Archive for October, 2011

Hand Mending in Oakland


Hand mending has lower production yields, but conversation was top notch!





One off – Oakland Sewing Rebellion


October 2011 Bay Area Sewing Rebellion:  The Politics of Mending Workshop


Attention inhabitants of the Bay Area, Frau Fiber WANTS YOU TO hand mend, replace zippers, alter, repurpose and remake your denim jeans!

Frau will supply instructions, hand sewing needles, zippers, thread, and scissors.   YOU BRING your jeans to mend, and sewing a machine if you want to use it.


Saturday October 8, 2011, 1 – 4 pm.

Allison Smiths’ Studio is located in the Uptown section of Oakland at 356 24th Street between Webster and Valdez Streets, directly across from Creative Growth.

By BART – Take BART to the 19th Street Oakland stop. Go up Broadway to 24th Street. Turn right on 24th Street and go 1 1/2 blocks east to 356 24th Street.

By Car from San Francisco – Take the Bay Bridge, and then follow signs to 580 east – Downtown Oakland. Take the exit for I-980 (Downtown Oakland and Airport). Take the first exit for 27th Street. At the end of the ramp turn left onto 27th Street. Proceed to Broadway and turn right. Turn left on 24th Street and proceed 1 1/2 blocks east to 356 24th Street.

By car from 580 East towards Oakland – Take the Harrison exit, and then turn left on Harrison. Proceed to the major intersection and take a soft right onto 24th Street. Proceed two blocks west to 356 24th Street.

Parking is available at meters nearby, in 2-hour residential parking spots and at several pay lots in the blocks that surround the studio.