Mending Matters Winter Stitching Retreat

Mending Matters Winter Stitching Retreat

Mending Matters Winter Stitching Retreat with Katrina Rodabaugh
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10am-5pm
at Katrina’s Barn Studio
Hudson Valley, NY


Mending Matters Winter Stitching Retreat: What better way to welcome winter than with hot cocoa, homemade cookies, little white string lights, and gathered in community with menders, makers, and stitchers by a cozy wood stove in Katrina’s barn studio? We can’t think of any other way we’d rather celebrate the season or the launch of Katrina’s second book, Mending Matters, than by hosting this one-day winter retreat at the Hudson Valley homestead.

Join us for a festive, hometown, slow stitching workshop in Katrina’s barn studio as we celebrate the launch of her newest book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More. This is the only east coast workshop scheduled as part of her fall 2018 book tour. She wanted to create a very special offering to mend, stitch, and muse on all things Slow Fashion from the center of her studio where the book, projects, and essays were made. This one-day retreat will be an intimate yet festive winter gathering–creating an opportunity to carve out time for creativity, reflection on the season, and consider mendfulness through making.

We’ll gather from 10am-5pm on Saturday, December 1 with a lovingly-prepared seasonal lunch; tea, coffee, hot cocoa and cookies; and the special fiber materials you’ll need to complete one seasonal stitch project or homemade ornament and mend one of your existing garments. We’ll gather by the wood stove in Katrina’s barn as we welcome winter with one of the most traditional winter crafts–mending. As a special gift, each participant will receive one complimentary, signed copy of her book, Mending Matters, at the workshop. To keep this group intimate we’re limiting tickets to just 10 people–imagining we’ll have more time for mending advice, slow fashion anecdotes, and prime spots by the cozy wood stove.

This workshop will lead participants through a design project that uses improvised Sashiko stitches to make a seasonal stitch project or handmade ornament before turning to your personal garments that need repairing. Each student will receive an individual consultation on how best to mend the one garment they brought to class. Students will leave the retreat with a design project, mended garment in-progress, various resources, and several materials provided. Basic sewing and stitching skills are required.

Materials: Sashiko thread, sashiko needles, fabrics for stitch project, full-color postcard, and printed pamphlets are included in the cost of the retreat; as a special gift, each participant will also receive one signed copy of Mending Matters; 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. Katrina will have limited patches, primarily mid-weight denim, but please bring your own patch to best match your garment.

You can BUY TICKETS here…

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 recently published her second book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, with Abrams Books in October 2018. 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 decades ago. Katrina is the mother of two young boys and together they tend chickens, bees, and large gardens at their 1820s farmhouse and converted barn studio in the Hudson Valley.

Venue & Location
This workshop will be held in the private barn studio of Katrina Rodabaugh in the Germantown area of the Hudson Valley, just two hours north of Manhattan. The exact address will be sent to attendees once registration forms have been completed and payment has been received in full. The studio is not accessible by public transportation as it sits on the family’s one-acre 1820s homestead in the beautiful agricultural region of Upstate NY. Attendees will need to drive to the retreat but parking is available on site.

As the retreat will be held in Katrina’s private studio, gatherings are intimate in nature and limited to minimal students to lessen the impact on the land, allow for an intimate gathering of like-minded folks, and foster deeper individual attention from the teacher/s. Also, weather depending, you might get to harvest herbs from the garden or visit the resident chickens and honeybees. For dye workshops, there are local parks, fields, and forests nearby for foraging local plant dyes though we usually harvest most materials directly from Katrina’s backyard. For stitching workshops, we’ll use the handmade tables and vintage chairs in the barn studio and thank the wood stove for keeping us so cozy.

The Hudson Valley hosts an incredible community of small, independent farms and inspiring eateries. In keeping with this regional culture all lunches will be lovingly and thoughtfully prepared by a local chef (Often by Katrina’s talented husband) using organic, local, seasonal produce whenever possible. Lunch will be included on Saturday and will be vegetarian but please let us know of any food allergies or preferences and we’ll work with you to make sure you’re nourished. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day with a special, festive afternoon snack of homemade cookies and hot cocoa. If you’re staying in the area for the weekend, Katrina can make several suggestions of delicious places to have dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and brunch on Sunday if you’re traveling from afar.

Accommodations & Lodging
There are many places to stay in the beautiful region of the Hudson Valley but here are some of Katrina’s favorites that are less than 20 minutes away from the studio. In addition, there are several beautiful Airbnb listings in the immediate region. The towns of Germantown, Red Hook, Tivoli, Hudson, Rhinebeck or Rhinecliff would be convenient from the studio location and, without knowing the exact address, would likely be less than 30 minutes away.
Hotel Tivoli in Tivoli, NY
Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY
Farmer & Sons in Hudson, NY
The Barlow in Hudson, NY
The Rhinecliff Hotel in Rhinecliff, NY
Or check out the Design Sponge guide to the Hudson Valley

$350 includes six hours of instruction for this one-day retreat; a copy of Katrina’s new book, Mending Matters; a delicious seasonal lunch; coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and homemade cookies; materials to make the stitching project or homemade ornament; printed instruction booklet; tools to share; numerous resources; individual mending consultations on one garment; and a creative experience with like-minded community. Please note: Each ticket is intended for one adult student (18 years or older) and as space is rustic and limited, we ask that children, pets, friends, or family members refrain from accompanying the ticket holder. Thank you so much.


Cancellation Policy:
Katrina reserves the right to cancel this workshop at any time. If she cancels this program, you will receive a refund. Refunds: There are no refunds available for this retreat; please be sure to check our work, personal, childcare, and seasonal calendar to be certain you can attend before you register. No credit or refund is available 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 we do not anticipate as we work diligently to offer thoughtful, professional, and generous classes. If an emergency arises, we will accept a transfer to another student should there already be another interested participant–- we will not promote your transfer 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 our work. It means the world.