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Visible Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh

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Visible Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh

We are very sorry to announce that this class is postponed until further notice. We decided to leave it on the website to give you an example of the variety of classes that we offer. Please check back again soon! In the meantime, stay healthy and safe. With love, Team BGS 

Saturday, May 2nd 2020

2 - 5:30 pm

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
hand-stitching technique that lends itself beautifully to contemporary repairs. Katrina will
lead the group in a discussion of cross-cultural mending techniques like Japanese Boro
and Sashiko, American patchwork quilting, and European darning and their modern
applications in Visible Mending and Slow Fashion. The class will also consider
“mendfulness” or applying mindfulness to fashion and the creative opportunity in repair.
This workshop will lead participants through an overview of basic stitches and repair
techniques before turning to a garment that needs mending. Each student will receive
an individual consultation on how best to repair one garment considering fabric, thread,
color, lines, utility, and more. Students will leave the workshop with a stitching sampler,
mended garment (in-progress), various resources, and several materials. Basic sewing
and stitching skills are required.

Materials Provided:
Sashiko thread, Sashiko needles, fabrics for stitching sampler, postcard, ruler, and
printed pamphlets are included in the cost of the workshop; tools will be provided to
share onsite. Please bring one 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 midweight denim) but please bring your own patch to
best match the weight, color, and fiber of your garment. Optional: If readily available,
please bring your own fabric scissors, thimble, and straight or safety pins, though these
materials will also be available to share.

Teacher Bio:
Katrina Rodabaugh is an award-winning artist and writer working across disciplines to
explore environmental and social issues through craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks
the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. She’s the author of
the best-selling book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim
& More published by Abrams Books in 2018.

Since beginning her fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, in 2013 Katrina’s been teaching
workshops across the country sharing her techniques for mending, natural dyes, and
sustainable fashion. Her work has appeared in various books, magazines, blogs,
theaters, juried craft fairs, and alternative art venues like the tiny house built by her
husband. She received her BA in Environmental Studies and her MFA in Creative
Writing, though her fiber arts training started at the side of her mother’s sewing
machine. Katrina grows dye plants, tends chickens and bees, and hosts annual craft
retreats from her homestead in the Hudson Valley where she lives with her husband
and young sons. Visit or katrinarodabaugh on Instagram.

Photo Credit: All images by Karen Pearson for Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh published by Abrams Books.

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