The make do and mend mentality is a phrase that is no longer reserved for wartime Britain. Old school handicrafts have made quite the comeback in recent years, as we see households take on new hobbies in sewing, knitting, weaving and crocheting to either make their own clothes and gifts, or repair what they already have.
Making and mending requires a certain level of skill, which for some is passed down from generation to generation, but for those that don't have Grandma's, Nonna's, Aunt's or Mother's available to teach, where can they learn?
The Handmaker's Factory in Kensington offer classes in sewing, knitting and crocheting as well as all sorts of other crafts for complete beginners through to advanced. Crochet: Learn the basics, Learn to Knit through to a Refashioning & Mending Workshop cover the basics skills for those that would like to begin on their own projects at home. Alternatively, other unique classes pop up at the Handmaker's Factory teach all sorts of craft techniques including The Basics of Natural Dying, Stamp Carving for Printing on Fabric, Silk Scarf Shibori, Make Your Own Macramé Plant Hanger, Machine Knitting, Freeform Patchwork, Rag Weaving and more.
Classes are not just for adults either, with fun workshops offered for kids over the school holidays including Make Your Own Button Badges, Print Your Own Tote Bag, Sew Your Own Soft Toy and Learn To Rag Weave.
The Handmaker's Factory classes are held at Ink & Spindle Studio, Suite 206, 10 Elizabeth St Kensington VIC (enter via Elizabeth St, and make your way up to level 2. Look out for the big Ink & Spindle sign).