I’m delighted to announce that 2013 brings with it a new monthly incarnation of the Big Mend, now in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.
The Bradford-on-Avon mending social meets the first Tuesday of the month at Jumble Jelly in Silver Street. First meeting: Tuesday 8th January. Drop in any time from 10am till noon. As is usual for the Big Mend sessions, there’s no charge to attend – just grab your mending and turn up. The Big Mend is really about sharing skills, finding new ways to repair clothing, and having a good old natter. Mending materials will be available to purchase, if needed, but there’s no obligation to buy anything at all.
If you’re closer to Bath, our original mending social still meets at the Museum of Bath at Work in Camden Works, Julian Road, on the last Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm. Next meet-up: 30th January.
Would you be interested in setting up a mending social in your area? If so, please contact eirlysATscrapianaDOTcom for further details.
It was delightful that so many people turned up to May’s meeting of the Big Mend, especially considering that the weather was so sultry. This month’s session is Wednesday June 27th at the Museum of Bath at Work and (rain or shine) we’ll be making the most of the long midsummer evening light, kicking off at the slightly later time of 7.30 and wrapping up at 9.30pm. All welcome! Just drop in any time with your mending bag.
There will definitely be jeans patching this time (there’s a wonderful example of this over on Tom of Holland’s blog which I’d highly recommend perusing), and I’ve been experimenting with woven yarn patches (see below) as an applied alternative to darning knitted garments. I’ll bring those along for a bit of show-and-tell. But feel free to bring anything at all textile-related that you want to repair (popped seams, burst buttons, droopy hems) and we’ll help you to fix it. Some basic tools and materials are on hand but try to bring what you know you’ll need (patch fabric or toning thread, for example).
woven patch looking for an elbow
More details about the Big Mend over here. There’s now a Flickr group you can join and post images of your mending triumphs or disasters and find images to inspire. Do take a look.
Serious menders will probably already be aware that the UK’s first mending research symposium convenes towards the end of the month in the Lake District; Mend*rs kicks off with a call to arms, a first National Mending Day on Friday 29th June. Count me in! Alas, it looks like I won’t be able to make it to the physical conference but will certainly be mending with the assembled gathering in spirit next Friday. A big thank you to Tom for telling me about the event.
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.
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.