FALL2018 STITCHING A NEW STORY

Stitching a New Story

Taught by:

Karen Stevens

Offered:

Thursday September 13th
CLOSED

Friday September 14th
CLOSED

Experience level: All Levels

Once upon a time, mending our clothes was a necessity, especially using pieces of well worn garments to extend the life of others.  It’s no wonder, in a society that is more likely to toss away our old objects that repurpose them, that the process of slow stitching is becoming more and more desired: a chance for quiet reflection, a pause in a busy day, and quite often time spent mending on the insides.

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.

Mended garments represent the passage of time, each piece of fabric it’s own narrative — each piece part of an intricately woven story, part of your story.

Kit fee: 5 USD

Materials:

 

  • YOUR KIT FEE PROVIDES:
    • Fabric scraps
    • Embroidery floss
    • Embroidery needle

    MATERIALS NEEDED:

    • A favorite well worn garment or two: jeans, denim jacket, woven shirt.. Your garment does NOT have to have holes, feel free to embellish as well!

    (No heavy canvas or knits please)

    OPTIONAL, but not necessary:

    • Sharp scissors for cutting fabric
    • Embroidery Scissors

    Additional embroidery needles or short sashiko needles.