May 27

Mending night at the museum

Darning tools

Well, in all the bustle I forgot to post about our first meeting of the Big Mend back in April. It was busy! So busy that I forgot to take pictures, but the lovely Nina behind So House Proud helped me out by taking snaps and blogging about it. Thank goodness. There was much patching of jeans and attaching of buttons. A weaver, a milliner and a textiles designer were amongst the assembled menders, and it was exciting to have their varied perspectives. Of course, there’s always more than one way to skin a cat, and the mending group really comes into its own when many minds offer alternative, equally viable approaches to a mend.

It became clear pretty quickly that we were going to outgrow the lovely confines of Crockadoodledo and so I’ve been casting around for a more capacious venue for our next mending get-together on 30th May. I’m delighted to announce that the Museum of Bath at Work has kindly offered to host us upstairs, where light floods in through the lovely long windows, so do drop by with your mending between 7 and 9pm. If you haven’t visited the museum, here’s a golden opportunity, though you’ll only see a small portion of it. The building’s first incarnation was as a Real Tennis court in 1777. For more details, see the Big Mend page.

Back to the mending, Nina also brought a bit of challenge to our first meeting, and I’d love to hear your take on how you’d go about fixing it. This is the back of her favourite jacket. It is a little small and hence ripped right between the shoulder blades.

To mend or not to mend?

An awkward spot to repair. And likely to rip again. So I was wondering about inserting an inverted pleat of new material. What would you do? If you need to see more images, hop over to Flickr. Would love to hear what you think.

The Big Mend at the Museum of Bath at Work, Wednesday 30th May, 7-9pm. No entrance fee, so just come along with your mending! Sewing tools will be on hand to use and refreshments will be available.


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  1. Sarah Campbell says:

    The Big Mend – what a great idea, thanks!

  2. Helen says:

    Ooh I think an inverted pleat in something like a bright fuscia is the way to go! I continue to love this project from a distance, I finally got the ruddy sofa cover mended yesterday and thought of you while I stitched. :-)

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