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Keeping It Together: Mending 101 Workshop (#2)

  • Strong Rope Brewery 574 President Street Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States (map)

This is a free, drop-in workshop, open to anyone and everyone.

What we'll cover:
-Can it be mended? Knit vs woven fabric, needles & threads. Demo: how to sew on a button properly
- Mending invisibly: demos: how to invisibly mend a moth hole in a sweater & a tear in a woven garment
- Mending visibly: chiku chiku, weaving, embroidery, needle felting, patches, reknitting. Demo: chiku chiku & needle felting

I will be bringing materials to demo on and for participants to try out. You are welcome to bring items that need mending to get started on or get advice on how to mend/repair/upcycle. Suggestions: garments that need button replaced (I'll bring a box of buttons but bring the original if you have it), sweaters or other heavy knits that have small holes, woven garments with tears, denim that needs repairs.

A huge thanks to Strong Rope for providing space for the workshop. The tasting room will be open during the workshop and you are more than welcome to buy beer to enjoy while we are stitching. Strong Rope is a farm brewery and uses predominately NY state grown ingredients to make their delicious beers.

This is a Public Event so feel free to invite & bring others that are interested!

This workshop is taught by Mary Izett. Mary learned to stitch, sew and mend as a young child. She hates throwing anything away and is constantly seeking ways to mend, recycle, upcycle and reuse. She spent last May focusing on visible mending, patching 3 pairs of her husband's torn and worn jeans, which he is still actively wearing (shown in the cover photo). After an overwhelmingly positive response and many inquiries from friends on learning how to mend, she is launching a series of workshops to help spread the good word on how to mend.

Mary's original & ongoing impetus for this workshop:
According to the NYC Dept of Sanitation, every year NYC residents throw out approximately 200,000 tons of clothing, towels, blankets, curtains, shoes, handbags, belts, and other textiles and apparel. And where does it go? I’m still looking into that but the city either has or is currently sending our solid waste to landfills in upstate NY, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina. I don't know anything about the communities that NYC's solid waste sites are located in, but studies show that minority and low-income communities are disproportionately targeted for the siting of waste disposal facilities ( & This is a complex topic ( that I am just getting into but I’m guessing that we can all agree that less solid waste means fewer landfills and that’s a good thing.

Earlier Event: February 18
Brewery Tour & Tasting
Later Event: February 24
Simultap: SMaSH 2017