Creative Visible Mending

August 4 - August 8, 2023

Creative Visible Mending


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $35

In this week-long workshop you will learn artful and practical skills to repair and embellish textiles informed by time honored techniques in historical sewing and mending, traditional quilting, and Japanese sashiko. Our closets are filled with a variety of fabrics (knit, woven, synthetic and natural), all of which provide challenges with inevitable wear and tear and damage. We will examine the unique qualities of each of these types of textiles and methods for repairing them with hand stitching. Our textiles provide endless opportunities to practice and explore visible mending techniques like darning, patching, hemming, applique, embroidery, and sashiko. We will look at different types of textiles, examine a variety of ways to approach repair work, discuss tools and materials, and work in a community setting sharing projects and receiving individualized feedback. The most sustainable garment is the one already in your closet so please bring several articles of clothing you’d like to repair to have options. A variety of upcycled fabric swatches will be provided for you to experiment with and to use in your mending projects. If there are specific fabrics and yarns you’d like to use in repair projects please bring those as well.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Jessica Marquez

Jessica is a lifelong maker who found her way back to textiles while working on an MFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. After countless hours working digitally, retouching images and staring at a computer screen she longed for hands-on analog making. She taught herself embroidery and then never stopped stitching. In 2008 she started a creative handmade business, Miniature Rhino, named after a young cousin’s imaginary friend, a dentist she called Dr. Rhino. Miniature Rhino became a symbol of creativity and imagination and seeks to inspire and teach hands-on skills through a line of embroidery kits, patterns, classes and books. She has taught throughout the country, internationally and online through Craftsy classes in embroidery and photography. Her work has been featured in publications including, Grace Bonney’s (Design*Sponge) bestselling book, In the Company of Women, Real Simple, Bust, Country Living, and InStyle magazine. She’s written two books Make and Mend (Ten Speed, 2018) and Stitched Gifts (Chronicle, 2012).

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