A historical statement on mending

“My wife made attractive dresses from low-priced mill ends; her old ones she made over for the children.  My clothes became marvels of reconstruction.  Small patches patched large patches, and larger patches covered all; these in turn were spotted with smaller patches until Joseph’s coat of many colors was patched on my shirt.  When all strata of a garment wore out, my wife tore them into strips and knitted them into thick warm rugs with a pair of needles I made of a springy wire barrel hoop.”

Charles Vindex, describing life near Plentywood Montana in 1931.

From Montana History Museum, in Helena MT.

Thank you Faux Frau Margery for sharing this statement on mending.


Training Sept. 24

This month training will include:

  • Special visit from a Representative from the The Center
  • Faux Frau Steven’s Apron
  • Jumpsuits
  • knock off production.
Friday Sept. 23, 6:30-9:30 pm @ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA

If you are interested in becoming a Faux Frau email Frau @ fraufiber@gmail.com

Faux Frau’s are welcome to join us via skype

May Training

Faux Frau Friday May 20, 2016, 6:30-9:30 pm.
in person or via skype

In preparation of June Sewing Rebellion activities, Faux Frau’s will be trained in the art of Hand and Machine applique techniques for non partisan, anti fast fashion banner production.

Faux Frau’s are also invited to bring their finished knock off garments.



April Training

In preparation for International Workers Day Celebration on May 1, Frau Fiber will instruct FF in the art of hand message for the recovery of working hands.  Frau Fiber will also provide instruction for making factory head scarves.

Faux Frau Friday, April 22, 6:30-9:30 pm. This training is hosted via skype and in person@ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA


March Trainings

Welcome Faux Frau Judith! (portrait forth coming)

Due to the extensive actions of the Faux Frau’s this month, training is suspended.

Training will resume Friday April 22, 6:30-9:30 pm @ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.

Faux Frau’s please complete your sashes and aprons, for portraits which will be taken in April and May.

Ask Frau Fiber

This question came from Lucy Kruesel, a Faux Frau in Washington.

Is there somewhere youd direct me for resources, documentation etc as far as the current Garment industry? Id love to be informed by numbers and stats when i am sharing info w folks. Documentaries, sites, books?

My response:
http://www.madeinla.com/about – Los Angeles
http://garmentworkercenter.org – Los Angeles
http://labourbehindthelabel.org – International
http://www.globallabourrights.org/campaigns/bangladeshi-garment-workers – International

Triangle: the fire that changed america, by David von Drehle

More to come on this question


November Faux Frau Trainings

Western Region:

Long Beach CA, Friday Nov. 20, 6:30-9:30 pm
Hosted by ILGWU, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA
TOPIC:  Measuring and altering patterns

Los Angeles CA, Saturday Nov. 21, 4-7 pm
Hosted by Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd, Atwater Village
TOPIC: The basics:  Seams, Darts, Tucks, Gathers

Eastern Region:

Asheville NC, Saturday Nov. 21, 10 am to 1 pm
Hosted by The Center for Craft Creativity and Design, 67 Broadway, Asheville NC
TOPIC:  Aprons

You are welcome to join via google hangout, Skype and in person.