Mending - Bridge Darebin: Preston and Thornbury


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Mending course

When: Commences Tuesday 28 April
Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm x 6 sessions
Where: This course will be taught online in Term 2.

Cost: to be advised; contact the organiser for updates.

Learn a wide range of mending techniques for clothes and other textiles, including hand sewing, patching, darning and needle felting, from professional mender Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald, author of the book Modern Mending.

This course focuses on visible mending – creative, colourful repairs – but also covers some invisible methods.

The course is suitable for ages 15 and up; no mending experience is required but basic hand-sewing experience is recommended. (Bridge Darebin also runs a sewing course if you’d like to learn sewing basics.)

The course fee includes a copy of the book, with 240 pages of detailed mending instructions and inspiration.

Students are encouraged to bring their own mending projects to work on.

Student testimonials

“It has been so rewarding to breathe new life and creativity into my clothes. I’ve fixed ripped jeans, patched my jacket and finally learned to darn socks. Now I see moth holes as opportunities for visible mending art projects, and old favourites that I thought were just rags are now back in active use. Erin leaves you with the confidence, skills and inspiration to tackle your mending pile and the techniques are so straightforward that I’ve already passed them on to friends and family. Your wallet and the environment will thank you – you can’t afford not to do this course!”
— Kat, Term 3 2019 student

“Bridge Darebin’s mending course is fantastic. I learnt loads of new mending skills (plus some good sewing tips) and had fun doing it. Erin’s a very engaging presenter who explains things well and is generous with sharing both her expertise and her mending supplies too. The group doing the course together were lovely, so supportive and encouraging.”
— Claire O, Term 3 2019 student

“I really enjoyed and recommend the mending course. Erin is a wealth of knowledge and generous in sharing her tips and tricks, along with other resources from great books to mending supplies and tools. Lots of inspiration too with the beautiful mending samples Erin brought in to share.”
–Claire L, Term 2 2019 student

“Thank you so much for an incredible class! I am so inspired and have already volunteered (eek!) to mend some friends’ clothes. I am also planning to start a group in the New Year that meets once a month to make, create and share our knowledge on mending, crafts, making :)”
— Term 4 2018 student

“I loved this course. It gave me lots of techniques and inspiration for mending clothes in a creative and practical way.”
— Term 3 2018 student

“The course was really well balanced and certainly delivered on its description, I definitely feel I could/can mend my own clothes – now just to find the time. Erin was a great teacher and helped develop a great group dynamic. Thanks for the new skills. The course was also excellent value.”
— Term 3 2018 student

“Erin was very generous with her time and knowledge. It was great to hear about her philosophy, experiences, and see examples of her work. She was also excellent at encouraging everyone’s projects.”
— Term 3 2018 student

“Erin has a wonderful positive approach and makes everyone feel like they can achieve.”
— Term 3 2018 student

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