Sashiko Mending – Love Your Clothes! Class Oct 18
Sashiko Mending – Love Your Clothes! Online Class
Monday, Oct 18, 1-3:30pm MDT
Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your class kit in time for class, register by Sep 27 if outside Colorado or Oct 4 if in Colorado.
Join Tracy Bellehumeur, local book and fiber artist, to learn how to extend the life of your beloved jeans and other clothes with a variety of mending techniques. 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 they extended the usefulness of their clothes, plus added a certain beauty and uniqueness by happenstance to what they wore.In this introductory class you’ll learn how to sew a basic patch, add decorative sashiko stitching, reinforce threadbare parts of a sweater or jeans, and darn wool socks. Tracy will also explain which fabrics make the best patches for different garments. She’s provided basic mending supplies in a small tin: a skein of white sashiko thread, embroidery floss, a leather thimble, chalk, pins, two sashiko needles, and some small pieces of denim and other fabric. Tracy carries her own small kit with her everywhere, saying, “I love mending for the meditative feeling that comes with stitching, how easily portable it can be, and for the knowledge that I'm saving something that can be loved a bit longer by me or those close to me.” Spend an afternoon with Tracy and learn how to love your clothes!
This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.
Please bring the following materials:
- A piece of clothing with a tear or hole
- A wool sock that needs mending
- Your own mending kit if you have one
- Optional: extra bits of fabric
Class Kit Includes:
- Small tin to store mending materials
- Skein of white sashiko thread, plus embroidery floss and wool sock yarn
- Leather thimble
- Chalk, pins, two sashiko needles
- Some denim and other fabric patches
- Small recycled item that can be used to darn a sock
- Handout showing 4-6 stitches that will be used in class.
We ship class kits approximately 3 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number once your kit ships. 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.
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 day before 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 email@example.com.
Class Refund/Cancellation Policy
For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.
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 on Instagram @beefarmgirl and on her website https://beefarmgirl.wordpress.com/.