November at The Scrap Exchange

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I hope everyone is enjoying this awesome fall weather, leaves changing, and amazing sunsets – Lakewood has big sky! Tis’ the season to ramp up the holiday spirit, and the Scrap Exchange is the place to do it! We have events, classes, a Holiday Art Show in the Cameron Gallery, community happenings and a smashing good time on Black Friday!—come on in and have some fun and bring your friends and family.

A BIG shout out to Bryant Holsenbeck and her NEW book ,“The Last Straw,” documenting her year without disposable plastic—Truly inspiring and life changing! Her book signing is on Sunday, November 11th at the Scrap Exchange —more info below and come on out!

With gratitude,

Ann May Woodward


Hanunah Habeebullah has been volunteering with The Scrap Exchange for over ten years. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, she moved to the Raleigh area in 1983. After relocating to Durham in 2007, she discovered The Scrap Exchange at Foster street location and has been “hanging out with the organization ever since,” she said laughing.

After participating in The Scrap Exchange’s Craftland show, she expressed an interest in volunteering and was assigned to the Design Center because of her skills and willingness to share. Along with fellow volunteer, Christine Ramsey, Hanunah assists with sewing classes and provides the vital task of rehabilitating, servicing and testing donated sewing machines. She has a heart for the older machines because they sew almost anything and the weight of the machine means they don’t move around as much.  But for use in the Design Center, she prefers the Brother sewing machines because they are easier and more accessible machines for beginners.  “They are very affordable for the majority of folks who want to keep sewing,” she said.

She has also spent many hours processing donations of fabric and notions and participated in the volunteer fabric processing team called Rolling Thunder. But most of all, Hanunuh loves sharing her sewing expertise with a new generation of seamstresses. “I consider myself a wanna-be teacher and just like to share what I know with the community,” says Hanunah.

As a former contract stitcher, Hanunah helped launch many new businesses by producing their products and training their production teams. She has sewn prototypes of tents, medical bags and small batch fashion runs. “I made some dresses for a lady because she could get dozens of her design made in a factory but she couldn’t get just 2 dozen, so I made those for her,” she said. She once assisted a teacher who had designed a beautiful fabric clutch but did not know how to sew it. “Christine and I helped her learn how to sew her design and the woman went on to launch a very profitable business,” she remembers fondly.

Her ultimate dream for the Design Center is for it to have its own space apart from the store. She also hopes to pass on her love of repurposed or rescued material and notions to designers who may not be familiar with the concept of reuse. “I like to educate people about finding quality materials here and not needing to buy expensive, virgin materials. Some people that are into the real art of sewing want to buy the most expensive thread and materials. I find quality of thread out on the sales floor and don’t have to pay $7.00 a spool for it! I am frugal, so I use everything. I think that’s why I like the scrap Exchange because they encourage folks to use everything,” states Hanunah.

Hanunah’s business is called Asma’s Productions and she can be reached at (919) 559-7044 if you have a design you would like to bring to market.

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