Patch-Making Workshop: Visible Mending With Sashiko


Learn to mend clothing using traditional Japanese sashiko stitching.

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Saturday, October 2
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Workshop Instructor: Crickett Warner

Join the renewed trend of repairing your clothing with beautiful traditional Japanese mending techniques and patterns. This class meets in person at the Falmouth Art Center.

Sashiko mending was first recorded in Japan in the 16th century when peasants repaired worn-out clothing by layering scraps to cover holes, strengthening garments to last for many years.

Using thread + needles specifically made for sashiko, students will learn to creatively repair or embellish their favorite garments.

CLICK HERE for a short video explaining a bit more about tools + materials.

Call with questions:  Crickett 508-548-4686.



Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.


Garment to be patched (most commonly denim jeans), with or without holes

Cotton and/or linen material at least 6” x 6” (darker colors preferable)

Sashiko thread (white or natural)

Sashiko or larger-eyed needle


Erasable marking pen (white) or tailors’ chalk

Straight pins


Iron (for pressing seams)

Board:  wood, plastic or cardboard approximately 5.5″ x 15″ to slide into pant leg


Materials fee:  $5.  Will provide sashiko thread, needles, Japanese-style adjustable thimble, cotton/linen scraps.  To be picked up at FAC.

CLICK HERE for a short video explaining a bit more about tools + materials.

Instructor Bio

Crickett learned to sew, quilt, and knit from her grandmother.  With thrift and hip-ness in mind, she patched her first pair of jeans in the mid-70’s and has been rescuing clothing ever since.  Following the fashion of recent years, Crickett acquired a pair of ripped jeans (yes, she paid extra for the holes) and soon found that her knees were chilly.  Employing traditional Japanese techniques of sashiko stitching and scraps of cotton + linen from her stash, she soon warmed up and began to create wearable art.

In the past few years, the trend of “upcycled” clothing has grown and a movement toward “slow fashion” — make, mend or thrift your wardrobe — with the environment in mind.  The average American throws away approximately 80 pounds of used clothing each year, with the average lifespan of a piece of clothing approximately 3 years.  Following in her grandmother’s Depression-era thrifty footsteps, Crickett believes that it is better for the environment to repair and reuse whenever possible.

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