Last night the second mending workshop went off at our local hub, The Joinery, supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty ranges Natural Resources Management Board. Diane from the Adelaide Sustainability Centre did a wonderful job of organising. She has more events coming up!
The first workshop was a cosy, small affair with two mother/daughter teams who worked on learning to darn, mending torn jeans and hemming some pants. It was just delightful to watch their mutual support and love for each other as well as their mending skills.
The second workshop brought in quite a crowd of lovely people and loads of garments in need of buttons, hems, patching, darning, seam repairs, zippers, and repairs on rips. There was a lovely warm atmosphere as we set to work repairing the efforts of moth larvae and the impact of hard work and long wear on clothes that are practical, treasured or simply available to be practiced on.
The mending kits went to happy new homes. It was wonderful to see those needle cases opened out and people figuring out which needle to use for which job. I got to share the joy of ‘magic eye’ or ‘self threading’ needles with people whose eyesight isn’t up to needle threading for the moment. Several people worked on their jeans and one generous reader was working on her daughter’s partner’s jeans.
There were patches plain and fancy (this one has a decorative silky top layer and some denim patching underneath doing the heavy work). Some people were working on their very first mends but several had aspirations to make their own clothes.
One lucky person had been to a workshop with India Flint and was wearing some beautiful plant dyed clothes she had made, while she had others well-worn and ready for repair.
There were some much-loved garments in for mending. It was a real pleasure to be in the company of other people who like to make things last! There were some strategy conversations about how to make special things go further.
There was fancy mending too. Here, a patch from a worn out black t shirt has gone on the inside of a merino top, with some decorative stitching holding the layers together. No one will ever recognise this as mending… and I think there will be more spirals to address other places where wear and moth larvae have done their work.
Here, some great pants from the op shop are being taken up by a new wearer who is not the same height as the previous owner.
People learned darning, decorative patching, patching that won’t show so much and how to wax thread. It turns out I know a simpler way to replace a button than some folk had figured out for themselves, and there were people sewing buttons onto leather as well as people sewing statement contrast buttons on with alacrity. Some of my friends came along. And, I got to meet some lovely blog readers for the first time! Thanks so much to everyone who came and made it a great night. If you’re looking for guidance, please do go to my directory of mending tutorials. Happy mending!