The big mend
We held our first FREE* mending meet-up on Wednesday 25th April 2012, 7-9pm, at Crockadoodledo, Larkhall. There’s a nice write-up over here. The idea is to attack the mending pile in a convivial atmosphere, with mending advice and tips, necessary tools on hand, and the option of a nice cup of tea. And cakes.
Mosey over to this blog post for more about the Big Mend which is held on the last Wednesday of the month. Why not join us for the next one? Once again, we’ll be the guests of the Museum of Bath at Work, Camden Works, Julian Road, Bath, BA1 2RH. Grab that mending bag and join us any time between 7 and 9pm.
Locating the museum from central Bath is easy. From the Assembly Rooms, head up Russell Street, turn right into Rivers Street, then cross Julian Road and you should see it tucked behind the church (Christ Church). That’s a 5-minute walk, max.
The museum traces the growth of Bath as a retail and manufacturing centre from the seventeenth century. It’s housed in an interesting building which was created as a Real Tennis court in 1777 – which explains those tall, high-set windows. It was later converted to a brewery. We’ll be working upstairs on the mezzanine level, overlooking a lot of old bottling equipment.
*This is a free event, open to all, though a suggested donation on the night of £2 towards museum costs would be appreciated
If you joined us at the Bath Artisan Fair (with a special Make Do & Mend flavour) in Green Park Station, Bath, on Sunday 14th April, come find us there again on Sunday 8th September when the market revives the theme.
March 2013: New Bristol event! Sewing cafe Cordial & Grace at 9 The Mall in Clifton Village, BS8 4DP will host a new monthly mending sew-cial! Third Thursday of the month, 12-2pm, starting May 16th. You’ll be able to buy yourself some refreshments in the cafe upstairs then make your way down to join us in the stitching area.
The Museum of Bath at Work hosts mending sessions on the last Wednesday of the month. Next sessions: Wednesday 29th May, 26th June, 31st July 2013.
November 2012. Bradford-on-Avon has its own daytime the Big Mend event on the first Tuesday of the month from January 2013! Come along to Jumble Jelly, 10 Silver Street, BA15 1JY, 01225 866033. Forthcoming mends: 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July 2013 from 10am-noon.
October 2012. A new spin-off group, the Big Mend – Larkhall, meets at St Saviour’s Church, St Saviour’s Road every Friday morning, 10am-noon. You’ll find us mixed in with or next to the Knit & Natter group. Take advantage of the Fair Trade sale happening at the same time, and grab some inexpensive coffee and home-made cake. No access to sewing machines, so it’s hand-repairs only. Bring along your darning!
If you’d like to find out more about hosting a regular Big Mend event in your area, please get in touch.