Apr 11

The big mend

You’ll have noticed that I’m a bit of a fan of mending – in theory, if not always in practice. Like everyone else, I seem to have an ever-growing pile of things with holes or without buttons, waiting to be rescued from the clothing version of limbo.

Well, I’m thrilled to announce a new project happening very close to home which will help to redress that problem. It’s called the Big Mend and it aims to get Bath (or the small corner of it in which I live) mending its ways. Imagine a great big sociable gaggle of people sewing on buttons, darning, nibbling snacks and gossiping. That should be it. There will be sewing tools on hand to use, free of charge, and other helpful items to purchase, should you wish. Or you are welcome to bring along your own bits and pieces. If your problem is carving out the time and space, hopefully we can give you that. If your problem is trepidation or insufficient skills, we aim to be able to help you with that too; if there isn’t someone there who will know how to fix your beloved vintage dress, we will know where to look to find out.

Our first meeting of the Big Mend will be on Wednesday 24th April at Crockadoodledo, Larkhall from 7-9pm. You’re very welcome to drop in any time you like (though it would be advisable not to arrive at quarter to 9 if you have a long hem to repair). Entry is free.

Huge thanks are due to Caroline Harris, local author on matters thrifty (amongst many other talents) who encouraged me to pursue this idea. Curiously enough, she provided the  inspirational spark for the project when she wrote an article for Bath Life back in May 2009.

Caroline 's Bath Life article

 

In her article, Caroline rued the parlous state of her three pairs of jeans, and wished for what she called a ‘mending amnesty… an occasion where you can bring along all that forlorn forgotten sewing and do it in company, with a chat and a drink’. I read that and thought: That’s me! I can do that! And here it is, three years later, after a few false starts;  I  actually conjured up the artwork way back then (see it propped against this antique sewing machine?) but have managed to sit on it ever since. I just hope that Caroline’s favourite jeans are still salvageable.

The Big Mend takes place on the last Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm. May’s event (30th May) takes place at the Museum of Bath at Work in Julian Road. Entry is free, so just turn up!

 

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  1. Laurie says:

    I love this idea! The Big Mend sounds like just what I need to get me to open my various stash bags of clothes in need of attention. Hmm, is 6,000km too far to travel for a little mending encouragement? I look forward to hearing news from the event.

  2. @EcoEcoHope says:

    I had considered the same thing up here in Derbyshire – a monthly 'mend and bitch' so to speak (although I'd far prefer a 'mend and cake'). Sadly I never had time to organise it. Perhaps you would consider running a similar afternoon event in Dorset once we've moved down there.

  3. Knitcave says:

    Oh, sounds fun but I have a meeting booked for the inaugural meeting. Hopefully I can make the second one.

  4. Helen says:

    This sounds fab I'd love to come – sadly dragging the spare sofa cover (currently top of the to be mended pile) all the way to Bath probably isn't that practical a notion. I shall stitch by my fireside and think of you putting the world to rights in so many ways as you mend :-)

  5. Rhian says:

    Quick check – do you mean Wednesday the 25th?

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