Needles. Thread. Cloth. A favorite old shirt in need of repair. Cozy wool socks with a worn out heel. An heirloom quilt that required some patching. Our mending class was a big hit. Each person brought some beloved fabric to mend and went home with the skills and confidence to do so. We’ll definitely offer this class again!
Learning to make something…a loaf of bread, a pair of knitted socks, a raised bed, are all skills worth passing on.This class reminded me of the great worth and value of learning to repair. That’s a skill too. In this world of great abundance and a tendency to dispose or replace the things we need before considering how to fix them, the skill to repair can honor the maker and allow us to breath new life into things that we may deem obsolete or non-functioning. There is a virtue in repairing the torn or worn. There is satisfaction in fixing a problem or something broken. All of these things require us to look at the design and construction of an item and to recreate or repair the piece that no longer functions or operates. What a great way to sharpen and improve our critical thinking skills! Make. Fix. Repair. Mend. So, gather up all of your holey socks and frayed long johns, take out that favorite shirt from your mending basket, and watch here for posts about our next mending class!

12 comments on “Mending

  1. I would love a raised bed class. You may have offered one in the past but I just found you last season. See you shortly after may1 and then again at the CMBG Symposium.

  2. I mentioned previously my Mom and Grandmother both ‘mended.’ But this also reminded me of when I was a child and would go to get my shoes repaired. I would sit with my feet in a box on the floor while the gentleman repaired them. Now, we just toss them without a second thought.

    • We had a little shoe shop repair here in Liberty, all of his tools are still in tack and now displayed at the little town museum. Fixing things, another old time craft with all the sense behind it!

  3. What a fun–and relaxing and satisfying–class! I highly recommend it. I took it to learn sashiko, in particular, to use in fiber art, but also came away with new thoughts about rescuing clothing that’s still useful and comfortable, as well as one more way to be mindful of the environment.

      • I’m good thanks – loving life! I’m back to the blog again, trying for a once a week post at least for the moment. I’ve given it a bit of a facelift and started again with new format. We’ve got a temporary base in Cantabria, the sun is out (it doesn’t always do that) and it’s absolutely beautiful.

  4. I would so love to take this class! I think I could do some decent mending, if I put my mind to it, especially now that I know how to weave–that’s taught me a lot. But I’d like to be part of this group, trading hints and having fun!

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