Sashiko Mending, 11/4
Sashiko Mending, 11/4
with Katrina Rodabaugh
Saturday November 4th, 10-2:30
Limit 15 students
This traditional Japanese sewing technique lends itself beautifully to contemporary crafts. Sashiko is the perfect stitch to mend existing garments or to create beautiful new textiles. In this workshop, we’ll discuss traditional techniques like Boro, Sashiko, Kantha, embroidery, and quilting and their modern applications in Visible Mending and Slow Fashion. We’ll also consider “mendfulness” and the creative opportunity in repair. This workshop will lead participants through the making of one Sashiko-inspired potholder while sharing various resources for continuing beyond the classroom. Participants will also have the option to mend an existing garment with the instructor’s help so they can leave the workshop with greater confidence and skill. (Denim jeans, jackets, or other heavy woven fabrics are great options for visible mending.) Basic sewing and stitching skills are required.
All necessary materials will be provided but please bring one garment for mending and a similar fabric to use as a patch (Denim jeans should be patched with denim, linen shirts with linen, etc.) Optional: Bring your own fabric scissors, thimbles, or rulers if you like. Sashiko thread, Sashiko needles, and potholder fabric will be provided along with various tools to share. If you’d like to use a special patch for mending your garment please bring one along—instructor will supply limited denim patches for mending.
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Her artwork, designs, and writing have appeared in galleries, theaters, magazines, and arts venues across the country. She’s received grants, residencies, and awards for her work and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she trained and taught in the Book Arts Studio. Her blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. She is currently on a fast fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to deepen her commitment to sustainable fashion, sewing, mending, and preserving garments. Her first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books was published in January 2015. After more than a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area she relocated with her family to a 200-year-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of NY in fall 2015. Visit: www.katrinarodabaugh.com