Visible Mending – what is it? In a nutshell it is making a feature of the repairs made to clothes.
£140,000,000 of clothing goes to landfill in the UK each year! Don’t throw out clothes with holes in (which no charity shop can sell) – repair them!
Be it patching a hole in your jeans, darning a worn elbow on your jumper or hiding a small hole in your or stain with embroidery, they all extend the wearable life of the garment; as well as customising it and making your clothes unique.
Make your jeans last longer
Do you hate shopping for jeans? Find it hard to get a comfortable, flattering and well fitting pair? Then when you do they get holes in?
I teach you how to mend these holes so you favourite jeans can be of service for longer and you don’t have to go through the nightmare of finding a replacement pair.
And yes that includes patching the holes that appear in the inner thigh, etc of the jeans.
"“Embroidery is brilliant for depression because it allows you to have something to show for your time. So even though it could be small, when you hold something in your hand that you have made it is a symbol of value. It says ‘you have value’. It says ‘this is something I have made’.
Emma Kenny - TV Psychologist and Presenter
"In our social media age, as we become more physically distanced from each other, sewing is a safeguard to isolation, a way to stay in touch with each other: hand and mind working in harmony to convey what lies in our hearts. For me and others, it sustains not just a sense of self but of belonging."
Clare Hunter - Threads of Life: a History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
"The physical act of stitching also means we cannot dither around online, being sucked into social media rabbit holes. Nor are we watching television. This screen-free time is immensely important to our sense of wellbeing. When we employ mindful stitching, we are also making time for ourselves. This is crucial, especially for the perpetually busy."
Laura Turnbull - The Crewel Work Company
What I Do
Learn contemporary embroidery to relax, create and find your ‘me time’
With Mary Broddle Embroidery I want to share my passion for embroidery and help others find the enjoyment and mental health benefits it has afforded me.
Through my courses I hope to create a community of people who want to take time for themselves, connect with their innate creativity (we all have some, even if buried deep) and enjoy the process of stitching together. Think of the old sewing circles, that were once so prevalent in the USA or when women in Scotland would get together to work wool.
Embroidery is a creative pastime for all ages. There is a big community of stitchers making amazing contemporary art, and even many subversive designs, turning the concept of cross-stitched crinoline ladies on its head.