Re-Purpose and Reinvent with our Classes

Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman


At the Eliot School, we believe in lifelong learning in creativity and craftsmanship. This requires a deliberate pace, attention to detail, and most of all, love for what you're doing. This notion is present on multiple levels in our Re-purpose, Recycle, Reinvent themed classes that focus on bringing new life to broken and damaged items in order to preserve, beautify and reflect.  The Christian Science Monitor recently visited our classroom for a mending class taught by Jessamy Kilcollins. Writer Sarah Lang describes her visit in her article Make do and mend: As landfills grow, people opt for needle and thread:

The evening classroom provides a glimpse into a “slow fashion” trend that is catching on across the United States. Fixing your favorite clothes isn’t just practical and sustainable, its adherents say. It’s also enjoyable and an antidote to tech-laden and sped-up lives.

We have a variety of classes that centered around repairing or reinventing damaged items into works of art, albeit functional. Do you have items in your house that could use love? We offer classes in:

  • Upholstery
  • Gilding & Frame Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Mending
  • Quilting
  • Weaving

And many more! Check out our current Re-Purpose, Recycle, Reinvent classes.

Is there something you'd like to fix that's not covered on this list? Let us know! Contact Dara Cheek, Director of Adult Programming, at .