Sashiko Mending, 11/3
Sashiko Mending, 11/3
with Katrina Rodabaugh
Saturday November 3rd, 10-1 OR 2-5
Limit 14 students
In celebration of her new book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, New York based author and artist Katrina Rodabaugh returns to California as part of her Fall 2018 book tour. Workshop includes stitching tutorials, mending instruction, Sashiko materials, and so many resources for a Slow Fashion wardrobe.
Mending is a wonderful way to practice hand-stitching and simultaneously participate in Slow Fashion. Simple stitches transform torn or distressed garments, homewares, and other textiles through thoughtful, beautiful repairs. Sashiko is a traditional Japanese hand-stitching technique that lends itself beautifully to contemporary crafts. It’s also the perfect stitch to mend existing garments or embellish textiles. Katrina will lead the group in a discussion of cross-cultural mending techniques like Japanese Boro and Sashiko, American quilting, and European darning and their modern applications in Visible Mending and Slow Fashion. The class will also consider “mendfulness” or applying mindfulness to fashion and the creative opportunity in repair.
This workshop will lead participants through an overview of basic Sashiko and embroidery stitches before turning to a personal garment that needs repairing. Each student will receive an individual consultation on how best to mend one garment considering fabric, fiber, thread, color, lines, techniques, and more. Students will leave the workshop with a stitching sampler, mended garment (in-progress), various resources, and several materials. Basic sewing and stitching skills are required.
Materials Provided: Sashiko thread, sashiko needles, fabrics for stitching sampler, postcard, and printed pamphlets are included in the cost of the workshop; tools will be provided to share onsite. Please bring one garment to mend and a patch of similar fabric—denim jeans should be mended with denim scraps, linen pants with a linen patch, etc. Katrina will have limited patches (primarily midweight denim) but please bring your own patch to best match the weight, color, and fiber of your garment. Optional: If readily available, please bring your own fabric scissors, ruler, thimble, and straight or safety pins, though these materials will also be available to share.
Books will be available for purchase and signing before and after class - limited quantity so first come, first serve.
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Her work has appeared in galleries, magazines, theaters, books, juried craft fairs, and alternative art venues across the United States. She received her BA in Environmental Studies and her MFA in Creative Writing where she focused on poetry and book arts, though her fiber arts training started as a child at the side of her mother’s sewing machine.
She’s received artist awards, grants, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Creative Capacity Fund, and the Country Living Magazine Blue Ribbon Blogger Award, among others. Her first book, The Paper Playhouse, was published in January 2015 and her second book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, publishes with Abrams Books in October 2018.
Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade or secondhand garments over factory fashion. She grows, forages, and harvests dye plants near her farmhouse in the Hudson Valley and teaches mending, natural dyes, and sustainable style workshops across the United States. Visit www.katrinarodabaugh.com or katrinarodabaugh on Instagram.