Surface Design: The Mending Sampler Needle Book - Online

Fiber Arts

Surface Design: The Mending Sampler Needle Book - Online

Learn Japanese and French mending techniques and then turn your sampler into a Needle Book!


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 8/12/2023 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  2. Sun, 8/13/2023 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Sat, 8/12/2023 - Sun, 8/13/2023


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No Prerequisite, Class, Online

Fiber Arts Studio

Sewing, Surface Design


Learn Japanese and French mending techniques and then turn your sampler into a Needle Book. In the first portion of this workshop, we will look at examples of Japanese and French textile mends, as well as mends from other cultures, and then students will learn a variety of them while stitching on a piece off fabric. After students practice the techniques, they will use the fabric sampler to create a functional needle book. This workshop is great for students wanting to learn useful mending techniques while making something that can be used or given as a gift. 


  • Skill Level: All levels, including beginner to advanced stitchers


Students will need the following:

  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker or pencil
  • One piece of medium-weight fabric: 7 x 9 inches
  • One or two pieces of felt (or other fabric if felt not available): 4 x 6 inches
  • Fabric scraps you want to work with
  • A variety of threads you want to work with
  • Needles to fit your threads
  • Pencil and paper for notetaking

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Jody Alexander

Jody Alexander is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, CA. She combines textiles, paper, found items, and imagery to create books, objects, wall pieces, garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair and reuse and by imagery and stories she encounters in her travels and every day.

Her work appears in a number of publications including "Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists," "500 Handmade Books," and "1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art." Jody was an artist in residence at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility in 2019 and is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.

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