Mending Sampler Needle Book with Jody Alexander

**NOTE**This is an in person class.  All students will be required to wear masks and each student will have their own table with plenty of space between.  The teacher and all studio staff have all been vaccinated and will be wearing masks at all times.  A document camera will be used and projector system employed so all students will have a close up view of teacher's work during class.


Learn Japanese and French mending techniques and then turn your sampler into a Needle
Book! In the first portion of this workshop we will look at examples of Japanese and French
textile mends, as well as mends from other cultures, and then students will learn a variety of
them while stitching on a French linen sampler. After the techniques are practiced the
sampler will be used to create a functional needle book.

This workshop is great for students wanting to learn useful mending techniques while making something that can be used or
given as a gift. This workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike.

Students should bring:

  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker (if you have one)
  • Fabric scraps you want to work with
  • A variety of threads you want to work with
  • Needles to fit the threads you bring
  • Pencil and paper for notetaking

Instructor will bring:

  • Instructional handouts
  • French linen for needle book cover
  • Felt for needle book pages
  • Fabric scraps
  • Threads
  • A few fabric markers
  • Extra pins, needles, etc.

Event Details

Event Date 10:00am (PST) on Oct, 3rd
Event End Date 4:30pm (PST) on Oct, 3rd
Price $175.00
Location A Work of Heart Studio
Categories Visiting Instructor

Instructor Info

Jody Alexander

Jody Alexander is a mixed media artist who lives and works in
Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, California. She combines textiles,
paper and found items to create books, objects, wall pieces,
garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the
art of repair, mending techniques, reuse, and interesting

Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters:
Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and
1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody was an
artist in resident at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
in 2019, and is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts
Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from
U.C.L.A., and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons
College, Boston, MA.


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