Stitch, Mend, Print, Make with Jody Alexander

Stitch, Mend, Print, Make with Jody Alexander


  • Jody Alexander
    Jody combines textiles and found objects with discarded books, and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces, books, sculptural objects and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques, and reuse.
  • Day 1 - Stitch, Mend, Print, Make
    April 21, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2 - Stitch, Mend, Print, Make
    April 22, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3 - Stitch, Mend, Print, Make
    April 23, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Want to see more of what we’ll be doing and learn a little bit about Jody? Here’s a link to a conversation we had in December! Jody Alexander Interview 

Day One: Mending Sampler Needle Book 

On day one you will 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 sampler cloth. After the techniques are practiced the sampler will be used to create a functional needle book with felt pages.

Day Two: Surface Design on Fabric:

Stencil and Block Printing, Image Transfers, and Embroidery

Learn to get your own imagery onto fabric! On day two we will create stencils, carve a block for printing, learn to transfer images, and add some embroidery stitches to your practice. All of these techniques are very simple but when repeated, layered, and combined can create a rich personal narrative.

Day Three: Japanese Style Bags

On the last day, we will bring together the stitching, mending, and printing learned on the first two days and make a traditional Japanese Style bag: either tsunobukuro or azumebukuro. Both bags are equally ingenious designs, simple to make yet very different from one another. You will spend most of the day stitching, printing, and decorating a length of cloth with some of your favorite techniques learned on day one and day two. Towards the end of class two simple seams will sew your cloth into a unique bag that is perfect for projects, traveling, and shopping.


Jody will be bringing supplies for you and will collect a $40 Kit Fee at the beginning of the workshop (please bring cash).

In addition, please bring:

  • Tools: each student should bring an Exacto knife
  • Variety of needles, scissors, pins,
  • Optional: bring a variety of scrap fabrics, and a variety of threads, that you want to work with and that inspires you – this can be fabric left over from sewing, an old garment that you want to cut up, your favorite thread, or anything else that you find interesting to make your project unique. Cotton and linen fabric work best.
  • Small notebook and pen for taking notes
  • If you’d like to have anything waiting for you when you arrive let us know as we will stock most of the supply list, zip Kristin an email!

The minimum age to participate is 18. The minimum number to make the class is 12. We’ll cap the workshop at 20 total.


You can register for this class with the option of paying $199 to Hold Your Spot! Please note that your $199 deposit is non-refundable but is applied to your balance. Your balance ($360) is due no later than March 1, 2022, and can be made via Credit card on this page or by mailing a check to Ephemera Paducah. Not paying the balance on or before the due dates results in the loss of your deposit and class seat.

Before registering for this class, please review our policies by clicking these links: our Covid-19 and Cancellation Policies

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is a requirement for this workshop. Please be prepared to show your vaccine card upon arrival.

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