Mending Guild with Jennifer Brant

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Date(s) - 20/01/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


6 sessions, Wednesday nights 7-8.30PST on zoom

Jan 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 3, 17, 31

$90, materials not included

Have moths nibbled on your favourite woolens? Are the inner thighs of your jeans getting thin? Have the elbows worn out on that beautiful fisherman’s sweater your grandmother knit?  Let’s repair them!

The Mending Guild is designed to facilitate building some basic hand mending skills to give new life to old and worn things. Some skills we can cover include swiss darning, stocking darning, knitted patches, fraying cuffs repair, worn jeans reinforcement, and patching holes in jeans, trousers and other woven fabrics. 

The group meets every other week to allow time for finishing projects so you are ready to leap into new mends each session.

Jennifer developed a love of textiles and fibres early in life, collecting scraps to stitch while under her mother’s sewing table, and nestling up against both grandmothers as they knit and crocheted. As a young, single parent, thrifting and repair were essential parts of clothing herself and her child. This skill set, born out of necessity, quickly became a beloved activity, and wove its way into her formal art practice. A graduate of ECUAD, with a BFA and an MFA, she continues to centralize textiles and associated processes in her work. She draws mending inspiration from Tom of Holland and Angela Maddock, both of whom she workshopped with in 2017, and is always very excited to learn new techniques.

You will need various sized blunt and sharp needles for all the techniques.

for darning

-wool that is the same or slightly thinner than the woolens to be repaired

-a darning mushroom, darning egg or another smooth, rounded surface (I have used a stone, a ladle and a jar in a pinch)

 for patching and/or reinforcing

-fabric scraps that are the same weight or slightly lighter than the item to be repaired

-embroidery floss or thick thread

 for repairing cuffs

-small double pointed needles

-wool of a comparable weight

 for knitted patches

-knitting needles and wool that will give roughly the same thickness of knit as the garment (if you want a more seamless patch)


This event is fully booked.