As a child in northern Alberta I was forced to spend an hour or so on Sunday mornings learning to embroider something, probably a tray cloth. I HATED it. I hated sewing and knitting and brussels sprouts and all other forced acquaintances. (What fun my parents must have had.) As an adult I wish I could go back and acquire those skills I despised. I have begun to discover how much fun and satisfaction can be found in a pile of fabrics and well-worn garments by someone armed with a needle, thread and imagination.

the back yoke of an old jeans jacket has a cross-stitch skull at its centre surrounded by geometric stitching in blues and purples.
My very first sashiko repair. I made many errors, but I still love the result.

Boro and visible mending are hot topics in the artistic world. They fit perfectly into our changing view of consumerism as something that drives pollution and climate change: instead of buying yet another item of cheap fashion clothing, why not mend what you have? Transform it into wearable art and a visible statement of your concern for our future? This short workshop provides an opportunity for you to try your hand at hand-stitching on woven and knit fabrics. We will sample techniques ranging from classic sashiko and freestyle chikuchiku to swiss darns and woven darns for quick repair of socks. This isn’t a masterclass in any one technique, it’s a tasting menu: my goal is to encourage you to make stitches and help you to understand how you can use your stitches, fabric and imagination to repair the garments you love.

Sarah Wroot

part of a hand holds up the sleeve of a dark grey sweatshirt to show dense geometric stitched repairs in scarlet silk.
Finely stitched repairs in handspun red silk tell the world I cherish this old sweatshirt.
Pattern darning in bright colours adds strength and decoration to an old sweater.