MEANS OF MEASURE
A workshop dedicated to the growth of garment and the growth of self
Mend your holy hole-y garments!
Learn the art of visible mending through a variety of hand stitching and darning techniques. Over four virtual sessions held over Zoom, this series of workshops will teach you how to mend/fix/patch your beloved and worn items of clothing, while posing questions for group discussion about the state of our minds/hearts/bodies over the past year. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of extending the lives of our clothes through dedication to slow fashion. Fixing the fixes. As we sew, thread continues to mark the passage of time, the growth of self and the growth of garment.
These four sessions will take place on Zoom on Thursday evenings from 5-6:30 PM EST on April 22nd, April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th. Interested participants are encouraged to take part in all four sessions for the discounted price of $60. Book here. For those unable to attend all four, the price is $20 per session. Learn more below.
In this session students will learn simple but strong techniques to mend rips and tears of all sizes in a variety of fabrics. Group discussions will focus on simple things in life we may or may not spend time thinking about.
Materials: Embroidery floss of your favorite colors, well-loved garment with a hole, fabric that is similar strength and weave to the garments (use scraps that you already have), pins, needles (with an eye big enough to get floss thru), and perhaps an embroidery hoop.
#2 SASHIKO (inspired)
Building on the skills learned from the first session we step it up a notch and learn more complex ways of mending inspired by traditional Japanese Sashiko techniques.Group discussion will focus on shifts.
Materials: Sashiko or cotton thread of your favorite colors, well-loved garment with a hole, fabric that is similar strength and weave to the garments (use scraps that you already have), pins, needles (with an eye big enough to get floss through), and perhaps an embroidery hoop.
#3: Sock darning (small hole darning)
For this session we learn the basics of darning by focusing on socks in particular. This will set us up for success when we attempt darning on a much larger scale for our last session. Since we are fixing small holes group discussion will focus on the little things.
Materials: Darning egg (or apple, orange, small hard plastic ball, any small roundish object that will fit in a sock and not catch a needle), embroidery floss or yarn depending on the thickness of the sock, sock with hole/s, needles that floss or yarn will fit through.
#4: Big hole darning
For our final session, we will tackle darning a big hole. The only way to do so is by starting somewhere. Group discussion will focus on the big things.
Materials: Embroidery floss, or yarn depending on the garment, garment with hole/s, needles that floss or yarn will fit through, embroidery hoop larger than the hole.
Based out of Kingston, NY, Grace Fossett, is an interdisciplinary artist actively blurring historical boundaries between fine art and craft. Fossett’s work is a playful yet emotionally charged exploration of family, relationships, and histories both real and imagined; conjuring up a dream-like sense in her audience, blending fantasy and humor with poignant resonance.