Mending- With Heidi Parkes

Mending- With Heidi Parkes


Saturday March 16th 2019

1:00 pm-4:00 pm


Heidi Parkes introduces a contemporary approach to mending clothes and quilts. With the advent of ‘fast fashion,’ our clothing is getting worn less, and worn-out faster. This is taxing on the environment, textile workers, and our pocketbooks. Mending allows us to breath life into our most-loved clothing, and ultimately gives us the confidence to invest in high quality garments because we know they can be repaired.

Parkes takes inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which values impermanence, economy, intimacy, and appreciates the ingenious integrity of nature. ‘Boro’ mending invites us to think of the wear-and-tear that inevitably show up on well-loved textiles as a 'collaboration with nature.' Parkes blends this traditional technique with new insights based on comfort, strength, and beauty. Believing that a mend should never apologize for itself, you will learn to make repairs with confidence!

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  • An item in need of repair

  • cloth for patching holes, extra batting (if mending a quilt), an old t-shirt or cotton jersey (if the item has stretch), woven material if it’s woven, thin material if the garment is thin, etc

  • crochet thread size 10 or pearl cotton size 8 in a matching or ‘fun’ contrasting color

  • milliners needles, the Dritz multi pack is good, sizes 5 & 7 work well

  • regular needle and thread

  • thimble that fits your ‘pushing’ finger, the clover ‘proect and grip’ works well

  • rubber gripper for pulling, a disk or a thimble work well

  • scissors

  • an embroidery hoop, 4-6” is ideal for most items

  • straight pins, short applique pins work great

Artist Biography:

A highly skilled fiber artist, Heidi Parkes is a 2005 graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Active on social media, Parkes has 9,000+ followers on Instagram, and has her finger on the pulse of the contemporary fiber art world. She’s exhibited in museums across the country.  She’s a regular instructor at The Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon, and at QuiltCon 2016, she won 1st place in handwork and 2nd place in improvisation, and in 2018 she won 3rd place for handwork. Learn more about her quilting, and listen to her podcast episodes at

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