Hand-stitched mending can be a gateway to creative expression, as well as a way to care for our textiles, the people we love, and our planet. Bring your worn clothes and textiles, and leave with them repaired and looking better than ever! In this course we'll build skills for useful and beautiful stitching from simple to invisible to decorative. We'll try out hand-sewing techniques including darning, boro-style patchwork, and duplicate stitch for knits. Plus mending with a sewing machine, and even a little needle felting. I'll show lots of examples, and we'll explore the meaning of stitching and mending in the modern world. Everyone is welcome in this course, from beginners to experienced fiber artists looking for ways to extend the life of their handmade garments. Bring your projects and questions—we’ll brainstorm together and learn from each others' examples. You'll leave this course ready to tackle anything that appears in your mending pile!
Bring anything made of fabric that you would like to mend (please bring items for mending clean)! You can work on as many items as time permits. If there is a project you would like to work on in class that needs matching thread, yarn, etc., please bring some with you.
All other required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.
Please bring a small sharp scissors, along with any other preferred hand-sewing tools you already have (pins, a thimble, etc.). Needles will be provided, and other small tools will also be available to borrow during the course. You are also welcome to bring any special fabrics, threads, or other materials that you would like to incorporate into your mending.
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.