Visible Mending: Patching and Darning


Price includes 3 hours of class. Early Bird ends 08/17/22.

An in-person class with Cal Patch

Nov 10, 9:00am-12:00pm PST

Learn 2 ways to patch woven garments: Overlay and Reverse Applique, various stitches that work for each method, and when to use each of them. Then mend a knit or crochet garment with traditional darning.

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Mending is an essential part of maintaining your handmade or Slow-Fashion wardrobe, and patching and darning are your key techniques. Cal will show you 2 different ways to patch a hole in woven garments: Overlay and Reverse Applique, various stitches that work for each method, and when to use them. Then you will mend a hole in a knitted or crocheted garment with traditional darning. Whether you try to do it invisibly or artfully, you’ll extend the life of your favorite woolies by knowing how to darn them. Traditional darning works well for smaller holes or areas that are worn thin. You might have so much fun, you’ll actually be happy to see a new hole in your most-loved and worn garments! No prerequisite skills.

Supply List
• 2 items (woven or T-shirt) with holes to be patched, or a piece of fabric to become a “mending sampler”
• Scraps of woven and knit fabric for patches
• Hand-sewing needles in a few sizes
• All-purpose, buttoncraft, or top-stitching thread
• Embroidery floss
• Pins
• Scissors
• A sock, sweater, or other knit item with a small (about 1.5” or less) hole to be darned (can be hand or machine knit)
• Small amount of yarn comparable to what the original is knit from (probably between fingering and worsted), can be matching or contrast
• Tapestry needles in a few smaller sizes (or any needles with an eye large enough for yarn)

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Catherine L.
Teacher is wonderful. Class is basic.

Cal is a lovely person and a very good instructor. She is very patient and supportive, and fun! I had hoped that the class would go beyond ordinary patching and darning, into some more interesting embroidery or sashiko. Please offer those next time if you can.

Such a great, supportive instructor.

This was a wonderful class. Cal has a way of making you feel able to perform the tasks and gives support and guidance so you can be successful. She is a delight! I would definitely take a course from her again.