An Intro to Embroidery

An Intro to Embroidery

Once you learn to embroidery, you’ll never stop!

Embroidery can be art, mending, meditation, a form of self expression, a radical act, and more! This past week we had our first Embroidery 101 Mending Club, keep reading for more info & pictures.


Reclypt's Mending Club caters to a wide range of skill sets. We enable our mender’s to take on simple fixes like replacing a button, or more technical concepts like embroidering or darning. Our approach to mending helps facilitate skill development while working with a community to solve problems. Not only do we have experienced instructors on staff, but our community is experienced in a variety of skills and always willing to help others.


Chainstitch is the foundation of embroidery!

  • Chain stitch is a sewing and embroidery technique in which a series of looped stitches form a chain-like pattern.
  • It uses one continuous thread that loops back on itself
  • It's a great stitch for beginners and a favorite of embroidery veterans.
  • There are multiple variations of the chain stitch, but all require mastering the basic stitch first.


Chainstitch purpose & uses:

  • Chain Stitch is good to work on seams and combine with embellishments.
  • Chain stitch can be used for everything from beautifully textured outlines to a unique way to fill in shapes.
  • If you want a bolder line of embroidery, then chain stitch is the stitch for you. The linked stitches really stands out.


Why Mending?

The average NYC household throws away about 120 pounds of textiles a year. Which amounts to approximately 200,000 tons of clothing, shoes, linens, and accessories in total (& 10 times as much textile waste is being thrown away before consumers see the products). Learning to mend your clothes helps keep textiles out of landfills, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage, all while promoting personal style and self expression.

Mending is also a beautiful, meditative way to extend the life of your clothing and it makes a powerful statement about your values. At Reclypt, we know the joy of engineering your own repair.

The Reclypt approach to mending is unique in practicing radical self expression while amongst a community of like minded people who want to agitate the status quo of churn and burn fashion. Our belief is that if people commit more strongly and informed to the clothing they invest in, people will invest more confidently. Therein creating less waste. Snag that holey, needs-a-hem thrift shop find and bring it over. We’ll show you how to enjoy it for a long time.


About Reclypt

Reclypt is more than an online marketplace for upcycled fashion, we're strengthening the community that aims to eliminate disposable fashion. We're helping New Yorkers increase the longevity of their style, on any budget, through our online store, mending clubs, clothing swaps, pop-ups, blog, social media channels, panel events, and more. Reclypt aims to educate and engage New Yorkers on circular fashion practices, brands, and changemakers.

Style lasts longer with community.

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