• Mindful Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh •

• Mindful Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh •



Newly transplanted from the Bay Area in CA, Katrina Rodabaugh is bringing her thoughtful modern approach to the classic Japanese tradition of Mending to AGOS.  This traditional Japanese sewing technique lends itself beautifully to contemporary crafts. Sashiko is the perfect stitch to mend existing garments and embrace the creative opportunity in repair while extending the lifespan of our wardrobe. In this workshop, we’ll discuss traditional techniques like Boro, Sashiko, embroidery, and quilting and their modern applications in Visible Mending and Slow Fashion.  We’ll also consider “mendfulness” and the need to shift our wardrobes to more personal and less perfect. This workshop will lead participants through the making of one Sashiko potholder while sharing various inspiration for continuing beyond the workshop. Participants will also have the opportunity to mend an existing garment with Katrina’s assistance so they can leave the workshop with greater confidence and skill. (Denim jeans, wool sweaters, or beloved outwear are great options for visible mending.)

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~Saturday, May 28th, 2016, 10:00am to 4:00pm~

Teacher: Katrina Rodabaugh

Participants: Fourteen

Location: Our Portland Studio, 54 Cove Street, East Bayside, Portland, ME

Skill Level:  Beginning sewists are welcome, but you should have some experience with basic stitching and sewing.

Materials: All necessary materials will be provided but please bring one garment for mending and, if desired, your fabric patches of choice. Optional: Your own fabric scissors, straight pins, and thimble. Sashiko thread, Sashiko needles, and potholder fabric will be provided along with additional tools to share.  Please note: Patches should match the weight and texture of the garment being mended so denim jeans are best patched with denim, wool coats with wool, and linen dresses with linen. An assortment of patches will be provided but if you want a specific patch, please bring it with you.


Katrina Rodabaugh

Katrina is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Her artwork, designs, and writing have appeared in galleries, theaters, magazines, and various arts venues across the country. She’s received grants, residencies, and awards for her work and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she trained and taught in the Book Arts Studio. Her blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. She is currently on a fast fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to deepen her commitment to sustainable fashion, sewing, mending, and preserving garments. Her first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books was published by Quarry Books in January 2015. After 10 years in Oakland, CA she recently moved with her family to the Hudson Valley to renovate a 200-year-old farmhouse and convert a carriage barn into art studios. Visit: www.katrinarodabaugh.com