Honest Mending - a May Morris Textile Workshop

Honest Mending - a May Morris Textile Workshop

in partnership with the William Morris Gallery

Course Type: 


General Interest, Leisure Learning
William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park,
United Kingdom
Required Equipment: 

Bring along a worn or damaged piece of clothing, cushion, curtain or a loved piece of fabric; all other equipment will be provided on the day.


£100 (includes lunch and refreshments)

Event details

24 April 2018, 10am-5pm

Following the continued success of our textile workshops, the SPAB is delighted to partner with the William Morris Gallery to present a NEW workshop for 2018: Honest Repairs for Old Clothes. Due to popular demand, we will be running the workshop on two dates this spring (23 and 24 April 2018). Each workshop will be led by Susie Vickery, textile artist and Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen UK, and Kate Barlow, tutor at the Royal School of Needlework.

This workshop is inspired by May Morris, younger daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement. She believed in the betterment of society and would be horrified at the current level of indiscriminate consumption that is destroying the environment. May Morris would have supported recycling, mending and repurposing of garments and homewares.

In this workshop we will apply this principle to your own worn or damaged garments or homewares. Instead of trying to repair them invisibly we will celebrate their age and former use with one of May Morris’s designs. Bring along a piece of clothing, cushion, curtain or a loved piece of fabric that has holes, tears or is threadbare. We will decorate it with a May Morris design using her favoured embroidery stitches. If you don’t have a suitably worn garment, bring along a favourite piece of fabric and you can embroider your chosen design onto it as a patch for future tears and moth holes.

This event will include brief presentations from both the SPAB and the William Morris Gallery. The gallery will be closed to the public on both workshop days, so delegates will have exclusive access to view some of the displays. The William Morris Gallery is housed in a Georgian house, built in the 1740s and set in Lloyd Park in Walthamstow, in north-east London. The grade II* listed building was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856. The only public gallery devoted to William Morris, it reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment.

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Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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