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The Poetry of Thrift: Creative Mending

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The Poetry of Thrift: Creative Mending
Judilee Fitzhugh
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
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February 25, 2020
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Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

"Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste."

— G.K. Chesterton

This workshop will cover the history of mending traditions across the world, and teach participants practical and aesthetic techniques for common repairs. Methods explored will include mending woven fabrics with inserted and appliqued patches, needle woven repairs, hand darning, mending holes and tears in knitted fabrics, hidden mending methods, and embellished stitches including Sashiko, cross-stitch and other embroidery. Using mainly hand stitching, participants will complete a variety of samples. You are encouraged to bring personal items for creative repair.

About the Instructor(s)

Judilee Fitzhugh is a textile artisan who specializes in natural plant dyes and couture sewing. A tour of duty in Japan with the U.S. Navy led to a profound Japanese influence and a lifelong affection for vintage textiles. She gained her Certificate in Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2002, and taught in the BFA and Studio School programs until the school's closure in 2019. Her finely crafted work combines natural objects with vintage fabric remnants, hand weaving, and surface design to portray a single moment in history.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Instructor will provide all necessary materials.

• Students have the option of bringing a small sewing kit (preferred needles, sharp scissors, thimble, seam ripper) and a variety of personal items to mend.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Sample-sized textiles to mend: woven, non-woven, knitted

• Mending scraps

• Hand-sewing needles

• Threads

• Yarns

• Embroidery supplies (sashiko, crewel, etc.)

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