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The Well Worn mended shorts

Sashiko and Boro

My mending journey started many years ago when my favourite pair of jeans eventually wore out.

Rather than replacing them, I repaired them with small squares of cotton from a patchwork shop I worked in. 

I was partly inspired by my grandmother, who often made patchwork from scraps of leftover cloth from work, and partly by those jeans I loved. Boro and Sashiko have been influencing my work since then.  Known as "little stabs" in Japanese, sashiko is a form of needlework which is essentially a small running stitch. Sashiko stitching reinforces or repairs worn fabric or tears with patches, making the darned piece stronger and warmer.  Boro refers to reworking and repairing textiles (often clothes or bedding) through piecing, patching and stitching to extend their use. It is associated with Japan’s indigo-dyed hemp clothing tradition, which is why it works so well on denim and indigo clothes.



The art of mending to prolong the life of a garment or object is at the heart of what we do. If you are interested in having a go yourself - please book onto my workshop.

mending workshop

learn how to mend your favourite denim using stitching and patching.

Bring along your favourite worn denim piece which

needs a little TLC. Learn how to repair, stitch, patch

holes and rips using various techniques. Free workshop.

Numbers are limited - to secure your place email


location: handmade studio


3-4 Kings Walk, Winchester, S023 8AF.

mending workshop
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