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Visible Mending Class with Katrina Rodabaugh

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We're incredibly excited and honoured to be welcoming Katrina Rodabaugh, author of 'Mending Matters' and 'Make, Thrift, Mend' to Loop!

There are two class sessions available; A morning one from 10:00-12:00, and an afternoon session from 1:30-3:30. Please note the materials you should bring with you to the class. 

Class Overview

Mending is a wonderful way to practice hand-stitching and sustainability by extending the life of our textiles. Simple stitches transform torn or distressed garments and homewares through thoughtful repairs. Visible mending is a hand-stitching technique that combines patches, stitches, and design elements. The class will consider the creative opportunity in mending through careful consideration of materials, design, and stitching techniques. All mending will focus on hand-sewing, particularly woven fabrics.

This workshop will lead participants through an overview of basic stitches and patching before turning to a garment that needs mending. Katrina will discuss how best to repair garments, while considering the fabric, thread, utility, beauty, and more. Students will leave the workshop with various resources, a mended garment (in-progress), and a class booklet. Basic sewing and stitching skills are required. Please note: We will focus on woven fabrics like denim, linen, cotton, silk, hemp, etc. We will not cover mending stretchy fabrics like leggings. We will discuss basic darning on knits like sweaters, socks, hats, etc. though most of the class will focus on mending woven fabrics like denim.

Materials to Bring to Class

  • Textile to mend—Garments made of denim, linen, or cotton are great choices. Household textiles like quilts, tea towels, and tablecloths are good too.
  • Patches of the same fiber and weight as the textile to be mended—midweight denim is best patched with a midweight denim patch; light linen is best patched with light linen patches; and quilts with quilting cotton, etc.
  • Note on darning: We will cover basic darning stitches on knit garments like sweaters and hats, but this will not be our focus. If you want to bring a knitted garment, please bring similar-weight yarn, a tapestry needle, and a darning egg.
  • Materials Provided
  • 100% cotton thread, sewing needles, sampler fabric, rulers, and a class handout.
  • Tools to share in class: Fabric scissors, fabric pencils, straight pins, safety pins, thimbles, and pinking shears. (Students can bring personal tools to use in class if you prefer, or use the shared tools provided.)
  • You will receive a PDF of questions to consider when booking the class to help you plan your project.
  • Teacher Bio

    Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and teacher working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and fashion. She’s the author of three books including Make Thrift Mend (2021) and Mending Matters (2018). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Selvedge Magazine, Sunset magazine, Taproot magazine, and more. She earned a BA in Environmental Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing though her fiber arts training started in childhood. She teaches, writes, and designs products for her online shop. She lives with her husband, two sons, thirteen chickens, honeybees, and many dye plants in the Hudson Valley of NY in the United States. 

  • 100% deposit is required at registration.

    * Please email the shop or give us a ring if you would like to be added to a waiting list when classes sell out. We will let you know if spaces become available.  Please also note that our waiting lists do not roll over to the next scheduled class.  You will need to let us know for each class you are interested in.

    Cancellation policy

    A refund of payment for the class will be given for cancellations only if the spot can be filled by another student, minus a 10% admin fee. Please be considerate.

    We reserve the right to cancel a class in unusual circumstances. We try to avoid this wherever possible, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. In this situation, of course, a full refund will be given.

    We're sorry, but Loop cannot be financially responsible for extreme weather conditions or any other situations that are out of its' control.