a month of mending
MARIGOLD THE MAKER
Need a hand making a start on that mending pile?
Moth holes stopping you from wearing your beloved cashmere jumpers but no idea how to mend them?
Know you need to learn how to extend the life of your garments for the sake of your bank balance and the planet but never been taught how to mend?
Interested in the new visible mending approach but need some inspiration to get started?
A Month of Mending offers a month of free online mending events throughout February 2021. Learn basic mending skills such as darning and patching and be part of a supportive online community.
This is for you if you:
- need some motivation to make a start on your mending pile
- wish to equip yourself with some basic mending skills such as darning and patching
- want to educate yourself about the impact of slow fashion on the environment
- are curious to learn more about the wider benefits of mending
- have been meaning to try some new, creative, visible approaches to mending
- would benefit from being part of a supportive, creative online community of like-minded people
Why mend with me?
I'll be honest - I cannot claim to be an expert when it comes to mending. Most of my mending knowledge comes from my stubborn refusal to part with my favourite garments despite visible wear and tear. Also, I must offer enormous thanks to the frequent visitation of clothes moths over the years. Due to their regular feasting on all my beloved cashmere clothing items, I've been blessed with many an unwanted opportunity to practice and hone my darning skills which have improved no end in recent years.
And thanks to the same patch that wears away on all my jeans - that bit in between the legs where the upper thighs rub together, I’ve also had many opportunities to perfect the Japanese Shashiko mending approach which has extended the life of many a pair of favourite jeans.
Throughout February I’ll be sharing with you all I've learnt about mending over the years. Why?
Because we grew up in a fast fashion, consumer, throw-away culture when it comes to clothes and we all know that this approach is no longer sustainable for our planet. Many of us haven't had mending skills such as darning and patching passed onto us - and frankly wherever there are gaps in knowledge that need to be filled - I love nothing more than filling them.
And to fill the holes in my own mending knowledge I’ll be introducing you to some key figures in the global community of menders in the Special Guest Stitcher interview on Instagram live with the lovely Flora from Scotland - expert in all the darning techniques and a guest blog post appearance with Katrina Rodabaugh, author of the international best seller Mending Matters.
What to expect?
Short Guide to Mending PDF document – answering all your mending questions; step by step illustrated guides to basic darning and patching methods; materials and stockists and much more.
Mending Masterclass Series – video tutorials on basic darning, patching and mending stitches.
Still Point Stitchers private Facebook group - an online community of like-minded people all cheering each other on to get to the bottom of their mending pile, giving you the accountability you need to start and finish your mending pile, sharing mending tips and inspiration along the way.
Social Stitch events on Zoom - an opportunity to chat, meet new people, ask questions, share and learn new mending techniques.
Special Guest Stitcher interviews on Instagram live and guest blog post entries.
Mending Motivation emails full of mending inspiration, weekly actions to help you reach the end of your mending pile in a month; mindful mending tips and reminders of what’s coming up in the online community event.
Visible Mending inspiration to help you add a creative touch to your mending.
#mendformedics - make your mending matter - let the medics working on Covid and ICU wards know you care by making a donation towards this supportive cause.
Discount codes on future workshops and products
Starts - 1st Feb 2021 - don't delay - sign up today!
And if you were wondering, yes, this event is definitely for people who have never mended a single item of clothing before in their life.
I'll walk you through all the basics and by the end of February you'll have learnt a new life skill that helps:
Extend the life of your clothes
Save you money on buying new clothes
Save the planet by not using up precious resources
Add some quiet creativity to your life
It's all about helping each other make a start wherever we are on our mending journey and being part of a supportive community - after all - sometimes that's all it takes to get over the hurdles in life.
Missed the start date? Don't worry - newcomers are welcome to join throughout February.