Darning: Visible Mending for any Fabric

May 20 - May 21, 2023

Darning: Visible Mending for any Fabric


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $45

This workshop will teach you how to repair worn and damaged clothing, fabrics, and textiles using basic and intermediate darning techniques. Darning is a simple mending method that can fix holes of any size or shape in virtually any kind of fabric–it can be subtle or bold and artfully visible, and uses very simple tools. Darning allows you to personalize and extend the life of beloved objects, making it both a craft practice and a sustainability practice. In this workshop, you will practice on fabric scraps before moving on to your own damaged textiles–socks, sweaters, oven mitts, or just about anything else you can’t bear to throw away!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Hannah Oatman

Hannah Oatman is a craftsperson based in Providence, RI. She fell in love with jewelry while attending Pratt Institute, and holds a BFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. She spends her time immersed in her craft practices–including textile repair, jewelry, gardening, baking, and home renovations–and believes heartily that craft has the ability to make the world more connected, more beautiful, and more sustainable.

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