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You Can Mend It! – Clothing Repair for Beginners Workshop IN-PERSON
January 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$75.00
You Can Mend It!
Clothing Repair for Beginners Workshop
If you’re keen to repair your clothes, but don’t know where to start – start here!
This 2 hour workshop is specifically designed for beginners. No experience is required.
Specifically we’ll learn:
- the basics of hand-stitching
- 3-4 basic stitches
- how to patch a hole
- which technique is best for your repair
All tools and supplies will be provided for use during the class. We’ll stitch on a sampler, which is a perfect way to practice techniques and gain confidence before stitching on your own clothing.
Bring: a piece or two of clothing needing repair. Here’s your opportunity for some expert advice on how to approach your repairs and what techniques to consider. You can get started on these repairs during class if time permits too.
If you’re keen to improve your repair skills and reduce your environmental impact – this is the workshop for you!
There will be light snacks and tea/coffee provided. BYO alcohol (glasses provided).
Accessibility: the workshop space can only be accessed by stairs, without prior arrangement. If you require wheelchair access, please let us know prior to the workshop and we’ll happily arrange this.
Why learn to repair your clothing?
We are hearing more and more about the negative impact the overconsumption of clothing is having on our planet. On top of this, the amount of wear a single garment gets before being discarded is also decreasing. Greenpeace tells us that the average person buys 60% more clothing than they did 15 years ago. The good news is that there are some simple steps we can take to keep our clothes in great condition for longer. Being able to save your favourite jeans can be a new superpower with some simple tools and a little practice.
While repair is important from an environmental perspective, there are also other less considered benefits as well. Repair is creative, mindful and helps us to slow down. It increases our sense of self-reliance and helps us to make greater connection with our belongings.
Renee is a clothing repair advocate and mending enthusiast with more than 10 years experience. She teaches clothes repair skills both in person and online. She also advocates for greater understanding of the impact of fast fashion on our environment.
She has learned how a mending practice can help us to connect with our belongings and to appreciate the resources, time and energy that go into creating our clothes. It is this understanding that can help put the importance repair into perspective.