Bring your old worn clothes and textiles, and leave with them repaired and looking better than ever! Everyone is welcome in this course, from beginners who have never sewn a stitch before to experienced fiber artists looking for more ways to add unique touches and extend the life of their handmade garments. We'll practice a wide variety of mending techniques, from simple to invisible to decorative. You'll learn about how fabric is woven (jeans, shirts, coats) or knitted (sweaters, socks, t-shirts) and how to make good-looking, long-lasting repairs on both kinds of cloth. We'll practice mending by hand and with a sewing machine, and even include a little needle felting. You'll leave this course ready to tackle anything that appears in your mending pile.
Consumer culture encourages us to use things for a short while, then toss them and get a new one. Mending can be a way to choose another path, a way of caring for our families, those who make our clothes, and our planet. As part of this course we'll explore what it means to practice mending in the modern world, and how we can share these skills with our communities.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- Clothing and other textile items that need mending; these can be jeans, sweaters, socks, T-shirts, blankets, and anything else that is made of fabric. You can work on as many items as time permits. *Note: Please bring items clean. Woolens, delicates, and things that are coming apart can be gently hand washed.
- Small sewing tools such as scissors, needles, pins, a thimble, etc. If you don't have these don't worry, there will be tools for you to use during class, and some to purchase and take home if you wish.
- All other required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.
There will be materials provided for you to use, but you are also welcome to bring any scraps of fabric, yarn, or threads you'd like to incorporate in your mending.
If it is convenient and you would like to do so, you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine (please bring the manual as well). There will also be sewing machines available to use at North House.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.