Visible Mending -- Taking time to repair your clothes is both a meditative and sustainable practice. Learning simple techniques to repair and embellish garments can be a meaningful way and joyful way to engage in a creative activity, connect with yourself, give new life to the things you already have. I can demonstrate basic techniques and simple stitches for mending garments. Participants/viewers can have supplies ready to practice as they watch.
Optional supplies: Sewing needle, pins (straight or safety pins), garment for mending, fabric for patching which is a similar weight to your garment, thread (sashiko thread, embroidery thread or other thread for sewing) scissors.
Anna Hewitt has studied art, worked on small farms, in restaurants and bakeries, and is an avid home cook and baker. Her current work is focused on how to use scraps, odds and ends, and stuff that is often thrown away to encourage creativity and connection and live a less wasteful, more abundant life. annaghewitt.com
"Mending is one of the ways I love to slow down, use my hands, feel connected and care for my clothes. Not everything I mend is an absolute favorite — the knees in my pants wear out quickly so often it is necessity the motivates me. But stitching and patching adds layers of care and creativity to my clothes and taking the time and effort to repair something feels like a tiny radical act in our society that consumes and disposes so much."