Into the Mystic :: Stitching a New Story

Stitching a New Story

Taught by:

Karen Stevens

Offered:

offered throughout the week

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:

  • A favorite well worn garment (or two) i.e. jeans, woven shirts, lightweight jackets. No heavy canvas or knits please
  • Small embroidery scissors for cutting thread
  • Sharp hand-sewing needles with eyes large enough for 3-stranded embroidery floss

OPTIONAL, but not necessary

  • Small scraps of your favorite fabric