Visible mending: how to upcycle your clothes

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

Give your worn-out and damaged clothing a new life with this mending workshop, suitable for all levels of skill. It will teach you simple hand and machine stitching techniques which you can use time and again to repair your clothes

Course content

Use your creativity to transform your worn and torn clothing into something to be admired and re-loved.

Ever heard the saying “It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful”? In this workshop we will be taking damaged, worn and over-loved items of clothing, and making them beautiful once more.

Bring along any damaged item of clothing – a jumper or t-shirt with holes in it, a ripped pair of trousers or jeans – and we’ll show you how to cleverly disguise faults and flaws using coloured and patterned scraps of recycled fabric to create beautiful decorative and unique designs.

Support and feedback

The tutor will be there for demonstrations 1:1 feedback, help and support.

Additional costs and requirements

No previous experience necessary. Bring along any damaged items of clothing or fabric. If you have scraps of fabric that you would love to include then bring these too.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

With a background in state education and community arts, Elena believes passionately in nurturing the artist that dwells within us all. Having fun and enjoying the process is central to this core belief. She aims to maintain a supportive environment for all to enjoy the creative process at every level.

Elena has been teaching a wide range of Art, Craft, Textiles, Photography and environmental education for over 13 years. She has a degree in Visual Communication and specialised in Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. This led to an interest in experimental techniques exploring the rich history of the medium including homemade and box cameras. Her professional work includes working with a professional commercial photographer and animation production in London. She is currently discovering cyanotype and anthotype processes using the natural world as an alternative to the darkroom.

Elena has pursued a wide range of creative processes since then including illustration, green woodworking and puppetry. Perhaps inspired by a family background in tailoring and millinery, she is a keen maker using textile techniques such as batik, felt and stitch.

Start date13 July 2019
End date13 July 2019
Start time10:00
End time15:30
Concessions not available