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Sip n' Stitch

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Join us on Thursday, July 25 for an evening of making and mending. Sip n' Stitch is a clothing repair and embroidery skill-share suitable for all skill levels. Bring one or two clothing items in need of care and your ideas – we’ll provide materials, refreshments, and know-how to bring new life to your old wardrobe favourites.

Beginners and avid embroiderers alike are invited to attend any of two orientations at 8 and 9pm, where two attending local emerging artists will demonstrate the basics of embroidered patch-making. Volunteer experts from the Edmonton Repairathon will be equipped with sewing machines and available throughout the event to assist with repairs.

Admission is by donation both online and at the door, and helps cover the cost of materials and artist fees. We accept cash and card payments.

Doors and bar open 7pm | Orientations 8pm & 9pm | Event runs until 10:30pm

What can you do at Sip n' Stitch?

  • Learn creative tips & tricks to save your clothes from the bin with the experts behind Edmonton Repairathon.

  • Make embroidered patches with local emerging artists Mitchell Chalifoux and Vivian Trinh, with materials generously provided by Trapunto, Edmonton’s newest local fabric shop.

  • Browse textile and fibre arts works by local artists, and learn how you can sell your creations through The Quiltbag, Edmonton’s newest LGBTQ+ oriented retail shop.

  • Connect with your local community and share your ideas for reducing textile waste.

  • Show off your finished work with the hashtag #L53SipnStitch.

This event is presented in conjunction with SNAP - Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists for their Print It Yourself: Patterns and Patches event, beginning on Thursday at 5pm. This all-ages event is a great opportunity to create your own printed designs using SNAP's facilities, and learn creative skills that are fashionable and sustainable.

Why are we doing this?

Clothes account for a huge amount of waste in garbage dumps; the average Canadian throws out 81 pounds of textiles annually. This is particularly alarming given the massive environmental cost of producing clothes. We hope Sip n' Stitch will empower participants to reduce textile waste and live more sustainably by developing creative clothing repair skills.