Visible Mending Course for Beginners

Learn how to mend your clothes and other homewares for beginners


Narda Campbell Designs

Narda Campbell Designs

4.9 (74)

3 x 2.5 hours Class size 1 to 5

label $170 - $200 (or 4 payments of $43 - $50 Afterpay)
($200 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $170 for 2+ guests)



In this three-part course, you will be using clothing you already own and with a bit of practice, you will be able to fix and up-cycle almost anything!

This trio of workshops focuses on hand stitching – as not everyone has access to a sewing machine – but it is quite simple and inexpensive to obtain hand sewing equipment.

For this class, you can use your pieces of clothing or hand me downs/ups/across or just op shop buys that need to be adjusted to fit better. Your teacher will guide you on how to use visible mending and simple hand stitching to repair your clothing so they will have a new lease of life!

Some of the methods you will learn are sewing on buttons, basic hemming, Boro Stitching, slip stitching, patching and reinforcing with fabric. We will also look at dyeing and over-dyeing as a method to up-cycle clothing (the dye will be supplied). As well as all the above, you will learn simple embroidery stitches to embellish your repairs to make the finished pieces unique.

You will also learn how to make your own pieces of hand-dyed fabric, and other bits of fabric to use when patching, etc., and your teacher will show you her extensive design library for inspiration and samples of what she has made, hand-dyed and remade herself.

These sessions are perfect for re-enactors and those who want to practice some thrift. These short workshops are also great for those who are doing textiles for their HSC and would like to explore design options using recycling!

Please note:

  • This in-person class is available for scheduled and requested times.
  • The class is run in the teacher's home studio.
  • Narda is also available to run workshops in the Blue Mountains (please enquire).



Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:


Add-on available for this class
  • Extra sessions ($55)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
No previous experience is needed.
 
What you'll get
Each participant will go home with a simple kit (worth $28) containing:
  • A seam ripper,
  • A small pair of snips
  • A small embroidery hoop
  • A needle grip
  • A small container of needles and pins
  • A piece of hand-dyed fabric to practice on
  • Written instructions and a list of places to source supplies
What to bring
Nothing is needed for the first session - in subsequent lessons, students need to bring something to repair but this will be discussed during the first lesson.
 
Session repeats

After the first session, subsequent sessions can be arranged with the teacher, at a time that suits you.

Suitable for

This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 14 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Location

Meadowbank, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Narda Campbell Designs
Narda Campbell Designs

Over 25 years experience in teaching & creating.

4.9 (74)

A fibre artist, designer, teacher, and history nut, I am fascinated by all forms of colour and pattern in daily life as an expression of culture and identity.

I love teaching and sharing what I know, helping people to stretch their skills, create new experiences & explore their own creativity.

I firmly believe there is no such thing as a non-creative person.
Everyone has the potential to be creative.
It could be in cooking, gardening, interior design, writing or as in my case - FIBRE arts.

As a teacher with 30 years experience, I get a real buzz when a student who hasn't tried a specific craft before - not only masters it, but becomes excited by the ways they can use their new skill.

I started in Jewellery design when I was in my early 20's, then discovered that all the things I love to do (design, dye, draw, felt, paint, etc) could be used in the practice of 'Hand or Surface Embroidery'.

I taught the 'Foundation course' in Colour & Design at the International School of Colour & Design.

I am a published textile designer & also run week-long textile experiences in Tasmania every January.
I have exhibited many of my pieces in a variety of spaces & had one piece auctioned off to raise money for the Embroiderers Guild of NSW.

My influences come from various parts of history both ancient and modern, the natural world (especially birds & fish) & the written word.
I love to read.
I collect folktales & poetry.
These interests often show up in my work - in quotes or images inspired by what I've read.

I bring all of these experiences & interests to my teaching of Hand Embroidery & encourage students to explore the potential of this ancient art form.

The same can be said of my other design practices - wirework, up-cycling clothing & free form crochet + knitting.
I also teach spinning - I dye & spin my own yarn.

Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.


health_and_safety
Narda Campbell Designs is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).

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I will be limiting the numbers in each class to just one booking per class - to minimise risk to both participants & myself.

Everything that is used is clean & wiped using govt guidelines.
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