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Visible Mending workshop

12 February @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm


Visible mending is a fast evolving trend. After learning two contrasting mending techniques – Sashiko stitching and traditional woven darning, you will be equipped to repair and revamp much loved clothing. Sashiko, meaning ‘little stab’ is the Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using running stitch. Often used to add strength, texture and warmth to old garments, Sashiko involves repeated patterns and precise stitching. In the workshop, you will be using contrasting and complimentary colour threads as you learn how create repairs with no attempt to hide them. By drawing attention to repairs and flaunting flaws, your clothes will be unique and your consideration for the environment will stand out. Another benefit of learning these practical mending skills is to do with the process of stitching by hand. The rhythm of repeatedly using the same stitch brings a strong sense of mindfulness. This is because when you focus on the task in hand, day to day stresses are set aside.

You can either bring a garment (pure wool is best for darning) that you love that’s in need of repair or work on fabric samples to develop Sashiko and darning techniques.

The Sail Loft is a fabulous workshop space situated upstairs in Navistitch so there is no access for wheelchair users. If you have difficulty with mobility, please note that the stairs are steep and narrow before you book. Places are limited to 8.


12 February
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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The Sail Loft
Navistitch, 28 High Street, Manningtree
Colchester, CO11 1AJ Colchester
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