SLF Visible Mending Sewing Party!


Come along to a relaxing and fun afternoon of slow sewing and learn hand mending techniques with lots of creative possibilities for repairing & enhancing your clothes!

Utilising a decorative Japanese stitching method called sashiko, traditionally used to patch and reinforce worn work clothes and domestic textiles, we will repair and beautify your clothing’s threadbare spots, holes and rips.

This class is suitable for both beginners and more experienced sewers. Men are encouraged to attend! This mending and sewing party is being offered at a special price as part of the Sustainable Living Festival Program.

We will provide: Pins, darning needles, sashiko thread, wool thread, scissors, and preloved fabrics for patching.

Bring along: Jeans, jumpers, socks and other clothes that have rips or holes that need repairing. Any cherished fabric scraps you would like to incorporate into your mends. Your own sewing kit if you have one.

Where: The Gaye Abandon Workroom, 122 Buckley St, Footscray.


Getting here: We are just near the corner of Buckley St and Victoria St in Footscray.
3 minutes walk from Middle Footscray Station. Street parking out front. See Contact Page for a map

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions

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Do you have a favourite item of clothing that you’ve worn to an inch of its life but can’t bear to part with because its become like a second skin? Don’t despair – in this Visible Mending Workshop we can make it strong again and even better looking! Rather than trying to conceal the wear and tear that is the mark of a much loved piece of clothing, we will make a feature of our mending by highlighting and embellishing these signs of age.

We will begin by drawing on the Japanese tradition of mending known as boro (a term used to describe garments that have been patched many times) which utilises a simple decorative stitching method called sashiko. Through creative application of this technique we will repair, reinforce and beautify your garment’s threadbare spots, holes and rips.

NB. If the scheduled time for this workshop does not suit you contact us to discuss an alternative time.  If you have friends, family members or colleagues you think might like to join you for some fun stitching get in touch to book a private class (minimum 4 students).


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