Visible Mending: Colorful Knitwear Repair

A course by Ellen Saville
Creative Director. New York, United States.
Joined November 2020
, Creative Director

Extend the lifespan of your knitwear garments by developing your own mending style with colorful stitches

  • 76 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Visible Mending: Colorful Knitwear Repair

Extend the lifespan of your knitwear garments by developing your own mending style with colorful stitches


  • Available from April 12, 2021
  • 76 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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A knitted garment is often appreciated beyond its colors and designs, by reminding us of who made it, or the time and place it was found. The ability to mend and repair our beloved knitwear clothing helps preserve the memories found in their stitches and is a great way to extend the lifecycle of our garments and live more sustainably.

Ellen Saville is the co-founder and creative director of The Endery, a brand devoted to creating handcrafted knitwear in Lima, Peru, made from leftover yarn. She believes that developing your own mending style is a conscious way to fight consumerism and deepen your relationship with your clothes. In this course, she shows you how to mend your knitwear from scratch and develop your own colorful mending style to upcycle your favorite pieces.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introducing the Tools You Need to Get Started with Visible Mending
  • U3
    U3. Using Visible Mending Techniques
  • U4
    U4. Washing and Caring For Your Knits
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin by learning about how Ellen Saville, co-founded The Endery and her love for visible mending. She shares her inspirations and what has moved and influenced her throughout her textile journey.

Explore the materials Ellen recommends to start building your mending kit and learn about the differences between cotton, alpaca, and wool threads. Then, see how to build an unruly color palette that defies the concept of fast fashion.

Next, it’s time to start mending! See how to prepare your knitwear by learning the difference between rips, frays, and holes. Then, work colors and shapes into your knits and learn variations of the basic weaving mend. Understand how to adapt your mending techniques to different textures when working with both chunky and fine yarn. Define your own distinctive style by creating your own style guide with the stitches Ellen has taught you as inspiration.

Discover how to finish your mends and set them with an iron. Get Ellen’s advice on caring for your knits when washing them. Finally, share your mended knitwear creations on social media with Ellen’s expert tips.

What is this course's project?

Learn how to mend a knitted sweater and a pair of socks with visible mending techniques.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning visible mending techniques that give a new, sustainable life to clothing. Upcyclers and lovers of crafts will discover new colorful ways to customize their knits.

What you need

No previous experience is required to take this course.

As for materials, you will need a knitted sweater or a pair of socks (Ellen will be working on both garment types), darning needles, darning tools (or a glass and an orange), fabric scissors or clippers, a selection of yarns for mending, a packet of pins, denim patches from an old pair of jeans, and an elastic band.


Ellen Saville

A course by Ellen Saville

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Creative Director

Ellen Saville is the creative director and co-founder of The Endery, a knitwear clothing brand based in Lima, Peru, committed to creating sustainable pieces using leftover yarn from other productions. She is a sustainable fashion advocate, passionate about mending and creating a more sustainable culture in the way we consume fashion.

The Endery’s most recent projects include a collection for designer Lindsay Degen and an accessories collection for Anthropologie. Ellen also develops yearly hand-knitted collections for alpaca mill Inca Tops and has launched sustainable productions for brands such as Nike and Banana Republic.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Introducing the Tools You Need to Get Started with Visible Mending

    • Materials
    • An Intro to Fibers, Yarns, and Mending on Different Textures
    • Approaches to Color and Building a Palette
    • Repurposing Yarn From Old Sweaters
  • U3

    Using Visible Mending Techniques

    • Holes and Tears in Knits
    • Playing with Color and Shape, and Developing Variations on the Same Stitch 1
    • Playing with Color and Shape, and Developing Variations on the Same Stitch 2
    • Playing with Color and Shape, and Developing Variations on the Same Stitch 3
    • Playing with Color and Shape, and Developing Variations on the Same Stitch 4
    • Fraying and Unravelling on Cuffs, Soles of Socks and Heels and Elbows 1
    • Fraying and Unravelling on Cuffs, Soles of Socks and Heels and Elbows 2
    • Fraying and Unravelling on Cuffs, Soles of Socks and Heels and Elbows 3
    • Reinforcing with Duplicate Stitches. Swiss Darning
    • Combining Mending Techniques to Create Your Own Distinctive Style
  • U4

    Washing and Caring For Your Knits

    • Finishing Your Mends and Washing Your Sweater
    • Knitwear After-Care
    • Building Your Social Media Community
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Upcycling Knitwear with Colorful Visible Mending

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Visible Mending: Colorful Knitwear Repair. A Craft course by Ellen Saville

Visible Mending: Colorful Knitwear Repair

A course by Ellen Saville
Creative Director. New York, United States.
Joined November 2020
  • 76 students