Make Do And Mend, with The Pale Rook


Sun 20 November

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Sun 13 November
11am – 4pm

Join us for a creative day of meditative mending as part of our special programme of sustainability focussed workshops supported by Creative Scotland.

Get into the spirit of slow fashion using the ‘stitch don’t ditch’ approach. Get creative by darning your woolies and patching in bright colours and patterns under the expert tuition of textile artist Johanna Flannigan, aka The Pale Rook. Ucycling and repairing is more than just about stitching, it is a philosophy, and a tool for future sustainability. By repairing our well loved woolies we can begin to break the cycle of fast fashion, saving old clothes from landfill, and saving ourselves money to boot! Visible mending is both a useful skill, and a therapeutic pastime, a soothing and repetitive task to help you relax and tune out the stresses of the day.

All materials and equipment are provided, however you are welcome to bring a garment of your own to mend any yarns you would like to incorporate into your work.

We have partnered with Creative Scotland to offer half price places on this and all of our sustainability focussed workshops. 50% discounts are available to anyone who needs help to cover the cost of their course. We aim to remove cost as a barrier to participation, enabling access for all to creative learning opportunities. READ MORE HERE

About Your Tutor

“I studied textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and fashion the Royal College of Art in London.  I have been making dolls, puppets and creatures since childhood but only stopped hiding them from other people in the last few years.

Themes of transformation and transmutation are always present in my work.  I create figures that are frozen in the moment between one state and the next.  Rather than aiming to recreate a flawless, idealised view of the human figure in a doll,  I find beauty in the incomplete, the broken, the decayed, lost, unexpected and vulnerable.

All of my pieces are individually hand dyed using herbal and plant infusions gathered in Scotland and prepared by hand in my studio.  Each piece is a response not only to my own creative inclination at the time of making, but to the season,  weather, vegetation and environment around me at a particular time and place.”


“Johanna really helps free you of pre conceived ideas of how to create. I found it extremely liberating.”

“Johanna’s course was brilliant, you don’t need advanced sewing skills to create some amazing things. I found her to be both knowledgeable and attentive, which really brought out my own skills and creativity. “

  • All tools and materials are included in the course cost
  • Tea and coffee are provided but participants should bring their own lunch and utensils
  • All of our classes are suitable for over 16s, younger crafters may be accommodated if accompanied by a participating adult but please contact us before booking
  • If the workshop you were looking at is fully booked drop us an email and we’ll add you to the waiting list. As restrictions ease we might be able to add more spaces to some of our courses. We will add extra dates to our most popular workshops too, join the mailing list to be the first to know

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