Mending Sampler Needlebook

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June 24th, 2023 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Jody Alexander
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $175
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

Learn Japanese and French mending techniques and then turn your sampler into a Needle Book!

In the first portion of this workshop we will look at examples of Japanese and French textile mends, as well as mends from other cultures, and then students will learn a variety of them while stitching on French linen. After the techniques are practiced the sampler will be used to create a functional needle book.

This workshop is great for students wanting to learn useful mending techniques while making something that can be used or given as a gift.

Suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike.

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: 

  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker (if you have one)
  • Fabric scraps you want to work with
  • A variety of threads you want to work with
  • Needles to fit the threads you bring
  • Pencil and paper for notetaking

Date & Time: Saturday, June 24, 2023 :: 10am-4pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Jody Alexander (she/her)

Jody Alexander is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, California. She combines textiles, paper, found items and imagery to create books, objects, wall pieces, garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, reuse, and imagery and stories encountered in her travels and everyday.

Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody was an artist in residence at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility in 2019, and is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from U.C.L.A., and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Jody teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Past Student Reviews:

“I was honored to work with her.... so calm, talented, and her quiet passion is infectious. Please bring her back soon, it was way too long since her last time at the Center.”

“Jody is a very attentive instructor and very generous with resources. I have taken a lot of her classes because I always leave empowered and inspired to create my own work.”

“I'm glad Jody was able to do this workshop in person, as I heard her say she mostly does Zoom these days. It would be great to have her back.” 

375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States