What is Hello Stitch?

Hello Stitch is a community-based textile studio that offers workshops, communal work space, a gallery space, and community events. We also provide domestic and industrial sewing machine sales and quilt finishing services. We believe that learning how to sew is about building skills. At Hello Stitch, we will help you build these skills and give you the space, tools and support you'll need to love what you create!

Who is Hello Stitch?

Stacey, Terri and Kristen met through the East Bay quilting community and experienced first-hand how the simple act of coming together to sew and share their creativity with friends enriched their lives.  And so, in 2016, the idea for Hello Stitch Studio was born at Kristen's kitchen table. With the concept of creating a modern interpretation of the quilting bee, the studio fosters community through social meet-ups, classes and open studio work. Our goal is to provide a venue for people with a common interest in sewing to come together to share, learn, and grow together.  


We love sewing and believe that there is something special about working with textiles. We look forward to sharing that feeling with you!


Terri Carpenter

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Terri's passion for sewing began with quilting (over 20 years ago!) and has evolved to include many different varieties of textile art. She currently enjoys expanding her handmade wardrobe, embroidery, quilt design and longarm quilting. When not at the studio, she enjoys being in the great outdoors getting inspired for her work. She loves to create things that fill people's lives with cheer and beauty, and enjoys helping others on their handmade journey as well.


Kristen Takakuwa

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Kristen learned to sew at the young age of 8 and sewing has been a lifelong habit ever since. She has been teaching sewing to adults and kids for the last 10 years, and loves nothing more than sharing her skills and enthusiasm for sewing with others. Originally a garment sewist, she expanded her repertoire to include quilting as well. When she’s not in the sewing studio, you can find her driving carpools, playing with food and talking to cats. 

Stacey Sharman

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Stacey is a textile junkie who started sewing on an antique treadle sewing machine at the age of 8 and was addicted to counted-cross stitch in high school.  She loves vintage textiles and has done antique carpet restoration for almost 20 years. She loves the history behind handmade objects and helping people make their own handcrafted history. She also has a habit of falling in love with vintage and industrial sewing machines.

Studio Assistants & Teachers

Antonia Armada

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Antonia is a Bay Area artist with an extensive background in textile art & garment sewing. She has been sewing professionally for 12 years including work in lingerie production sewing as well as costume production and design.

Chelsea Hard

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Chelsea made her first quilt perched on the edge of the couch with her sewing machine on the coffee table. Now practicing better ergonomics, she is an avid quilt maker and enjoys all aspects of sewing by both hand and machine.  When not purchasing craft supplies she’ll only use once or actively avoiding organizing her studio, she is the President of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild and an award winning jam maker. Chelsea  currently resides in the East Bay with her two sewing machines. 


Valerie Gibbins

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Valerie is a native of Oakland and a lifelong sewist. She recently moved back to the Bay Area after attending graduate school in Philadelphia and working as a Textile Designer in North Carolina. Her obsession with fabric and passion for creating with her hands has provided her with knowledge in multiple areas of design: apparel, textiles, and accessories. In addition to her design knowledge, Valerie brings her teaching experience to Hello Stitch, where she hopes to encourage confidence in everyone's creative abilities. 

Beth Galvin

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Beth started sewing at age 7 and can sew everything from casual knit tops to tailored jackets to over the top party dresses. She has a popular sewing blog, Sunnygal Studio where she shares her tips and tricks and she also blogs for Craftsy. Beth loves to help people get the pattern they love to fit the way they want. She is brilliant at adding stylish little details that make your projects look professional and special, but what's even better is that she has figured out how to make it easier! 

Claire Sherman

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Inspired by a neighbor’s Victorian crazy quilt, Claire started making her first quilt at age 13. There were no quilters in her family, so she taught herself, making it up as she went along. Twenty years after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in ceramics, she rediscovered her love of quilting and improvisational quilting is still her favorite method of design. Claire has taught workshops in quilting and other crafts for adults and children throughout California.

Carolyn Weil

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Happiest with a needle and thread in her hands, Carolyn is a prolific quilter with may stitches and techniques under her belt. A teacher at heart, she loves to shares her extensive knowledge with novice and experienced students alike.