Hand darning (Ōtepoti)

Learn the traditional craft of hand darning.


$44.00 per person



About this experience

  • Oct 26, 1pm-3pm

Repairing your clothing by hand darning makes them last longer and age beautifully. It also helps grow a connection to your clothing through the time spent carefully appreciating their structure. This workshop is a beautiful opportunity to re-engage with the ancient art of darning, which can be applied to any item of clothing made from woven or knitted fabric. Repair subtly or make a statement with contrasting colours to add character, the choice is yours.

This technique can also be applied to socks, but is different to Swiss darning which involves a re-knitting stitch technique.

Please note:

  • All materials and tools will be provided, but please bring an item of clothing made from woven or knitted fabric that needs darning as well as matching thread if you have it.

  • This workshop is suitable for adults.



Bookings are non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand.

Your Host

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Bella specialises in textile craft. She has a special interest in handmade objects using slow intentional processes including growing her own natural dye and pigment garden, weaving, stitching and spinning. She aims for quality in all things she makes and believes slow creation is important in a world that moves at great pace, always endeavouring to create enduring pieces with an emphasis on storytelling, resourcefulness, and care. Bella is teaching darning and felt bowls, and hosting some of our mending club sessions.