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Handstitch a Shirt

August 17, 2024
9 am - 5 pm

August 17, 2024, 9 am – 5 pm

Imagine hand-stitching a shirt from scratch without having to measure for seam allowances or dealing with irons or sewing machines. In this workshop students will create a “fuss-free” shirt that looks perfectly lovely! Participants will be granted the freedom and skills to create a garment that’s more organic than perfect, but still perfectly you without a single other shirt like it in the world! This workshop assumes all participants will be beginners at stitching, although all levels are welcome. Once you make one shirt you will have the experience to make as many as your heart (and hands) desire. These “fuss-free shirts” – the potato chips of garments because you can’t make just one! – are constructed with the running and back stitches, and with bias tape along the neckline. Your visible stitchwork along the neckline, sleeves and hem will create a distinctive garment, and perhaps even the start of a new wardrobe, you’ll wear with pride by the workshop’s conclusion, just in time for the warmer weather. The size-inclusive pattern we will be using ranges from XS-5XL.

Enrollment: Adult – Min: 5 Max: 10

Member: $225             Non-member: $250

Instructor: Hinda Mandell

Hinda Mandell is a professor (School of Communication) at RIT who teaches stitching techniques in the Liberal Arts classroom. She’s also led workshops at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Boston, at the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, and through the Rochester Public Library system. Mandell is the editor of the books Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism (RIT Press, 2019) and Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). She is currently under contract for two books – one on the persuasive nature of handcraft in American politics and a second on global craftivism.

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