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Sashiko + Sip: Learning the Japanese Art of Visible Mending

  • Remade in Brooklyn 663 Driggs Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States (map)

Sashiko is an ancient Japanese stitching technique blending decorative and functional embroidery. In Japanese, its name means “little stabs” and in Brooklyn, we will employ this eye-catching technique to create new styles from our woven garments or textiles in need of a little TLC.

This month's SFC meetup is a LEARN/DO workshop that will lead participants through a project using Sashiko stitches to improve upon our denim (or canvas, etc.) garments in need of repair. Each student will receive an individual consultation on how best to mend the garment she/he brought to class. Students will leave the workshop with a starter project, a mended garment in-progress, and several sewing materials provided. Simple hand stitch skills suggested but not required. Based on the limits of the venue, workshop is limited to just 20 participants. This will allow for an intimate class with increased time for personal feedback and troubleshooting.

Materials Provided: Sashiko thread, sashiko needles, scrap fabrics are included in the cost of the workshop; tools will be provided to share onsite. Light refreshments of drinks and snacks are included in the ticket cost.

Materials to Bring: Please bring your own pair of jeans or a woven garment/textile to mend and (if you have it) a patch of similar fabric. Our instructor will have limited patches but please bring your own patch if you have one.

About our instructor:

Althea Gaskin Feurich is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, then Maryland and later moved to New York to further her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She founded her own design studio in historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn in 2006.

Althea's mission is to achieve a balance of producing both timeless and unexpected fashions, working with clients from the Caribbean to New York.

About Remade in Brooklyn:

Remade in Brooklyn, a member of the global Remade Network of community fixer spaces, is a nonprofit with a mission to teach repair skills, create jobs, and promote sustainable, ethical consumption for a zero waste future.

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