Jessica Marquez is a professional photographer and the creator of Miniature Rhino, a full-time embroidery and teaching business based out of Brooklyn, New York. She is a self-taught embroideress who travels for inspiration and views instruction as one of her callings. She grew up surrounded by woman makers, who taught her to love all-things craft; one of the results of this love was her first book, Stitched Gifts: 25 Simple and Sweet Embroidery Projects for Every Occasion – which she wrote and also photographed.
We came to know Jessica through one of our sewing workshop a few years ago, where she gifted Natalie with some of her embroidery kits. She often lists The School of Making in her classes as a resource for tools and techniques. Our relationship has continued and we were one of the first to receive a copy of her newest book, Make and Mend: Sashiko-Inspired Embroidery Projects to Customize and Repair Textiles and Decorate Your Home.
Make and Mend shares Jessica’s passion for hand embroidery and exposes the reader to the Japanese technique of sashiko—a stitching technique that uses simple stitches and patterns to mend and embellish fabric. Sashiko is a traditional technique to mend and repair, but is an easy way to add detail to any garment; it is a wonderful way to repair worn-out clothing or embellish your favorite pair of jeans. The book is easy for even the less-experienced stitcher and offers careful step-by-step instructions. It provides 15 projects and requires no equipment but needle and thread. The book is full of patterns and color and also delves into ways to be more environmentally friendly through crafting. We love that she is encouraging mending, rather than discarding less-than-perfect garments.
Through Jessica’s work, be inspired to mend and embellish your own garments in new ways.
I learned a bit of sashiko at a conference and have been mending my favorite jeans using the method. Next I plan to mend some older quilts I have. This book really appeals to my sensibilities and I have it on my wish list!
I’m glad to hear you are already using this mending method, Vickie! It’s inspiring to mend our items and to put more love into what we own.
I will be taking a workshop with Jessica in November at Topstitch in Atlanta.
Thank you for this article and background on this creative artist. Now I’m even more excited about it!
Thank you, Emma. That will be an exciting event!