Mending Matters Outdoor Sewing Workshop


Berkeley’s Biofuel Oasis hosts this three-hour outdoor workshop where you’ll learn a Japanese technique of visible mending and patching aimed at repairing and reusing ripped clothes rather than throwing them away.

Mending is a meditative and slow-paced activity that can serve to soothe us in our often-busy lives. This workshop will allow mending beginners to learn the basics and more experienced menders to hone their skills and add new embroidery stitches to their repertoire. Instructor Judith Thomas will demonstrate Japanese techniques of visible mending and patching to repair worn clothing and make it ever more personal. She has taught handwork for many years, both at the East Bay Waldorf School and independently, and teaches pine needle basketry, tapestry weaving, and the Japanese textile mending art called boro.

The workshop takes place outdoors at the Ashby Community Garden. A variety of fabrics and threads to use for your work during the hands-on portion of the workshop will be provided. You are welcome to bring a beloved item of clothing that needs to be mended to lengthen its life. If you have a sewing kit, do bring it: scissors, needles, pins, cloth scraps welcome as well.

Mending Matters
August 7, 11am–2pm.
Ashby Community Garden, Berkeley
Cost: $40
Click here to register.