Japanese mending techniques are used to repair and strengthen garments and other textile items. But, when left visible the repairs are also decorative and add texture, line and color. In this workshop students will create a sampler of mending techniques seen in Japanese boro textiles and will then move on to repairing, or embellishing a garment or other textile item of their choice. Each student will bring an item that needs repair, or embellishing, and will apply one or more of the mending techniques learned in the class.
The instructor will bring her collection of Japanese boro textiles for inspiration. Students should bring a textile item that has a worn area that needs re-enforcing, a hole or tear that requires repair, a stain that needs covering, or an item that simply could use some stitcherly embellishment. This can be pants, a dress, a shirt or skirt, a table cloth, curtain, or other textile item.
Basic materials for the sampler will be provided by the instructor but students are encouraged to bring fabric swatches for patching and different kinds of thread to make their project personal and unique to them. Bring a variety of materials that will allow for different options. Also bring: fabric scissors, thread snips, pins, needles in a variety of sizes, and pencil and paper for notetaking.Minimum enrollment required: 3