Saturday, March 25th: a Spring day, seven women from Pasadena, Highland Park, Culver City, Mar Vista, and Silver Lake, a Nespresso, and a desire to learn something new, spend a quiet afternoon in thoughtful handwork, and be delighted by blue tomatoes (if you don't know what those are, join us at the next workshop and find out!). Lots of vintage denim appeared, some decade-old tees that needed TLC, a worn skirt . . . everybody had a project and a distinct point of view. Yoshimi made each of us a lovely gift bag, offered up some background on the art of sashiko, and led us through the technical, practical, and creative elements of embroidery and mending.
The March workshop attracted a highly engaged and curious group of women. Some new friends were made, and old connections rediscovered (we're always reminded what a small world it is!). Instructor Yoshimi worked closely with each of us, suggesting material combinations, structural solutions, and on occasion firing up her high-tech sewing machine to tackle jobs that lent themselves to modern efficiency. Traditional handwork is meditative and soulful, but sometimes a solution powered by electricity and technology is called for!
A few attendees asked for an "intermediate" class to work on more elaborate projects – we're setting a date now. Sincere thank you's to everyone who attended: it was such a refreshing and energizing experience to spend an afternoon with you all!