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Hand-Spinning and Hand-Stitching Repair and Sashiko: Classes

  • Cattywampus 209 W Ojai Ave Ojai, CA (map)

I’m working with my friends at Cattywampus on a super day to include hand spinning with dyed and natural fleece and a mending circle.

I’m pasting some details on both classes here. Please visit their website for more info and to sign up!

HANDSPUN YARN • Intro to Hand-spinning Yarn, November 9 (10-1 pm) Saturday

Spinning on a drop spindle is a wonderful way to make novelty yarns that can then be knit into the most special goods. In this class you will create your own, unique yarn out of all natural wool. The process includes carding and spinning. Spinning yarn is a wonderful handcraft for knitters who want to go deeper into the whole process of fleece to garment or for those who are not knitters but still love the rich colors and textures of yarn. All materials are included in the cost of this workshop. You will get your own wooden drop spindle and carder so that you can continue the craft beyond this introductory class.

VISIBLE MENDING • Intro to Hand-stitching Repair & Sashiko, November 9 (2-5 pm) Saturday

This workshop on mindful mending is being offered to explore the possibilities of transforming garments through piecing, patching, and slow stitching techniques. Students are encouraged to bring a beloved garment, textile, or quilt that is in need of repair or transformation. Over the 3 hours we spend together there will be discussion on ways to incorporate the practice of mending into daily life and to infuse new life into textiles. In this time of overwhelm where the environment is facing so many perils, mending what we can and joining in community is truly very healing. An approach to seeing the beauty in the repair is to embrace the idea of Kintsugi or “Golden Mending” which celebrates the story of the repair and the visible mend. We will discuss a more thoughtful approach to our consuming and our relationship to our clothes and fashion.

Link to the Cattywampus website, Classes page. Scroll through to find the two I am teaching!

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Earlier Event: November 3
A Year of Mindful Mending: Closing Session
Later Event: September 29
Mending as Metaphor at Maiwa