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Materials Lab Workshop: Visible Mending, with Maggie Ruth Haaland [AT CAPACITY]

Close-up of a hand holding an embroidery hoop containing a colorful, embroidered patch representing a red beet with an eye.
Photo: Maggie Ruth Haaland


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA,

This event is at capacity.

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Mending an old garment lends it new life. Visible mending—the practice of mending creatively to make a patch apparent—is a way to show that what we have is worthy of repair, and, ultimately, that we too are worth saving. Doing so oneself, by hand, can be an act of slowed connection with the garment and lets us take a step away from frenzied consumption and toward a more sustainable vision of the world.

Join queer mender, natural dyer, and herbalist Maggie Ruth Haaland for an exploration of embroidery and stitchwork as adornment. We will learn basic stitches and embroidery and then enjoy stitching together. We will co-create the space and time to rest and weave community—and to craft something beautiful in the process.

Mending supplies will be provided. Please bring an item of your own to repair. Beginners are warmly welcome.

The hands-on session will take place in the Materials Lab on the Lower Level.

$15 materials fee. Registration is required and space is limited; registration will open on this form, beginning on Wednesday, February 7, at 10am. Materials fee must be paid to confirm registration. Please email or call 617-495-1440 to join the waitlist. Minimum age of 14; no previous experience required.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.