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Stitching & Visible Mending, Boro & Sashiko Workshop | Chichester Sewing Courses




Slow fashion and mending your clothes is becoming more and more popular in the modern world, with Japanese stitching techniques taking centre stage. In this relaxing workshop Charlotte will introduce you to the basics of the Japanese ‰غ÷Boro‰غھ technique, which is an ancient practice of patching fabric on top of existing fabric using utilitarian stitches in order to strengthen the fabric, and in the process making beautiful cloth.

Modern visible mending technique is an amalgamation of Japanese Boro using sashiko stitching and other traditional techniques where running stitch is used to quilt and reinforce garments. Using small running stitches you can be as neat and tidy as you like or completely relaxed and free!

About your Teacher:

Charlotte from A Nest of Gentle Makers has had a passion for textiles and making since childhood. She is a keen believer in mending and derives great satisfaction from continuing the life of a favourite shirt or pair of trousers. She is a free spirit (messy) sewer so is thrilled with the new interest in visible mending rather than aiming for an invisible repair!

Class Size:

Maximum class size of 8.


This course is for all abilities.


You will need to bring a piece of clothing you wish to mend, ideally denim. If you don't have jeans to bring then there will be cotton bartender's aprons available. You'll also need some Sashiko needles, embroidery thread and
8 - 10 small pieces of Japanese fabric, all of which are available to buy from Charlotte on the day at a cost of ه£7 to ه£10 depending on whether you would like an apron or not.

Course Duration:

1 half day


Workshops are held in our colourful and cosy studio, above the shop. There is lots of space to spread out and a separate chill out area to have a break. The shop is located in central Chichester, about a 10 minute walk from the train and bus station. The closest car park is The Cattle Market.

Clothkits Ltd, 16 The Hornet, Chichester, PO19 7JG

Tel: 01243 533180


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