Patch-Making Workshop: Visible Mending With Sashiko


Learn to mend clothing using traditional Japanese sashiko stitching.


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Saturday, January 25
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Workshop Instructor: Crickett Warner

Join the renewed trend of repairing your clothing with beautiful traditional Japanese mending techniques and patterns.

First recorded in Japan in the 16th century, peasants repaired worn-out clothing using scraps and layering to make material stronger. Local patterns identified people from different regions.

Using thread + needles specifically made for sashiko stitching, most students will complete one patch during workshop, others may finish up last bits at home.

Patterns + directions provided.  Some denim jeans will be available to practice on but best if you bring your own — holes not required – so you can wear your masterpiece.


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.


Materials fee:  $5


Provide your own:

Denim pants (with or without holes)

Cotton and/or linen material at least 6” x 6” (indigo or black)

Sashiko thread (white)

Sashiko needle


Erasable marking pen (white)

Straight pins

Instructor Bio

A life-long fiber creator, 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.