Sashiko Mending - Sun 10/29
Sashiko Mending - Sun 10/29
with Katrina Rodabaugh
Sunday, October 29th 10am-2:30pm
Location: 442 Warren St
This traditional Japanese sewing technique lends itself beautifully to contemporary crafts. Sashiko is the perfect stitch to mend existing garments and embrace the creative opportunity in repair while extending the lifespan of our wardrobe. In this workshop, we’ll discuss traditional techniques like Boro, Sashiko, embroidery, and quilting and their modern applications in Visible Mending and Slow Fashion. We’ll also consider “mendfulness” and the need to shift our wardrobes towards more personal and less perfect. This workshop will lead participants through the making of one Sashiko potholder while sharing various inspiration for continuing beyond the classroom. Participants will also have the opportunity to mend an existing garment with the instructor’s assistance so they can leave the workshop with greater confidence and skill. (Denim jeans, wool sweaters, or beloved outwear are great options for visible mending.) Basic sewing and stitching skills are required.
Supplies: All necessary materials will be provided but please bring one garment for mending and, if desired, your fabric patches of choice. Optional: Your own fabric scissors, straight pins, and thimble. Sashiko thread, Sashiko needles, and potholder fabric will be provided along with additional tools to share. Please note: Patches should match the weight and texture of the garment being mended so denim jeans are best patched with denim, wool coats with wool, and linen dresses with linen. An assortment of patches will be provided but if you want a specific patch, please bring it with you.
Sustenance: Light snacks and beverages will be provided. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch. Bring your own or step out onto Warren Street and avail yourself of the many delicious lunch options!
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 various 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 by Quarry Books in January 2015. After 10 years in Oakland, CA she recently moved with her family to the Hudson Valley to renovate a 200-year-old farmhouse and convert a carriage barn into art studios. Visit: www.katrinarodabaugh.com