Annisquam Exchange to open soon!

The Annisquam Exchange will open for the season on Thursday, June 24th, with Covid precautions and scaled-back days/hours:

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Only, 10 am to 4 pm

Furniture Sale and season closing date to be determined.

Note: There is no in-shop phone. Please contact us by email at and we will get back to you ASAP , In case of an urgent message, call Sandra at 610-955-9088.

ASC at the Annisquam Farmers’ Market July 2nd

Bake Sale

The talented bakers of the Annisquam Sewing Circle are again offering delicious items again at the Annisquam Farmers’ Market. In addition to the baked goods, there will be a large selection of beautiful, cut flowers again!

Friday, July 2, 9:00 am – Noon
On the lawn between The Annisquam Exchange and the Village Hall
32 Leonard St., Gloucester  MA  01930

Summer is nearly here…

4th of July PieThe Members of the ASC take to summer off from regular meetings which were held online. That does not mean they are not busy with ASC projects!

They will be busy preparing for a repeat of the successful Bake Sale as part of the Annisquam Farmers’ Market.

Stay tuned for details!

Fishermen’s Woolen Nippers


Earlier members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle knit nippers like this one.

Fishermen working trawl lines in the 19th century often suffered cuts and rope burns on their hands. They typically wore mittens or gloves to protect themselves when hauling the long lines aboard and removing the fish. These sturdy but soft rings, called nippers, are knitted of woolen yarn and stuffed with more wool. They would have fit around a fisherman’s palms, protecting his hands while his fingers remained free for tasks requiring dexterity.

These nippers were probably made in Gloucester, Mass., for use by local fishermen working on offshore schooners. The shallow, fertile banks stretching from Georges Bank east of Nantucket to the Grand Bank off Newfoundland, Canada, were prime fishing areas for Gloucestermen. Cod, haddock, and halibut were the principal species caught by fishermen working aboard schooners in these waters in the late 19th century.

These nippers were among the fishermen’s clothing, tools, and apparatus featured by the United States in the 1883 International Fisheries Exhibition in London.

ID Number:
Place Made:
Gloucester, Massachusetts
5 in x 3.365 x 1.7717; 12.7mm x 85 x 45 mm
U.S. Fish Commission

Holiday Greetings!

This will be a different holiday season for all of us. As the New Year approaches we are looking forward to new experiences, new friends, new opportunities to reach out and help our families, friends and neighbors while cherishing our past, our families, long-time friends and memories.

The Annisquam Sewing Circle held a very successful Christmas Fair within the membership as well as our faithful wreath customers despite ‘social distancing’ and the concerns for our community. The funds raised will go to Cape Ann’s wonderful charitable organizations as they struggle to keep up with the requirements of the residents.

Thank you for your support! If you would like to be alerted when the next ASC event will take place, please send an email to As a Thank You Gift, you will receive a favorite ASC recipe.


Annisquam Sewing Circle 2021 Christmas Fair

Thank you to those of you who ordered your wreaths. The funds raised will be donated to Cape Ann organizations focusing on children and families.

We hope to see you on the first Saturday of December 2021 at the Annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair 2021 at the Village Hall.

Until then, please stay well and enjoy the coming year.

If you would like to be notified of the 2021 Annisquam Sewing Circle events, drop a line to:

As a Thank You to you we will send you a favorite ASC recipe.