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The big Mend It May round up!

June 10, 2016

I’m a little late with this.
Half-term, a trip away in our ‘new’ caravan, and keeping the kids occupied threw a (very lovely) spanner in the works, and then a computer that was mis-behaving (needless to say it has been mended…!) and a poorly boy compounded everything and have left me a little behind.

Anyway….what a blast Mend It May was!
Despite my best intentions to be more intentional this year, and to think things though before diving in, I kind of forgot this when I had the idea of Mend It May, and just dived straight in. And actually, I’m pretty glad I did. If I had given myself more time to think, I might not have done it, and that would have been a real shame, as it genuinely felt like it was a useful ‘thing’ for people.

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Mend It May – Visible Mending

May 30, 2016

You may have noticed throughout the course of Mend It May, that I am a huge fan of Visible Mending!
I’m not sure if there is an official definition of Visible Mending – I just Googled it to try and find one – but it’s bascially a mend that is visible, and there for all to see.
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Mend It May – Why Mend #5

May 27, 2016

When I originally thought about all the answers to the question Why Mend? I came up with 11 reasons, and I am sure there are many many more.
I had grand plans to write a post about each one of them, but May is whizzing past in a blur of wonderful mendiness, and it might be time to admit to myself that this probably won’t happen.
However, I’m ploughing on, and we’re up to Number 5, and today I want to talk about the new skills that mending teaches us.

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Mend It May – Mendfulness

May 25, 2016

I first stumbled across the word ‘Mendfulness’ as a hashtag on Instagram, and was instantly intrigued by it. Tracking down a hashtag on Instagram is not the easiest thing to do, but eventually I found the source: New York based artist, writer and crafter Katrina Rodabaugh. She wrote about Mendfulness on her blog:

We can be mindful. We can be mendful. We can do our very best to leave this fragile planet a little bit better than how we inherited it.

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Mend It May – How To…Sashiko

May 23, 2016

Sashiko is a traditional Japanese form of decorative reinforcement stitching, that literally translates as “little stabs”.
It has been used to reinforce areas of wear, and to repair tears for hundreds of years, and is currently making something of a comeback. ‘Modern menders’ such as  Katrina Rodabaugh (read my interview with her here) have championed the technique and showcase the repair and how it can be used to make mending a feature, and a thing of beauty.

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