Guides and tips

There’s lots of ways to mend and patch. We commonly use darning, visible mending, embroidery and bring along books that have examples and further ideas. Since running our workshops we have seen common issues that come up.

Visible Mending, Sashiko and Boro stitching
There is a big craft movement for Visible mending, usually using Japanese Sashiko and boro stitching to patch to celebrate used clothes and by adding patches celebrating its age and history.

Patching: Here is the Ealing repair guide on how to get started patching your clothes

All About Knees: One of the most popular mends that appears at our sessions is trousers needing attention at the knees.

Darning: Lots of people used to darn holes in their socks, but it seems that that socks have become so low in price they have been devalued so much they are no longer darning! However, Ealing Repair cafe is bringing this tradition back and happy to show how to do this technique.

Embroidery: Can be used over patches and stains to decorate and improve the item.

We have posted more on our Facebook page.

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