Sashiko Mending

THIS CLASS HAS SOLD OUT. Waiting list available.

Artisan Series: Adults ages 15 and up. All levels of experience are welcome.

If you’d like to be on a waiting list for any class that is full, please contact Education Director Jill Neumann at

TWO DAY Workshop:
Friday December 17, 5pm – 8pm
& Saturday December 18 10am to 1pm.

Fee: $75 Non-member / $65 Member. Additional materials fee $20 includes: woven sample fabric, hand mending sewing needle, & mending thread. Due to the instructor at class time.

Provided for students to use for free: Fabric chalk, fabric scissors, ruler, paper and books, pens/marker

Come learn and explore the techniques of Sashiko Mending, one of the oldest known mending techniques in human history and originated in Eastern Asia. It is now practiced all over the world for its durability, beauty, and cultural value. This two day class will include a Friday night session to learn the basic techniques and history of Sashiko followed the next day with a Saturday class where students will learn how to apply these skills to their own clothes or fiber goods.

This class is taught by Keila McCracken, the owner and operator of Bare Cloth, a sustainable fiber business. Keila has studied sustainable fashion design and systems at Fashion Institute of Technology, and has a Masters in Sustainable Fiber Systems. She has taught mending, design, and sustainable thinking classes all over the midwest and west coast. She is a passionate mender and is often found fly fishing on weekends in her pants that are mended over 100 times!

Additional Info to Participants:

All experiences are welcome for this class and we have a little bit more information to help you feel prepared and ready for this session.

Keila will have materials to purchase the day of for anyone that doesn’t have the materials needed for the course. All of the materials for purchase add up to a total of $10.00. This will include sample materials, a mending needle, and one thread color, all to keep and bring home with you.

If you have your own materials that you would like bring: woven fabric (less than a ¼ yard is needed), mending thread (sashiko, embroidery, or thick sturdy thread…), and finally a sturdy hand sewing needle with a larger eye for larger threads.

All other tools needed for the class will be provided (scissors, rulers, fabric chalk, paper, pens…) and we will share those the day of.

As we mentioned in the description, the first session on Friday will be about the history, cultural context, and learning the basic skills of Sashiko mending, we will also start a sampler that first day to test out the different techniques. On Saturday we will focus on preparing a mend, basics for long lasting mends, and applying Sashiko mending to your own mends or clothing for decoration. Feel free to bring your own clothing that you would like to use for mending on this day. You are also welcome to use Saturday to finish a sampler if you want to continue practicing.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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If this class becomes filled, a waiting list will be available. Please email if you have questions.