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Sashiko Visible Mending

Saturday April 15 from 1pm-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. 

This class will be held in the store at 171 Main Street.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Previous hand-sewing experience is helpful but not required.
Instructor: Rachel Barclay
Instructor Bio: 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 Connecticut alongside her woodworking spouse, Michael Pekovich, and their two young adult offspring. Follow her creative process on Instagram @rachelharrietteb
Includes Sashiko kit

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.