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may, 2024

18may2:30 pm5:00 pmGrandma's Hands: An introduction to hand sewing repairs (woollen Items)A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENT METHODS OF HAND SEWING OR DARNING YOUR HOLEY WOOLLENS WITH BARLEY MASSEY

Event Details

Here at Fabrications we are regularly asked if we undertake repairs and alterations to various items of clothing. With Hackneys moth epidemic on the increase, it should come as no surprise that the most popular requests are for repairs to woollen jumpers.

Although we do not undertake garment repairs we usually offer those enquiring two options for repairs. The first option we recommend is that the person try using a dry cleaners to undertake the job. However, we always point out that this can often work out as an expensive option. Along with that option we always try to encourage the person to try to carrying out the repair themselves, offering advice on ways that they might achieve this.

Sadly, in recent years, and maybe as a result our growing “throw away” culture, there has been a marked decline in the practice of learning even the most basic of clothing repair skills. As such, many of us now lack a real understanding of the various stitching techniques and tricks, used in basic fabric repairs. This is also the case with traditional weaving and darning techniques used to mend and prolong the life of our cherished woollen garments.

In light of this situation, Barley has put together a comprehensive hand repair workshop focusing on common woollen garment repairs. The workshop is not only very informative, but also very enjoyable encouraging a really mindful approach to clothing repairs.


On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:

– Use 2 types of ‘Darning’ techniques: Traditional Weave & Swiss Darning

–  Experiment with needle felting or ‘woolfill’ 

– Apply techniques to different weights of woolens from fine cashmere jumpers to chunky hand knits

– Explore ‘Visible Mending’

– Consider different colour combinations and creative features

– Fix unravelled cuffs, other edges and seams

– Never throw away a sock again! 


Class Size: Max 6 students

TIME: 2:30 – 5pm

Class Includes: A starter darning kit and swatches to practise on (you are also welcome to bring along items of clothing to work on directly. Please ensure any moth eaten items have been put in the freezer for at least 1 week to kill any moth eggs that may still be dormant in the item before introducing to our studio!)

PRICE: £45 or £80 (when booking the 2 sessions – fabric & woollen repairs) 

HOW TO BOOK: Contact us directly on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE

Please Note: The workshop will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)



(Saturday) 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Barley MasseyTextile Designer Maker & Founder/Caretaker of Fabrications 7 Broadway Market

Fabrications7 Broadway MarketThe workshop / event takes place in the Fabrications "Imaginerium" studio located downstairs from the shop area.