Love clothes, hate waste? Forget fast fashion and learn to mend your favourites and revamp outdated outfits.

Festival-goers are invited to bring along any clothes in need of a repair or restyle, and this hands-on workshop will offer demonstrations and advice on how to love your clothes for longer.

A series of three hands-on workshops will give participants creative possibilities for repairing and enhancing their clothes and household textiles both visibly and invisibly.

Mending offers a great life skill which can save clothes from landfill, reduce environmental impact and save money.

You can also bring along your clean items in need of repair and we can discuss the possibilities!

Workshops Outline: 

10.30am – 11.15am – Mend Your Clothes

Do you have a favourite piece of clothing that is looking the worst for wear? This workshop will show you how to make the clothes you love last with ways to repair and embellish your clothing making them a delight to wear again.

11.45am – 12.30pm – Darning Woollens

Do you have a favourite jumper with worn-out elbows or that the moths had a feast on? You’ll be shown different forms of darning to fix those holes and make your woollens last. Add colour to your woollens for a visible repair or colour match wool to repair as invisibly as possible 

1.00pm – 1.45pm – Needle-felting to repair and embellish worn woollens

We will begin with some mending basics, look at how to prepare your woollens for repair and the art of needle felting. Then it will be time to get creative, applying beautiful patching.


Who will be teaching? 

Tamara Russell is a Textile Artist specialising in free machine embroidery, hand stitching, and mending based in Melbourne. She has been making her clothes and mending since a teenager.

Loving to personalise her wardrobe with visible mending, embroidery, and embellishment, Tamara enjoys teaching various forms of mending and embroidery. She also happily accepts commissions to mend your old favourites. Visit or follow her on Instagram @karhina_textileart and @tamararussellart


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Sat 20 / Feb 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM


String Bean Alley
Queen Victoria Market
513 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia



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