Mending Workshop

Mending Workshop

Sashiko Mending Workshop with Katrina Rodabaugh
Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1-4:30
with Brooklyn Flea at Industry City
Brooklyn, NY


I’m thrilled to be offering a mending workshop with Brooklyn Flea on Saturday, June 16 from 1-4:30 at their indoor location at Industry City. Sashiko 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 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 traditional mending techniques like Boro, Sashiko, quilting, darning and their modern applications in Visible Mending and Slow Fashion. You’ll also consider “mendfulness” or applying mindfulness to fashion and the creative opportunity in repair.

This workshop will lead participants through a design project that uses improvised Sashiko stitches to make a coaster or “tea quilt” before turning to your personal garments that need repairing. Each student will receive an individual consultation on how best to mend the garment they brought to class. Students will leave the workshop with a design project, mended garment in-progress, various resources, and several materials provided. Basic sewing and stitching skills are required. Based on the limits of the venue, workshop is limited to just 10 participants. This will allow for an intimate class with abundant one-on-one time for feedback and assistance.

Materials: Sashiko thread, sashiko needles, fabrics for Tea Quilt, and printed pamphlets are included in the cost of the workshop; tools will be provided to share onsite. Please bring your own garment to mend and a patch of similar fabric—- denim jeans should be mended with denim scraps, linen pants with a linen patch, etc. I will have limited patches, primarily denim, but please bring your own patch to best match your garment. Optional: If readily available, please bring your own fabric scissors, ruler, thimble, and straight or safety pins, though these materials will be available to share.

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Meet the Teacher:

Katrina Rodabaugh
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. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade, secondhand, or ethical garments instead of fast fashion. She teaches mending and natural dye workshops across the United States and she writes, exhibits artwork, and organizes events to raise awareness for sustainable fashion.

Her work has appeared in galleries, magazines, theaters, books, juried craft fairs, and alternative arts venues across the country. She published her first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books in January 2015. She’s received artist awards, grants, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Creative Capacity Fund, and Instar Lodge among others. Her former blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. She has a BA degree in Environmental Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry and book arts, though her textile training started at the side of her mother’s sewing machine several decades ago. Katrina grows, forages, and harvests dye plants near her 1820s farmhouse and converted barn studio in the Hudson Valley.

Venue and Location:
This workshop will be held with the Brooklyn Flea at their Industry City indoor location. This location is at 241- 37th Street, Brookyn, NY. The flea market is open from 10am-5pm and our workshop will be located at a booth inside the flea market from 1-4:30pm. Please allow ample time to arrive, find the booth, and settle in so we can begin by 1pm. (Above image from the Brooklyn Flea website.)

$150 includes an afternoon workshop, various materials, printed instruction booklet, tools to share, numerous resources, individual mending consultations on one garment, and a creative experience with like-minded community.


Cancellation Policy:
I reserve the right to cancel this workshop at any time. If I cancel this program, you will receive a refund. Refunds: Registration fee is refundable up to 30-days before the start of the workshop only (minus processing fees). No credit or refund is available if you cancel less than 30-days before the start of the class; if you do not show up; or if you leave the workshop early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend the class and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content, which I do not anticipate as I work diligently to offer thoughtful, professional, and generous classes. If an emergency arises within 30-days of the workshop, I will accept a transfer to another student should there be another interested participant–- I will not promote your transfer online but will work with you if there is an existing wait list or if you want to transfer to a friend or family member directly. Please understand this cancellation policy before you register–- Thank you for supporting my work. It means the world.