Visible Mending. With Karen Stevens. Sunday, August 19, 2018. 12-3 PM. $45.00. $20.00 deposit holds your space. *CLASS FULL*
Once upon a time, mending our clothes was a necessity, using pieces of well worn garments to extend the life of others. In today’s world of fast fashion, we are more likely to toss away our old objects than repurpose them. But it is often our most loved clothing we don’t want to give up, perhaps in the comfort we feel when wearing it, or the memories it may hold.
In this class we are going to explore ways to bring slow stitching into our day — not only because it might help us give second life to something we are not ready to part with, but also because the very act of stitching is meditative, pleasurable and infinitely creative. Just like handwriting, no two people are going to stitch quite the same way. There are no special sewing skills needed: using a basic running stitch and some thread, you can turn the most threadbare garments into pieces that are not only functional, but beautiful.
Materials to bring: A favorite woven piece of clothing: a shirt, pair of jeans, lightweight jacket (No knits please). Jeans with no or minimal stretch is optimal. Scraps of woven fabric in various sizes, preferably cotton, linen or lightweight canvas. If you have your favorite sewing needle/embroidery thread you can bring it along, but all other materials will be provided.
About Karen: Her love of visible mending, natural fibers, hand dyed fabrics and slow stitching has recently turned into a small side business, creating one of a kind stitched curiosities for her friends and Etsy shop.