Sashiko and Other Mending – Love Your Clothes! Class ONLINE
Friday, MARCH 12, 1:00-3:00pm MDT
Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
Join Tracy Bellehumeur, local book and fiber artist, to learn how to extend the life of your jeans, sweater, or socks with a variety of mending techniques, including Sashiko mending. Literally translated, Sashiko means “little stabs”, and is a visible form of decorative stitching that began out of necessity in the 1600s in Japan. Poor communities lacked the means to buy new textiles, so they repaired clothes and other items with what was available: a needle, some thread, and scraps of fabric. By mending holes and tears we can change our consumption habits, while also adding a certain beauty and uniqueness to what we wear. In this introductory class, Tracy teaches you how to sew a basic patch, add decorative sashiko stitching, mend a hole in a wool sweater, and darn socks. She will provide you a mending kit contained in an old tea tin, which includes a skein of white sashiko thread, embroidery floss, a leather thimble, chalk, pins, two Sashiko needles, and some denim patches. She also includes some wool roving and a felting needle to patch holes in a sweater. Tracy carries her mending with her often and loves mending for the meditative feeling that comes with stitching, and for the knowledge that she's saving something that can be loved a bit longer by her or her family. Come join her to learn how to love your clothes!
To receive your kit in time for class, register by Feb 26 if outside Colorado or March 5 if in Colorado. We ship the kits via USPS Mail and will email you the tracking number. If you are a Boulder local, you can pick up your kit from our Pearl Street location by choosing “curbside pick-up” when registering. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.
Class Kit Includes: tea tin for kit, skein of white sashiko thread, embroidery floss, leather thimble, chalk, pins, two sashiko needles, wool roving, a felting needle, and denim patches. Kits will begin shipping at least 3 weeks before the class date or earlier.
Please bring the following materials:
-A piece of clothing with a tear or hole
-Your own mending kit if you have one
-Optional: extra bits of fabric
Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the morning of the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations made 3 weeks before class can either be refunded or used to pay for another class. If the class kit has already been shipped at the time of cancellation, the price of the kit plus shipping will be deducted from the refund amount. Two Hands Paperie retains a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. For cancellations made after the cancellation deadline, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee cannot be transferred to pay for another class. You may, however, gift the class along with the class kit to someone else; just notify us of the switch. These policies are to ensure that THP and teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 4 students are enrolled one week before. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be contacted via email and refunded the FULL class fee.
Tracy Bellehumeur is a local book artist, engineer, crafter, and beekeeper. Her first introduction to book arts was in 2001 at a University of Colorado class given by Mia Semingson, the co-owner of Two Hands Paperie. Tracy took to book making like a bee to honey, recognizing it as an art and craft that brought together many of her passions – photography, sculpture, drawing, the digital arts, and technology. She likes working in miniature with sculptural elements and photography, and is constantly experimenting with ways to create unusual structures such as dioramas, art books, shadowboxes, laser cut objects, little clocks, and other small wonders. She loves to teach and leads an eclectic group of workshops throughout the area and at community events.
Tracy is one of the founding members of BeeChicas, a Boulder-based voice and tireless advocate for pollinators. The group organizes the Boulder Pollinator Appreciation Month and can be found on the Boulder Library rooftop tending the bees. Their website www.beechicas.com describes Tracy best: geological engineer turned creative mastermind, urban homesteader, epic bike journeyer, energetic educator, craft curator, ukulele maestro, and artisan bread baker. Tracy is also the Creative Technologist at the Broomfield Maker Space. Learn more about her at https://www.instagram.com/beefarmgirl/andhttps://beefarmgirl.wordpress.com/