Join NY-based author and artist, Katrina Rodabaugh, for a weekend of sustainable fashion workshops at Plant Work Shop. Katrina will be traveling to Cape Cod to offer two, back-to-back, standalone afternoon workshops that would make an exciting Slow Fashion weekend if purchased together. Through the course of the weekend Katrina will lead us through mending, stitching, natural dyes, and the basics of creating a Slow Fashion wardrobe by focusing on repairing, redesigning, and reconnecting with the clothes we already own. Do you have a torn pair of favorite jeans waiting for their new life as embroidered streetwear? Or a linen tunic stuffed in the back of your closet waiting for another life as a plant-dyed experiment? Join us for this weekend of workshops as Katrina shares her techniques in mending and reinvigorating garments through whole plants and natural dyes.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st, 1 - 5 PM / VISIBLE MENDING
$185 includes materials ($175 if purchased with Natural Dyes class on 9/1)
Extending the book tour of her best-selling book, Mending Matters, author Katrina Rodabaugh will share her mending, stitching, and repair techniques with the Cape Cod community. She’ll cover her four techniques for repair—exterior patches, interior patches, Sashiko stitches, and improvised darning—and address common questions like selecting threads, patches, needles, and stitches. She’ll teach participants how three basic stitches and four techniques can lead to endless repairs and how the basics of design—line, color, scale, and composition—can guide us through mending that’s artful and utilitarian while adding meaning and value to garments. Participants will have tools to share, various materials to use, a printed booklet to keep, etc. but please bring one garment or textile to mend—preferably woven material like denim, linen, midweight cotton, or hemp. Also, Katrina will have select denim patches for mending but if you’re mending anything other than midweight denim, please bring a patch in the same fiber as your garment. Copies of Mending Matters will be available for purchase. Students will leave with several stitching techniques, a sample Sashiko stitch project, mending in-progress, and the confidence and resources to continue beyond the classroom. Snacks will be provided, but please arrive after lunch with a willingness to experiment and improvise.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 1 - 5 PM / NATURAL DYES
Cost: $185 includes materials ($175 if purchased with Visible Mending class on 8/31)
Join author and artist, Katrina Rodabaugh, as we work with natural plant dyes and local plants to create beautiful colors on cloth. Working with foraged, garden-grown, and preserved kitchen scraps can result in a rainbow of dyes for fibers—even in our harsh Northeast climate. Late summer is one of the most abundant times to work with dyes in our region foraging vibrant colors from the local environment, growing a dye garden with familiar plants, or preserving common kitchen scraps for the colder months when foraging is scarce. Various local plants are what Katrina categorizes as Triple Power Plants—edible, medicinal, and dye plants. Join us for an afternoon of color experiments, plant therapy, and the joy of making fiber dyes from plant magic. We’ll have tools to share, various materials, a printed booklet, and each participant will leave with several samples of natural dyes created in class. We’ll also discuss keeping a dye journal, building a dye garden, and foraging with mindfulness. Students will leave with several dyeing techniques, dye samples, and the confidence and resources to continue beyond the classroom. Snacks will be provided, please arrive after lunch with a willingness to experiment and improvise.
A bit about the Cape + PWS location: The shop is located in downtown Orleans, MA, sandwiched between the Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic. The towns of Harwich, Chatham, Dennis, Brewster, Eastham, Wellfleet are all within a half hour or so from the shop, and all are near the ocean or the bay. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a flat, paved bike trail that runs through 25 miles of Cape towns, with an entrance right near the shop. There are many hotels, B&B's, and Airbnb rentals in the area, most offer bicycle rentals as well. Besides our beautiful beaches, there are plenty of amazing restaurants, farmers' markets, museums, galleries and more to check out during your stay.