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I am a Brooklyn mom/college teacher/social worker who has been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have been buying great things on Etsy for a long time as sstein. You can check out feedback, etc. over there where you will find out that I'm a prolific shopper.

The name of my shop comes form the song, "Union Made" written by Woody Guthrie in the 1940's.

It also comes form the unions my ancestors helped to establish in the garment district in New York City at the beginning of the last century. All day they sat and stitched clothing for a living; the famous "shirtwaist" style blouse ("shirtwaister in the UK) with buttons and a placket down the front. In their spare time they stood on street corners with leaflets and hand painted signs, trying to change the world. By starting unions, they saw to it that they and their fellow workers would no…

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  • Born on March 20
  • Joined August 27, 2007

Favorite materials

fabric, floss, paints, inks, screenprints, stencils, markers, threads

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About

I am a Brooklyn mom/college teacher/social worker who has been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have been buying great things on Etsy for a long time as sstein. You can check out feedback, etc. over there where you will find out that I'm a prolific shopper.

The name of my shop comes form the song, "Union Made" written by Woody Guthrie in the 1940's.

It also comes form the unions my ancestors helped to establish in the garment district in New York City at the beginning of the last century. All day they sat and stitched clothing for a living; the famous "shirtwaist" style blouse ("shirtwaister in the UK) with buttons and a placket down the front. In their spare time they stood on street corners with leaflets and hand painted signs, trying to change the world. By starting unions, they saw to it that they and their fellow workers would no longer have to work in unsafe conditions, seven days a week. They also left us an understanding of the importance and value of people, whether they are rich or poor, American or "foreign," entrepeneur or worker. I'm proud to follow in their footsteps.

I sell new and old clothing that I've snipped, painted, sewn, re-sewn, embroidered and embellished in ALL SIZES. Please be sure to check measurements since different clothing lines size their clothing VERY differently. One makers extra-large is another persons's idea of a teeny-tiny top. I happily offer exchanges if your item doesn't fit or meet your expectations
since buying clothing online is not as clear cut as buying it in person.

I started SoapBox Tees so that people can express their feelings about the war, democracy, and our country while still looking cute and trendy!

Memorial Tees are a series in the Soapbox Tee line that honors those who have died in the war by naming them, and telling the world a bit about them. I protect the privacy of the families by using first names only. Names and information are taken from public accounts of Ameican service men and women who have died in the war, as well as those of Iraqi civilians. War comes at a very dear cost, and at times we need a little reminder about what this cost is. War takes and ruins lives. Memorial Tees try to remind the world what this cost is. Wouldn't it be wonderful if, by wearing a Memorial Tee, we could play a role in decreasing the number of these devastating losses?

If you have any questions, PLEASE, drop me a line. I'll be happy to try to help and/or answer your question(s).

BTW, one of these days I'm going to start a "club" of Etsyans who were born on March 20th! Believe it or not, I've stumbled across quite a few. (Maybe the craft Gods were smiling that day).

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