Sustainable Makes: Visible Mending

Learn how you can use embroidery, patching, and darning techniques to turn your damaged clothes and textiles into unique works of art in this hands-on workshop with local artist Catherine Karp! Free registration required. Recommended for ages 12-112.

Participants will learn about materials and methods for mending that will repair and give a creative and unique look to damaged or well-loved items. Patching with running or cleanly whip stitched edges will be demonstrated. Reinforcing from above and below will also be taught. Many options for thread, stitching, and decorative finishing will be covered, as time allows. Please bring a few items with you, as you may decide what to work on during the workshop. All materials will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own scissors, needles, threads, and fabric scraps with you.

Catherine Karp has been repairing things since she made clothes for her dolls and stuffed animals as a child. She teaches art to K-8 students at Oak Meadow School. She works with Art For All in West Concord, teaching weekly classes to multi-aged groups. Catherine has taught in a variety of settings, and worked with students of all ages. She’s very happy that it’s illegal to throw out textiles in Massachusetts.

Winter Seed Sow Workshop at Verrill Farm

Don’t miss out! Save the date for our second annual Winter Seed Sow Workshop hosted by Verrill Farm (11 Wheeler Road, Concord) and register for your spot! Last year was a huge success! In this free workshop, led by Isabel Bailey of the Concord Pollinator Health Committee, we will learn how to sow seeds into milk jugs for easy, outdoor, over-wintering germination of native pollinator-supporting plants. To accommodate more people, demonstrations will be given at 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM. After attending a demonstration, participants will prepare the growing containers and plant seeds. Plan to browse our resource table and learn about plans for a local Pollinator Pathway, too!

What to bring:
Clean, translucent, and empty milk gallon jugs if you have them. Remove the cap. (Additional jugs will be provided.)
Gardening gloves (if desired)
Scissors. (The workshop will provide some to share.)
Duct Tape (we will have rolls circulating, too.)
Cardboard box, tray, or other container to take home jugs (We have some to share.)
Description of area where you’ll transplant your seedlings (shade, sun, partial sun/shade)

Families welcome (please register total number of attendees!)

This workshop is hosted by Verrill Farm, and it is a collaboration between the Concord Pollinator Health Committee, the CCHS Green Team and the Concord Free Public Library. It is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, a patron-supported non-profit organization.