Use up your scrap fabric in this beginner-level hand sewing workshop! You will be guided on how to make your own unique Patchwork Pincushion, learn about various materials and their common purposes, different types of hand stitches, and tips for making your sewing practice more sustainable!
To follow along, you will need the following materials:
- A few scraps of different coloured fabrics, approximately 5”x5” (cotton, linen, or other sturdy non-stretchy fabrics recommended but not necessary)
- Fabric scraps of any kind (for stuffing)
- Thread of your choice
- Hand-sewing needle
- Pins or clips (recommended but not necessary)
About our host:
Jamie Oosterhuis (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist working on unceded Lkwungen territories at the University of Victoria. She is in her final year of the Visual Arts Honours program. While photo and video have been groundwork mediums for her, Jamie’s current interests lie within recreating historical garments as a way to connect to Dutch, Irish and Scottish ancestral traditions. By first using historical patterns and materials, she is then able to reconstruct the same garments with updated techniques and explore various modern fabrics. Jamie is fascinated by forgotten beauty, labour and techniques of creation, as well as the functional or anti-functional purposes within these pieces. Through the wearing and documentation of these garments, she attempts to understand how these historical pieces can be worn by her modern body on lands that are not hers. Jamie is conscious of the history of her ancestors upon these lands and she is set on questioning how this continuously shapes her work.