Visible mending – knitted and woven fabrics with Sarah Elwick

Sewing, embroidery and accessories

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About this course

Learn a range of techniques used to mend both knitted and woven garments. Working with your own garments, the tutor will help you plan an approach to revitalise these into beautiful original works of art.

Course Description

The course starts with a discussion and demonstration of a range of techniques used in visible mending that you can use on your own clothes. Sarah will bring garments of her own that she has mended to demonstrate and discuss key techniques, and the suitability of different yarn and fabric types for mending.

She will demonstrate hand-stitched, colourful, visible mending techniques for knitwear, hand stitching in different coloured yarns, in a warp and weft technique to create a woven effect, artisan, darned patch for any holes. This technique can also be used to create a darn that blends more with the colour of the original garment, if you want a less visible mend.

She will also demonstrate how to add creative and beautiful patches to knitted and/or jersey garments such as t-shirts, sweatshirts and leggings, where you may have bigger or smaller holes that require patching.

With a mindful approach and a passion for sustainability, Sarah will share her knowledge of yarn and fabric selection, as well as construction and technique ideas for different mending projects you may want to attempt. There will be time for you to receive individual tuition from Sarah on your personal projects.

This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including a sample shadecard of beautiful 1ply Italian merino, and 2ply Scottish lambswool. She will also bring some scraps that can be used for patching. Sarah will also supply a visible mending hand-out, cardboard, and examples of the darning she has undertaken on her own garments.

On this course the College will supply some of the materials for use including: darning needles, bondaweb, scrap fabric and yarn, but if you have any of your own yarn, needles, or darning equipment you would like to bring, please do so.

What students need to bring

Your own garments to mend; these can include hand or machine knitted garments, t-shirts, other jersey or sweatshirts that may require a patch and woven garments.

Any fine yarn or scrap fabric you may want to use to patch with.

A darning mushroom, any large eyed darning needles you have and fabric scissors

Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (not sandals).


Sarah Elwick

Sarah graduated from Winchester School of Art with a 1st class degree in knitted textiles, then going onto the MA in Menswear knitwear from the RCA in 2005. She currently works as a senior lecturer in Textiles and Business Studies at the University of Brighton, alongside her own practice which now focusses on using waste materials, mending and upcycling garments. 

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