Visible Mending: Sashiko and Woven Patches (ONLINE)

Rhiannon Platt

Taught by Rhiannon Platt

Rhiannon Platt is at least third generation fiber artist. Raised by seamstresses, crocheters, and fiber artists of all kinds, she picked up her first pair of needles over a decade ago. Since her first scarf, Rhiannon has gone on to fabricate for Lion Brand Yarn, Nathan Vincent, Olek, Jeila Gueramian, Londonkaye, and Levi’s. In between commissions, she finds time to write patterns and make endless sweaters.

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In recent years, Sashiko-style mending has made a comeback after originally being created during the Edo period of Japan to lengthen the life of kimonos. Now, people are using it to give their favorite jeans or shirt a little more wear.

This class will teach students the basic techniques of this classic repair technique combined with needle-woven patches, which can be used to make your own fabric to cover smaller holes. We will create a sampler of these styles of mending so that we can perfect them before you go home and try them out on your precious clothes.

Materials needed:

  • non stretch fabric in two colors (the contrasting color will be used as a patch, like the green fabric in the photo above)
  • needle
  • straight pins or needles to use as pins
  • thread - we use embroidery floss in class! 
  • no embroidery hoop is needed for this technique, but you're welcome to use one if you have one and it does make things a lot easier as you're learning! 

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