General ramblings, My Make Do and Mend Year

Make It Better…

This is my new venture!

I have ranted in the past about the lack of ‘community’ in the town where we live, so I have started to take some small steps to try and help.

I met a lovely lady called Verity who already runs some sewing workshops in town, and is a very experienced seamstress. Like me, Verity is passionate about re-using old things, and trying to engage the local community with crafting and upcycling, so we have joined forces to create “Make It Better..”

The idea is to run workshops and a mending/crafting/sewing café, as well as Swishes, Vintage Craft Days, and Charity Sewing Days.

I am very excited!

We have just had our first evening café thingy-which we have billed as a mending/crafting/sewing evening (we need a catchier title I know). The idea that is that people can come along with any projects they have on the go, their mending basket, anything they are stuck with, and we can all help each other out (so encouraging skill sharing), have a natter, meet other local crafters, and eat cake!

It was very cold, and we had only decided to go for it a couple of weeks beforehand, so hadn’t really had a chance to do too much in the way of advertising, but we had 5 lovely ladies brave the cold, and come and join us.

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Everyone bought bits and pieces of projects with them-a zip was replaced, various bits of clothes were ’embellished’ and upcycled, and a granny square was crocheted! And cake was eaten.

It was a really lovely evening, and the plan is to make it a regular monthly event, so hopefully, if we can get the word out there, we will get a few more people each time 🙂

And we’ve already booked a date for our first family friendly Upcycle! workshop in the library on a Saturday morning-we are going to be making Pinwheels from old fabric, and magazines, and old comics/sheet music etc, and have a toy ‘Give and Take’ table running alongside.

AND we have booked a local Church Hall for a sewing day (inspired by Becksie from A Year without Supermarkets) making pillowcase dresses for the Dress A Girl Around the World project.

Yay! Having mulled it all over for months and procrastinated, it feels good to be finally getting some plans off the ground.

Just hope everyone else is as keen as I am…

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      Hi there
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  • Reply Robyn April 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    That’s a fantastic thing to have started – well done you!

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Robyn!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo April 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Well done you! I know Ive said it before, but you really have come such a long way in the last 7 months, Im very impressed :o)

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Jo, and thanks for all your support and lovely comments 🙂

  • Reply sarahn April 11, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Sounds awesome! I’d be there if I was a local (ok maybe not if it was cold and yucky!)

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thankyou! Surely this weather has to improve sometime soon…

  • Reply KnitNell April 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Had you thought of making and distributing Morsbags with your new group? Have a look at my Post ‘Guerillas in the midst of Farnham’ for details of this.

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Ginny of Alice and Ginny mentioned these to me-I will check out your post-thankyou!

  • Reply Heather April 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Best of luck Jen. Sounds like a fab idea so I hope it catches on.

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Heather 🙂

  • Reply nicola baird April 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    make it better is a popular name – friends of the earth has been using it to try and tackle less than ethical mobile and other gadget production. Sounds like you are on to a winner, hope it goes well. Nicola

    • Reply Jen April 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Oh crikey-hope they don’t mind. Great minds and all that..!

  • Reply Chrissy Lowe April 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    What a great thing to start a group you want to see in your community (kind of like the slightly pretentious adage of ‘be the change you want to see in the world’) and a good start. Random idea: Maybe you could create long cotton hippy skirts made from strips of everyones old clothes and sell them for charity money.

    • Reply Jen April 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Chrissy. There are lots of things we could make from unwanted stuff-hadn’t occurred to me to try and flog it though-will give it some thought 🙂

  • Reply kimroper2010 April 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Try advertising it for free on Ecomodo too, offered as a skill share. Would love to come, but too far away! 😉

    • Reply Jen April 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Great idea-will check it out! Thankyou 🙂

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