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Coronavirus Temporary Closure: Please note that Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery will be closed from 17 March 2020. You can keep up to date with the latest information here.

Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

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Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

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1 February 2020, 10.30am – 4.30pm

This workshop is now fully booked.

Join artist Celia Pym for a one-day textile mending workshop. You will look at and explore the cloth and fabric of Kettle’s Yard, observing damage and repair. Celia will then teach you textile mending techniques and help repair your own items.

The slow ageing and softening of a home can often be read in its fabrics. At Kettle’s Yard, Jim Ede made his own repairs to upholstery and collected beautiful and exquisitely detailed embroidered rugs and textiles, including several by Ben Nicholson. The workshop will explore the damage and repair of rugs, sheets, towels, curtains and cushion covers – the fabric of our lives – with a special tour of the House focusing on these quieter materials. Following a discussion of artists who work with repair and damage, Celia will then teach you ways to mend your own fabrics, exploring the tenderness and care of mending, its practical and useful nature and the ‘good enough mend’.

You will learn basic woven darn and patching techniques and are welcome to bring your own cloths, towels, sheets and pillow cases to repair and mend.

Tickets are £125, booking required.

Tickets include:

  • Refreshments on arrival
  • A private tour of Kettle’s Yard
  • Demonstrations and a practical mending workshop
  • Please note lunch is not included

No previous darning, knitting or needle-based experience is necessary.

About the tutor

Celia Pym has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small everyday holes, at heels, elbows, in pockets as well as working on more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal nesting and moths issues. Celia’s interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear out.”

Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London, most recently her work has been included in exhibitions Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid and 21_21, Tokyo. Celia had a solo show in collaboration with TOAST in 2019, working on their customers worn down knitwear.  In 2018 she was commissioned to make Flying Gold Cape for Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. A new ambitious work using the a cape from the museums archive collection of Opera Garnier costumes. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Mixed Media textiles at the Royal College of Art.


The galleries, entrance area and Clore Learning Studio are all fully wheelchair accessible. Around three-quarters of the House is not accessible to wheelchair users. The upper part of the ground floor extension area of the House is accessible for wheelchair users and if you let us know when you book we can arrange to put a ramp out so that the whole of the downstairs extension area is accessible.

There are several sets of stairs in the House, including a spiral staircase. Please let us know if you would prefer not to use the spiral staircase and we can provide an alternative route around the House.

Terms and Conditions

Tickets are non-refundable.

If you need to cancel your booking, please inform us in writing as soon as possible at Kettle’s Yard Courses, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 OAQ or email us at

No ticket may be resold or transferred.

We ask that you let us know at time of booking, of any allergy or food intolerance, and any dietary requirements.

Kettle’s Yard reserves the right to alter any part of the programme if necessary. We will only cancel courses after careful consideration, but reserve the right to do so under exceptional circumstances. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be informed in writing as soon as possible and course fees will be refunded in full.