Make Do and Mend Textile Workshops – a great success!

Earlier this year Norfolk County Council’s waste reduction team partnered with the Norfolk Museums Service to run some workshops teaching basic sewing, alteration and repair skills to help people to love their clothes for longer. The workshops were really well received, with a great variety of people attending.

Using the Norfolk Museum Costume and Textile collections as inspiration, the first workshop focused on the basic alteration techniques of ‘letting in, letting out and taking up’ clothing to prolong the life of the garment. A follow up workshop looked at ideas for mending wears, tears and rips on clothing using techniques like patching, decorative embroidery and needle felting.

Each workshop gave participants the opportunity to view and learn about real items held within the Costume and Textile collections, as well as taking part in a practical taught session and a sewing surgery where there was a chance to discuss any areas that attendees found particularly problematic. We received lots of positive feedback about the workshops with comments like, ‘that was really interesting’ and ‘I’ve always wondered how to do that!’

Similar workshops are planned for the future and we’d love to hear from anyone who may like to attend one or anyone with existing sewing skills who would be interested in volunteering to help run such sessions. Please contact us using the form below.

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