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Mending 101: Darning (February 18th) with Allie Hsu


Darning is the practice of mending holes or worn areas of fabric. While there are many methods of darning ideal for different types of fabric, the simplest form of darning consists of using a needle to reinforce the worn area by sewing warp threads over the worn area and weaving through them to create new fabric.

In this workshop, we will bring in pieces from our own wardrobe to darn together! Hand knits with small holes, jeans with holes worn through the knees or crotch, socks with worn toes and heels, and more are welcome! Whether you are hoping for an understated mend or a visible one which shows how well your piece has been loved, darning can patch up your wardrobe’s wear and tear in ways that will just make you love your clothes that much more.

Class Time

Saturday, February 18th from 10 am - 12 pm 

Materials (Not included)

  • Bring something to mend from home: preferably knits or non stretchy cotton or wool fabric. Stretchy jersey fabrics and straight tears/undone seams are less ideal for this method of mending.
  • Darning egg and/or mushroom 
  • Sachiko or long embroidery needles (big enough to thread fingering yarn and embroidery floss through the eye)
  • Cotton embroidery floss with no satin sheen, colorfast, in a variety of colors OR
  • Wool yarn for darning knits (Iroiro is a great option!)



Cancellation Policy

Classes require a minimum of 3 students. An emailed notification of cancellation will be sent 2 days before the class if the minimum is not met. In the case of shop cancellation, all registered students will be refunded the class fee. Any additional fees including materials and the shipping of materials are non-refundable. Student cancellations, missed classes or no-shows can not be refunded, exchanged or transferred.


**Photo courtesy of Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou and Isolda Teague**

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