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Makes & Menders

Boro & Sashiko

From a place of connectedness
Where do textile art and community meet?

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.

Leonhard Cohen

In Makers & Menders, you can repair your favorite garment, get ideas and experience with textile together with others.
Repairing garments can take many forms, from straightforward darning - visible mending, embroidery, patchwork and smocking, and combinations.


Here we focus on Boro and Sashiko inspired methods.


The process is slow and more fun in the community. It allows us to pause and slow down. We learn through experience, and with it, we can do more elaborate textile projects in the future that are sustainable.

In the ongoing workshop, we repair and personalize our garments.

We talk about the creative possibilities, utility, decoration and 'making mistakes' as an opportunity and the everyday sustainable and socially responsible use of textiles in the context of Fashion, Fashion Revolution, Slow Stitching.

Basic features of the workshop:

After a brief introduction to Visibel Mending, Boro and Sashiko, I will introduce the hand sewing method inspired by Sashiko. We take a playful and personal approach to the holes and frays, seeing them not simply as things to be fixed, but as opportunities to creatively bring the personal story to life.
Along the way, we learn about essential aspects of textile design, mindfulness and sustainable use of materials, stitch by stitch, in community with others.


Sashiko literally means small stitches. They are simple forward stitches, but they are very short and appear at regular intervals. The stitch itself is not only useful and efficient, it is also decorative. It was originally used to quickly and easily strengthen fabrics, make them warmer and also repair them. So the small stitches are essentially utility and quilting stitches.
Sashiko, like most craft methods, is simple and complex at the same time. Depending on how the needle rhythmically makes its way through the layers of fabric, an infinite number of patterns are created and variations on basic patterns are possible.
Traditionally, sashiko is done with special, long and sturdy needles and little twisted differently colored cotton threads. White threads on indigo dyed fabrics are classic. We can also be used embroidery threads and needles that we have at home.

With the famous Boros, which now enjoys cult status, Sashiko is now symbolic of sustainable, creative and mindful use of our resources.

Please bring:

Your cherished garments that we want to repair and fabrics that are suitable for patching.
Scissors: a small pair of thread scissors, a pair of fabric scissors;
Sashiko needles/embroidery needles,
Sashiko thread, cotton embroidery thread, beading thread,
Sashiko sewing ring, optional, very useful - it can also be homemade:
Blue or other solid color cotton fabric and whatever fabric we already have.
Ruler - quilt rulers work great,
Chalk pencils or other textile pencils that disappear again, for example, by heat or water, light or dark depending on the color of the fabric.


Coming soon.

Telephone: 0049 1727774367 -

workshop beschreibung

Kunstkurse in Frankfurt, Malerei, Acrylmalereikurse, Ölmalereiunterricht, Malen lernen im Atelier, Ölmalerei, Quilltkurse, Freies Quillten,  Textilkunst lernen, Textilgestaltung, Textile Surface Design Kurse und Workshops im Künstleratelier Frankfurt, Studio Space Lange Strasse 31, Patchworken , Malen auf Stoff, Drucken auf Stoff, Monotypie im Atelier, Lange Strasse 31. Für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene.

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