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Sashiko Visible Mending



Saturday 11/6, 12-4pm

Visible Mending celebrates resourcefulness and sustainability. This workshop will highlight the act of mending and textile repair with Sashiko Japanese Embroidery. With humble beginnings in rural Japan, Sashiko’s running stitch insulated work garments for warmth and longevity. Moving into contemporary times around the globe, the bold, geometric beauty of Sashiko continues to both strengthen and decorate fabrics. 

Students will learn how to finish frayed edges, patch a rip or hole, prepare their distressed textile in order to draw a Sashiko pattern over it. Most importantly, participants will employ the “small stabs” Sashiko stitching technique to repair or embellish their project! 

Students are asked to bring in a few personal items to assess for mending or decorating. Medium-weight, woven cotton fabrics work best; such as denim jeans, cotton pants, button-down shirts, cotton dresses, or natural fiber home goods such as tablecloths. 

 Vaccination and masking required. Upon registration please email a screenshot of your Excelsior pass or vaccination card to learn@beetleandfred.com.

 


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Materials Included: Students will receive a class kit ($20 value) which include a pair of Olympus needles, skeins of thread, sustainably sourced mending patches, resource lists and instruction guides.
Instructor: Rachel Barclay
Instructor Bio: Rachel Barclay studied Textiles, Installation Sculpture, Printmaking, and Elementary Education in San Francisco and Long Beach, California. Throughout her journey as a creator, educator, and parent, she has focused on making functional sewn and embellished garments, and mixed media textile objects. After learning Sashiko and Visible Mending with Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino, Rachel embraced the hand-work practice as an act of mindfulness, empowerment, beauty, and sustainability. She continues to study Sashiko Embroidery online with Kazue Yoshikawa of Sashiko Lab in Kyoto, Japan. Rachel shares her joy of hand-stitching with adults and children, alike, teaching workshops in Sashiko Japanese Embroidery Basics, Hand Sewn Drawstring Bags, and Visible Mending. Rachel stitches, mends, sews, reads teen fiction, journals, walks, and forages for natural dye materials. She lives in Middlebury, Connecticut alongside her woodworking spouse, Michael Pekovich, and their two young adult offspring. Follow her creative process on Instagram @rachelharrietteb
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