Stitch Buffalo was founded in 2014 and began with the simple desire to gather and create. Initially starting with a single refugee woman, it has now grown into a thriving community of over 55 women from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Thailand and Angola. Each week these women come together to form a Refugee Women’s Workshop, sewing handcrafted goods for sale within the community.
Stitch Buffalo aims to empower refugee women of Buffalo by providing meaningful work and a fair wage. Like the domino effect, this small but powerful financial independence infuses each woman, her family and in turn, her community. Through the creation of beautiful, handcrafted textiles, she is nurturing her cultural heritage while assuring her self-worth as a woman and a human being.
Educate Individuals in contemporary textile design methods;
Nourish and honor global textile traditions;
Provide cross-cultural interaction, fostering a supportive social network;
Stimulate literacy skills;
Improve financial opportunities;
Educate consumers in re-use of textile goods;
Promote sustainability and environmental stewardship;
Create a community of women supporting women.
Dawne Hoeg is the founder and co-director of Stitch Buffalo and the Refugee Women’s Workshop.
Inspired by her professional life in the city of Buffalo Dawne founded Stitch Buffalo in 2014. A creative at heart, Dawne has always loved the textile arts and has centered her career around this discipline. Concurrently working in the Textile and Fiber Arts Design Department at Buffalo State College she also fills the role of handwork teacher at the Aurora Waldorf School.
Joanna Stott is co-director of Stitch Buffalo and the Refugee Women’s Workshop.
Relocating to Buffalo from England, Joanna joined Stitch Buffalo in 2016 as a volunteer before partnering with Dawne Hoeg to realize the new vision of the organization. As an educator working with under-served portions of the community, a homemaker and an impassioned crafter she found her creative, community home in Stitch Buffalo.