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Available Workshops

Hand Mending Knits: Repair techniques for sweaters

Fall makes us want to pull out our favorite knitwear. Your favorite sweater, sock, or knit piece is always worth mending and using from year to year. Pull out any knits you may have and bring them on down to mend. During this group workshop, you will learn classic darning and reweaving techniques on knits. You'll have a variety of yarn and thread to chose from for darning and stabilizing.

Elizabeth will guide the group through various tools, materials, and solutions. She will offer help specific to the type of mend required. Everyone will try various stitches and learn how to choose techniques that will make a strong, long-lasting repair. 

 


Sashiko Stitching

A traditional technique from Japan, Sashiko means "little stabs," which perfectly describes the distinctive running stitch that defines Sashiko's style.

During this small group workshop, Elizabeth will teach basic decorative Sashiko Stitching Techniques including turns, stitch spacing, tool use, and more. You will learn about the history of the art and how to use Sashiko in both a decorative and functional way.

Everyone will take home their own Sashiko sampler, and a beginner's kit including thimble, thread, and needles to complete the sampler and continue to develop the art of Sashiko embroidery on their own.

Hand Mending Denim: Visible + Decorative Repair Techniques

Gather up all of your favorite frayed, ripped, worn, and snagged denim jackets, jeans, and chambray shirts! You know those pieces that you've been meaning to mend? Now is your chance!

During this group workshop, you will learn visible mending and Sashiko/Boro techniques on denim and best practices for patching and repairing. We'll provide a variety of denim, linen, and vintage fabrics to chose from for patching and stabilizing.

Elizabeth will guide the group through various tools, materials, and solutions. She will offer help specific to the type of mend required. Everyone will try various stitches and learn how to choose techniques that will make a strong, long-lasting repair. 


Mending Forward: modern applications for Historical Mending techniques

Before Amazon Prime and fast fashion what you owned had to last. Historically, individuals repaired and reworked the things they owned over and over again, passing down practical skills from generation to generation. Many of these artifacts and textiles bear the marks of mending as testimony to their value and usefulness.

In this seminar-style presentation, Elizabeth will use a combination of mended artifacts and photographs to illustrate the importance and value of repair, especially in light of the impact society has on the environment. She will also explain specific mending techniques to participants and give practical ideas on how to apply what she’s learned from studying historical repairs to our modern lives and objects.

 

 

I am available to teach workshops throughout the year. If you are interested in having me teach a workshop for your organization or group please get in touch.