Re-Cap of Intro To Hand Sewing: Art of Mending

I spent the morning going through my piles of scrap fabric ironing & cutting up fabric scraps in preparation for teaching The Art of Mending this afternoon at St. John's Living Well. I was honored to be joined by a group of creative and eager students with a strong re-use ethic who were no strangers to busy hands.

It was so inspiring to see all the different designs and color ways that everyone came up with during class today. 

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We first picked fabrics we were drawn to, arranged, re-arranged, cut, re-arranged again, pinned our designes into place, and finally started weaving away at stitching everything down.

The strong white 100% cotton button thread worked wonderfully to achieve the traditonal Boro Boro aesthetic.

We all found ourselves lost in thow flow of making. I noticed people's busy hands stitching away as they drifted fluidly in and out of a meditative quite state and a talkative laughter as the hours flew by.

The experience of busy hands in a group of people all working intently on their projects is so rewarding.

- Ellie