ONLINE An Introduction to Visible Mending - Tues 19th March 2024 at 10am
Included in this ONLINE class:
- 2 hours of live, expert tuition in a small & friendly class
- Unlimited access to watch again until 18th May 2024
- High quality, downloadable handouts
- Opportunities to seek feedback from your tutor & connect with fellow students via our online platform
BOOKING DEADLINE: Tues 5th March at 12pm UK TIME
In this exciting and useful workshop you will learn a number of techniques that will enable you to give a new lease of life to old, damaged or unloved clothes. Techniques will include appliqué, making and using patches, traditional darning and the Japanese art of Sashiko.
In the modern world, the garment industry has become one of the biggest polluters of fresh water on the planet. With 300,000 tons of textiles finding their way into landfill sites every year in the UK alone, it is our collective responsibility to take a little more care of our clothes and make them last a little longer. In this easy and fun workshop, Pete will teach you how to simply and effectively mend small, damaged areas of loved clothing in a visible way - a wonderful way to not only stop the damage progressing further, but to give a new focus point to the garment and let the outside world know “I’m ethical!”
We will be learning about appliqué; the process of covering a hole/damaged area with another fabric cut into a design to complement the existing garment. We will also cover how to use this same technique to create patches that can be used to cover damage or given as gifts.
We will also look at darning; the process of using wool or thread to weave a new section that is integrated into the existing garment fabric, usually used on knitted garments but can be used on any fabric. And Japanese Sashiko, which is the process of using contrasting and decorative stitching to secure a new layer of fabric to close a hole or simply to add a feature to a garment.
You won't need to sew or darn along during the live demonstration – it is a time to watch, ask and learn - but you may want to have to hand an item or two that you are looking to mend or customise. Pete will offer advice and inspiration for ideas of how to approach mending your own cherished items of clothing.
Specific skills you will learn
- Patch making
- Hand stitching
- Sashiko mending/stitching
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online class page. Helpful and easy to use, these private pages enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – before, during, and after class.
Tutors will offer personal feedback for any work submitted via the class page within thirty days of the class ending. The link to access the page will be shared via email in the days leading up to the class.
We suggest that you do not buy any specialist materials more than one week in advance as, occasionally, a class may be cancelled due to low enrolment.