11/09 • VISIBLE MENDING • Intro to Hand-stitching Repair & Sashiko, November 9 (2-5 pm) Saturday

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This workshop on mindful mending is being offered to explore the possibilities of transforming garments through piecing, patching, and slow stitching techniques. Students are encouraged to bring a beloved garment, textile, or quilt that is in need of repair or transformation. Over the 3 hours we spend together there will be discussion on ways to incorporate the practice of mending into daily life and to infuse new life into textiles. In this time of overwhelm where the environment is facing so many perils, mending what we can and joining in community is truly very healing. An approach to seeing the beauty in the repair is to embrace the idea of Kintsugi or “Golden Mending” which celebrates the story of the repair and the visible mend. We will discuss a more thoughtful approach to our consuming and our relationship to our clothes and fashion. 

Join Ruth Souza, Mending as Metaphor, who will be coming to Cattywampus for a full day of mending and spinning. Something transformational and magical happens when we gather together to embellish, transform or mend our clothing and textiles. Mending seems to touch on something mythic and ancient and yet very universal, practical and of this moment. Take both workshops or choose the one that most interests you.

• Assessing what the best method to use for a particular situation
• Basic embroidery stitches
• Sashiko stitching technique and patterns

• Sashiko needle
• Embroidery and sashiko thread
• Fabric scraps for patching

TIME • 3 hours


TEACHER • Ruth Katzenstein Souza graduated from West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey, UK, where she studied textiles including spinning, weaving and natural dyeing. Slow stitching, mending and using found materials for her rugs, collages, quilts and clothing has been fundamental throughout her work. Creating mending circles has combined her love of storytelling with the idea of kintsugi or “Golden Mending” which celebrates the story of the repair and the visible mend. Ruth has held circles in diverse places such as Dana Farber Young Adult program, The Ojai Foundation, Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA as well as “A Year of Mindful Mending“ for Textile Arts Los Angeles and Art Division LA. 



Classes and workshops can be refunded if the event is more than 5 days from the date of the refund request. Classes may be canceled within 2 days of the event if there are not enough registrations, in which case a full refund would be provided.