Hip Stitch In the Community
Giving back is at the core of the Hip Stitch mission. We think it exemplifies the spirit of quilting, which is the true "Spirit of the West".
It's that "Spirit of the West" where one helps raise the barn or school in their town, participates in the regional cattle round-up, harvests the apples or honey at the apple bee or the honey bee, and yes, makes the quilt at the quilting bee. These things are done not because they directly benefit the person doing them, but because they bind together a community, and because "paying it forward" makes the world a better place
Women To Be
Hip Stitch, is pleased to support Women to Be. We host regular sew-ins in our lounge, provide materials and more to further their work.
This charitable group is dedicated to three key principles:
1. All girls deserve dignity & opportunity for success in life.
2. As the greatest untapped resource known to humankind, girls have the potential to elevate the quality of life for everyone on the planet.
3. Menstrual health is not a women's problem, but a human rights issue.
Women To Be Website
Baskets of Hope
Basket of Hope national website
Basket of Hope Albuquerque Contact
Hip Stitch is pleased to be a drop-off point for Project Linus.
Here's a bit about the Project Linus mission, but see their website for more.
Hip Stitch of Albuquerque is please to support Project Linus because they seek to provide love, and a sense of security, warmth and comfort for children who are seriously ill, traumatized and otherwise in need with the gift of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Because Project Linus seeks to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children, we're pleased to support them, since that fits with the Hip Stitch mission.
Project Linus National Website
Project Linus Albuquerque Chapter Website
Beads of Courage
Hip Stitch is glad to be able to provide support to the Beads of Courage Program, which is a resilience-based intervention that supports and strengthens children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that mark milestones they achieve along their treatment path.
Beads of Courage Website
And other charities, too...
As a community involved, Albuquerque sewing center we contributed a hand-cranked sewing machine, converted from electric by our sewing machine repair technician to Albuquerque's Explora museum. Our sewing machine repair technician also created a "skeleton" machine which displays all the inner workings of a sewing machine so youngsters can gain a better understanding of how sewing machines work. We helped to outfit the Explora "maker's lab" with sewing machines, too.
We're happy to support the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Sewing Guild in their "First Day of School" project, which puts a new hand-sewn outfit on deserving kindergartners for their first day of school.