Loved Clothes Last! – Visible Mending

You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine to make and repair textiles. After all, until the first Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century all clothing was sewn by hand. In this hand sewing and mending workshop you will learn the basic hand stitching techniques required to produce and mend garments and textiles.

We will cover the sewing techniques you need to start creating and mending your own clothes by hand. After some needle and thread basics, you will learn three easy, hand sewn stitches – running stitch, backstitch and hemming. We will also teach you simple decorative stitching techniques.

Working with these stitches, you will learn how to create strong and neat French seams, and take up a hem. You will take home a small hand sewn soft case with optional ‘sashiko stich’ embellishment.



Are your wardrobe favourites a little worse for wear? Don’t despair – with a bit of “visible mending” we can make them strong again and even better looking! 

Combining  a simple decorative stitching method with patching, we will repair, reinforce and enhance your garment’s threadbare spots, holes and rips. Rather than trying to conceal the wear and tear that is the mark of a much loved piece of clothing, we make a feature of our mending by highlighting and embellishing these signs of age.  

Skill level: This workshop is suitable for both absolute beginners and more experienced sewists who fancy a relaxing session of hand mending. You can make a sampler or mend your well-worn favourite clothes. We welcome and include men and non-binary folk!

We will provide: All sewing equipment, darning threads, vintage patching material,  handout notes and lots of guidance and encouragement!

Bring along:  Some clothes and accessories to repair. Denim is especially good but we can tackle other items as well! Your sewing kit if you have one you would prefer to use.

Booking Policies:  Due to our small class numbers our workshops are NON REFUNDABLE and NON TRANSFERABLEBe sure to familiarise yourself with all our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking to avoid disappointment.

Payment Options: Paypal using a credit card or Paypal balance. Direct Deposit. Our bank details are in the confirmation email you will receive upon booking. Payment by Direct Deposit is required within 24 hours of booking to secure your place.