Themis and Thread Designer and Founder Jesse Junko Beardslee is partnering with Southeast Steuben County Library to offer a free Three Part Series of YouTube Upcycling Tutorials. "Work With What You've Got" embodies the ethos of Themis and Thread in a way that everyone can experience. We've all got stained, ripped, or otherwise unwanted clothing, so let's turn it into something new! Jesse's Tutorials will air as #SeWednesday classes July 15, 22 and 29 at 6pm on the Corning Library's YouTube Channel.
If you'd like to see how you can transform t shirts, tank tops, button downs, dresses, skirts, jeans, neckties, belts, buttons, ribbons, lace or anything else you can get your hands on, tune in! This three part series will offer lessons in upcycling, embellishment and garment construction. Create either one dress, or three separate pieces. Offering these options will allow for discovery even if you miss a class! Break out your sewing machines for #SeWednesday!
Wednesday, April 22
We're so excited to invite all hard working mask makers to take a well deserved break! In collaboration with Katy Dunlap Yoga, in honor of seamsters everywhere, we slow down on Earth Day. This is a free class for all levels of yoga knowledge but registration is required.
Give yourself a break - sew some seeds of self care
Whether you’ve made one mask for yourself, a few for friends and family, several to donate, many to share and sell or kazillions of masks you’re a part of a pretty incredible phenomena. Thank you. I love you. Keep up the good work! The two things that have helped me get through these strange times are sewing and yoga. I've felt like making masks has helped me feel connected and have given me a way to help! But it's been taxing on my mind and body. Yoga has helped clear my mind and drop into my body, providing a sanctuary within myself. Yoga Instructor Katy Dunlap has collaborated to offer a class designed for all of us united mask makers. I can't wait to connect through yoga too! Please head over to her site and register for this free class!
Sewing Seeds of Self Care is a class on Earth Day during Fashion Revolution Week. I hope you will honor these dates by joining us. The Earth has asked humanity to take a break, healing and reconnecting with yourself is also a great way to help heal the Earth. Fashion Revolution Week is a time to stop and think about the makers behind all of the things that we wear. Now that's you. You deserve a break! And a hug! How about virtual yoga?! I'll see you there!
We're so excited to bring our curated vintage fashion collection to Ithaca! Formal finery, jackets and sweaters, bold blouses and more will fill our racks! We will also have our upcycled accessories and other fun and funky upcycled vintage fashion from 12-4 on Sunday December 15th on State Street in Ithaca, New York at Mimi's Attic.
ALL T&T ITEMS 25% OFF IN STORE ONLY 11/30 FROM 10-7
Shop our upcycled jewelry, organic cotton ts, upcycled aprons, travel cutlery sets and more at 25% off! Many other locally made gifts will be on sale and we'll be enjoying mulled wine and old fashioned cake donuts together all day long! Find more details on Facebook.
An afternoon pop up at Danby Gathery with ethical apparel designer Jesse Junko Beardslee featuring handmade jewelry, vintage fashion and safe cosmetics. Drop in, try on, shop smart! Jesse's dedication to slow fashion, upcycling and sustainable solutions has helped her develop a network of support to help you express yourself through your own personal style without negatively impacting the world around you. This curated shopping experience will feature locally made statement jewelry, curated vintage women's clothing, and non toxic cosmetics and glitter to get you ready for the fabulous season of fall fashion. RSVP for a complimentary glass of bubbly - non alcoholic drinks available too!
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Themis and Thread designer Jesse Junko Beardslee will be leading a dyeing workshop Wednesday August 7th at Hector Handmade from 6-7 in Hector, New York highlighting some favorite safe and natural dye stuffs like onion skins. All supplies will be provided for you to create a unique piece of wearable art. Organic Cotton bandanas will be available along with a work book to take home for your own experimenting.
Bandanas will be pre treated and the natural dye baths will already be prepared. All of the information you need to practice this skill will be available in a convenient package you can take home and do yourself anytime. This class will be taught casually outdoors on the 100 acre Lilly Family Farm on 414 at the Gift Shop and Gallery, Hector Handmade. The dye baths will be hot, and safety will be simple, but caution and care should be taken.
Shibori, bundle and tie dyeing techniques will be taught as well as how to use flower petals, coffee grounds and onion skins for home dyeing. All supplies included as well as take home information and of course your new textile art for $35 when you pay in person to reserve your spot at Hector Handmade before Wednesday August 7th. $37 when you pay online with a credit card.
We had an incredibly successful Denim Drive! Many thanks to all contributors! After sorting, counting and packing we diverted over HALF A TON of unwanted denim from the landfill! 765 pieces have been shipped to Blue Jeans Go Green's recycling center in Arizona. Blue Jeans Go Green does not cover shipping costs, so we are still seeking sponsorship partners to share in the the recycling campaign press. Any little bit helps, so please consider making any size donation you can afford to help with this recycling effort. There were many more pieces of good denim which were donated but not 90-100% cotton which were donated to Thrifty Shopper, a part of the Rescue Mission benefiting homeless shelters in New York State.
We're joining forces with Habitat for Humanity and the Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program to offer a solution for unwanted denim. A Finger Lakes Denim Drive will kick off on Earth Day for this recycling effort. Even ripped or stained denim of all colors and styles doesn't have to (and never should) get thrown out. Through the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program, the unwanted denim is recycled into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. The insulation is distributed to community-oriented building projects across the country, including many Habitat for Humanity affiliates – often in areas impacted by natural disaster.
During Fashion Revolution Week (April 22-28) activists all over the world remember the historic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh on the anniversary of the worlds most horrific garment industry accident. During this week of awareness we invite you to join us, recognizing the beginning and end of our clothes' life cycle is often marred with injustices to people and the planet. Keeping denim out of landfills and putting it towards a sustainable building material is one way we can all help solve these complex problems.
Help us recycle 2,000 pieces of unwanted denim (90-100% cotton only) – which is the approximate amount of jeans it takes to insulate an average U.S. sized house. There will be drop off locations throughout The Finger Lakes, including Habitat for Humanity's Restore in Corning and Hector Handmade in Hector from April 22 - 28. It's going to cost a lot to ship all that denim to the recycling facility, so join us at Corning's ReStore Friday April 26th at 5 for a fundraiser party!
Blue Jeans Go GreenTM is a trademark of Cotton Incorporated. UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation is a trademark of Bonded Logic, Inc. *Based on a house with 2,635 square feet.
Every year we come up something big to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza Factory Collapse in Dhaka Bangladesh (on April 24, 2013 over 1,000 garment workers were killed and over 2,000 were injured) with a Fashion Revolution Week campaign. This year we're addressing the end of life cycle of fashion with a Denim Drive, acknowledging we all need to consider where our fashion came from, as well as where it goes when we're done with it.