn about the history and art of natural perfumes while creating a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.

Beginner Natural Perfume Workshop Includes:

  • 15 natural essential oils and absolutes to sample

  • Your formula blended into a .25 oz spray-bottle

  • A Mini bag for your perfume

  • A take home guide

  • A lively and educational discussion about botanical essences, distillation, and history

  • A mixing session guided by a trained natural perfumer

  • Your formula saved for future refills

Teacher Jessica Hannah is an award winning natural perfumer, educator, curator and artist.  Jessica lives and works from her studio in San Francisco, CA. 

This two hour class includes mimosa and light brunch snacks. And our lovely host, Dandelion Post will give you a special discount on purchases while you’re there! Be sure to sign soon, spaces will fill up fast.

What: Natural Perfume Workshop - $95

When: Sunday May 12th at 11am

Where: Dandelion Post - 421 40th St, Oakland, CA

(note this workshop will not be held at gather in San Francisco)

Register now - Hurry space is limited!

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We're Moving! Join us on our next chapter!

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We have BIG news to share with you: we are making some exciting changes to gather and moving from our Hayes Valley location!

Connecting people with local artists at our workshops has become one of the most special parts of gather so we have decided to focus on that full time.

In early April, we will be closing our shop at 541 Octavia and winding down the retail component of the business.

In May we will continue hosting our popular workshops; popping up at some our favorite businesses around the bay area. Check out the entire event/workshop schedule!

Our goal is to open a dedicated workshop and event space to continue to expand our offerings- stay tuned!

Over the past five years we have absolutely loved curating the work of over 250 artists in our shop. It’s something we couldn’t have done without you. We have the most amazing customers and want to celebrate this next chapter with you!

We will be throwing a party on March 31st 4pm- 6pm at our Hayes Valley store and if we would love if you could be there to celebrate with us. Shop our discounted goods and drink bubbly with us! RSVP and tell all your friends!

Warmly,

Christian and Daisy

P. S. We're starting to mark down merchandise in the shop today. Come by and snag items from your favorite gather makers while you can. And if you are interested in any of our furniture or fixtures we are selling lots of goodies via our website here (pick up only).

P. P. S. Congrats if you got all the way to this part - another surprise for you! We’re welcoming baby boy #3 this Summer!

The Shops Sale at Head West

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Join us Saturday March 16th from 11a-5p at Old Oakland as we pop up for our famous Shops Sale! We are a group of locally owned bay area shops and designers getting together for our bi-annual super sales shopping experience. We are joining forces with Head West, a new market place for emerging brands to showcase their hand-made goods and unique talents. 

Come check out the market and help us all make room for our new Spring merchandise and snag beautiful tops, dresses, jackets, jewelry, and more. Each boutique/designer will be bringing past season items discounted 50% to 80% off! Show up early for the best selection.

You won't want to miss this epic sale event!

The Shops Sale at Head West

Saturday March 16th from 11a-5p

806 Washington St, Oakland, CA

Girls' Night In Book Club: The Immortalists

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Join us at gather on Wednesday February 6th at 6:30p as we host Girls' Night In for their monthly book club.  Every month, they choose one book to read together as a community and we are so excited to host them for the 3rd time in our shop. We will be reading The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. "The tale of four siblings and their journeys through life. A visit to a fortune teller leaves the siblings with knowledge of their date of deaths. A story that examines destiny versus choice and illusions versus reality." Gather with other women in San Francisco for a great book discussion, mingling, shopping (a discount on merchandise!), and light refreshments! We'll start discussing The Immortalist around 7p and wrap up right around 8:30p.

Girls' Night In readers and non-readers are welcome.

Ticket price includes drinks and snacks. Snag you spot here.

The Girls’ Night In brand and community was built on the belief that as our lives get busier, the more important it is to take a break and chill out. With mental health issues rising and rates of loneliness increasing in a society that’s “always on,” we believe that taking a break and cultivating friendships is a crucial part of what wellness means for women, whether that means getting in some “me time” with a good book or rounding up friends for a fun girls’ night in. 

Girls’ Night In Book Club

Wednesday February 6th at 6:30p-8:30p

gather - 541 Octavia St, San Francisco

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New Years Sale

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Did you hear? We are having a BIG SALE on ALL clothing in the shop! Take 15% off all regular priced men's, women's, and kids clothes and enjoy an ADDITIONAL 30% off any clothing already discounted! That's over 50% off some of our favorite indie brands! Can't make it in to the shop? Use the code "JAN15" for 15% off clothing in our online shop. Sale lasts though the end of the month!

Mien Pop Up

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We're so excited to be hosting Mien through the holidays for a special limited Pop Up at gather! Their women's clothing is modern, functional, and ethically made. Their matching kids clothing is unisex and made with the same soft fabric. Made right here in California, their clothing can be worn throughout pregnancy, nursing, or just any time you want to look beautiful. Visit us now through December 31st to shop their sophisticated pieces in person.

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Paint-by-Number Holiday Card Workshop

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In this workshop you will receive a boxed holiday card set. Each kit comes with (8) 5x7 identical flat cards ready to paint, (8) envelopes, (8) non-toxic, acrylic paints, and a set of (2) paintbrushes. We will also have on hand extra paint brushes and local artist and owner of gather Daisy McClellan to assist you.

Contents:

  • (8) 5x7 flat cards, printed with lines, numbers, and pre-printed background

  • (8) A7 envelopes

  • set of (8) non-toxic, acrylic paint pots with hand-mixed paint

  • set of paintbrushes (size .5 and 2)

  • instructions

Price includes everything mentioned in the kit above for you to take and finish the remaining cards at home plus mimosas, snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that day (hello holiday shopping!)

No painting experience necessary!

Paint-by-Number Holiday Card Workshop : $45

Saturday December 1st: 10a-noon

gather- 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA

Space is Limited - Register now! 

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Knit Hat Workshop

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Join us Thursday November 29th at 7p at gather for new Knit Hat Workshop. Knitting in the round can be intimidating, but Cara from Cara Corey Designs will make it easy for you with a simple pattern that is suitable for beginners. Using super chunky yarn and a circular knitting needle, you will learn how to knit rounds with a seamless design. You will have a cute winter beanie in no time! Cara will have a variety of wool and acrylic yarns available for you to choose from. You will also learn how to add an optional pom pom to your hat. 

Price includes includes yarn and a circular knitting needle for you to take home to make more hats perfect for gifting this holiday. This two hour class also includes wine, snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that day.

Knit Hat Workshop : $65

Thursday November 29th: 7-9p

gather- 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA

Space is Limited - Register now!

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