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Back to Basics Book update

October 21, 2014

The book!
I bet you all thought I had forgotten about the book!

If you are thinking, “what book?”, I am referring to my Make Do and Mend-able Back to Basics e-book!
It’s a collaboration with other fabulous Make Do and Mend-ers, and aims to cover the basics of (at least some aspects of) Make Do and Mend.

E-book header

I had originally, over-ambitiously, started on this as a 30 Day Challenge. This was back in June…
But things are progressing, all be it more slowly than I anticipated!
It is proving to be a huge learning curve, and has thrown up challenges that hadn’t even occurred to me, BUT I’m still really excited by it, and can’t wait to see it finished!

The original list of contributors has had a few changes, as some people have found themselves no longer able to take part, and I’ve had to re-recruit!

So…… here is the final (hopefully!) list of chapters and contributors:

1) 
Find it! Sourcing second-hand equipment and supplies
Me!

2)
An introduction to Upcycling

Lynn Haughton, from The Upcycle Movement-Ireland’s premier upcycler!

3)
Learn to love your sewing machine
Lauren Guthrie of Guthrie & Ghani and Great British Sewing Bee fame. She wowed the nation with her skills and sewing flair in the popular TV programme, and now has her very own haberdashery and sewing school

4)
Sew it!
Hand Sewing Bascis
Zoe Edwards, of the fabulous blog So, Zo… what do you know? Zoe is the mastermind of Me Made May-an initiative to encourage us all to wear the clothes we make

5)
Button it!
How to sew on a button. PROJECT – 3 ways to use buttons to update your wardrobe
Zoe Robinson, of The Good Wardrobe-a style sharing community hub, and the antithesis of fast fashion. Visit the site to take the Sew it Forward pledge is a brilliant idea to get people passing on their skills, and teaching others to sew

6)
Hem it!
Hemming techniques. PROJECT – making cloth serviettes
Ginny Farquhar, of the wonderful sewing duo Alice and Ginny. They run classes and workshops in Farnham, and have written several sewing books. Ginny also blogs at SweetMyrtle where she shares her creativity and love of simple living

7)
Patch it!
How to patch clothes
Jo Poole, of The Dress Doctor, who has worked for the Globe Theatre and designed costumes for Elton John’s annual ball

8)
Charity shop re-make
- how to make a new garment, copying a charity shop find
Franki Campbell-creative pattern cutter and pioneer of Zero Waste Pattern Cutting

9)
Tom says Darn it!
Darning Basics
Tom van Deijnen of Tom of Holland. Darning God and the man behind the Visible Mending Programme

10) Unpick and knit again-re-visiting the old skill of salvaging wool from an old jumper
Joanne Scrace of Not So Granny. Joanne has written and designed patterns for all the top kitting and ‘woolly mags’ and teaches classes in Suffolk

11)
Knit it! Knitting basics PROJECT – knit your very own dishcloth
Alison Nurton and Caroline Bradshaw of Butterfly Bright. Have a look at the wonderful range of craft classes and workshops on their website

12)
Crochet it! Crochet basics. PROJECT – crochet a flower
Kat Goldin of Slugs on the Refrigerator. Kat regularly contributes to crafting magazines such as Mollie Makes and Simply Corchet, and has written not one, but two, crochet books!

13)
Paint it! Bring an old piece of furniture back to life by re-painting and re-loving it! PROJECT
Trixie Bradley of Lovingly Made Ltd. Along with husband John, Trixie runs Lovingly Made-A Garden and Home Vintage Boutique in Sussex, and they run a whole host of workshops at their Craft School

14)
Cover it! Simple steps to re-cover a footstool PROJECT
Becky Striepe from Crafting a Green World-the home for ec0-friendly crafts

15)
Clean it! Natural cleaning recipes and techniques
Emma Northcott from Mommy Emu. Emma’s brilliant blog documents her and her family as they try to live an environmentally friendly and sustainable lifestyle on a budget

16)
Love your clothes Advice and tips on clothes care to get the most from your wardrobe
Caroline Hannam. Caroline is a costume supervisor and wardrobe mistress, and works in the West End

17)
Changing a plug
Oneil Howell of Bright Sparks-Islington’s Repair and Reuse Shop, that brings electrical items back to life

18)
Changing a fuse
Kate Jerrold of Bristol Repair Café. The Repair Café in Bristol is part of a wider movement of pop-up repair events, where teams of volunteer menders are on hand to fix a range of items

19)
Puncture Repair
Angela Walker from Recycle Bikes in Sheffield-an independent, not for profit bike project, with a range of services, including recycled bike sales, service and repair, and youth and adult training

20)
Sugru it!
Jane and the fabulous team at Sugru have put together a great chapter outlining the wonders of Sugru, and what it can be used for, and have some examples of some simple, easy fixes too

Phew! I am so chuffed to have such a wonderful list of talented and amazing people contributing to what promises to be a fabulous book!
We’re aiming to publish early in the New Year, but keep your eyes peeled in the meantime, for interviews with some of the contributors, and sneak previews 🙂

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  • Reply jhwilliams70 October 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Reblogged this on My Blog.

  • Reply downmyfront October 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Wow – I can’t wait… Sounds amazing!
    I love Sugru!!

    • Reply Jen October 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thankyou! Yes, sugru is fab 🙂

  • Reply Rae Hodgetts October 22, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Wow, Jen, you have been busy! The line up looks fabulous. Looking forward to downloading it. 🙂

    • Reply Jen October 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Rae!

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