Dear Gemini : Virtual Visible Mending Workshop
A zoom link will be emailed to you the week before the class.
You have the option to purchase the class on its own, or the class and a dear gemini mending kit. See the kit description here.
In this workshop you will explore how to extend the life of your clothing and cherished textiles with visible mending. We all have that favorite pair of jeans or a well-loved sweater — no matter how baggy or worn they might become. In the movement against throw-away culture and fast fashion, learn how to pick up a needle and rediscover the forgotten techniques and the joy of mending. We will cover a variety of techniques for knitwear like weave mending, blanket and duplicate stitch, which is also known as swiss darning. The workshop will also cover patching a garment from the front and back. No previous experience is required.
- A darning needle suitable to the size of yarn or thread you are using
- A sharp needle about 2 inches long for doing sashiko stitch
- Mending yarn (should be no bigger than worsted weight. Using leftovers and remnants is strongly encouraged! DMC tapestry wool is also a good option, as it is sold in small skeins in a variety of colors)
- Sashiko thread (in either indigo or white, or embroidery cotton floss will work fine too)
- Scissors and a surface to mend on like a darning mushroom but items found in your home such as a light bulb, tennis ball, or wood ladle would work
- Scrap fabric for patches
- Items to mend (sweater, cotton shirt, denim/cotton pants)