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Virginia Johnson
Site #12
599 High Street

Textiles, domestic arts

Virginia B. Johnson is the owner of "gather here," Cambridge's first stitch lounge located at 370 Broadway. "gather here" is also a boutique fabric and fibers shop carrying hand-selected naturals for the discerning maker. Virginia teaches a variety of sewing and embroidery classes.

Prior to opening the shop Virginia designed the costumes for the American Masters special, "Becoming Helen Keller" starring Tony & Golden Globe winning actress, Cherry Jones. In the fall of 2010 Virginia was the Wheaton College Artist-In-Residence, designing costumes, hair and makeup for the Department of Theatre and Dance production of "The Importance of Being Earnest."

In January of 2011, Virginia's primary teacher of all things handmade, Nita E. Johnson, passed away. The loss of her grandmother has been what has energized her efforts to continue teaching others the beauty of the domestic arts. You can read Virginia's memorial to Nita at: http://greenisthenewblack.squarespace.com/hanging-out/2011/1/10/a-memorial-to-nita-johnson-aka-grandma-johnson.html