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Sashiko Mending with Jennie Lennick

Learn about this beautiful, ancient Japanese embroidery technique which was originally developed to strengthen quilts and kimonos, and lengthen the life of textiles. Sashiko, which translates to "little stabs," traditionally uses a white cotton thread on dark blue indigo dyed fabric. A simple running stitch is used to create geometric patterns to decorate fabric or reinforce ripped denim. You will learn how to properly execute the sashiko stitch and transfer geometric designs onto indigo dyed cotton or linen. We will create a sampler made up of different designs including a repetitive wave and other geometric patterns. Once everyone has the technique down, we will discuss how to use sashiko to repair your clothing and thrashed jeans. All materials are included: we will provide cotton sashiko thread, a selection of different indigo dyed linens, denim, and chambray, a ring thimble, and special sashiko needles. Students will leave with their sampler and all the tools they need to keep repairing their denim. *Feel free to bring a ripped pair of jeans to repair!

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $10, payable at the start of class. (Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.)

About Jennie Lennick

In addition to being a Ruby member and neighbor (check out her shop at 3043 24th Street!), Jennie Lennick is a San Francisco–based artist, entrepreneur, and teacher. As a child in the Midwest, Jennie became enamored with traditional domestic craft, learning to sew and embroider. In 2010, She moved to the Bay Area to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. Inspired by the natural beauty of Northern California, Jennie launched Jenny Lemons (, a collection of modern block printed and hand painted women’s clothing and textiles. Jennie's work has been featured in publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Brit + Co, and San Francisco Magazine. Her retail store in the Mission District of San Francisco is a community space where she facilitates DIY workshops, produces her products, and showcases the talents of other local artists.