It’s oh so quiet….

I’m still here!
Apologies for the lack of posts.
I have been working away like made on the book AND the new website, and am pleased to report that significant progress is being made on both…!

Here’s an update:

The Book-Make Do and Mend-able Back to Basics
I originally, naively, embarked on this project as part of a 30 day challenge. In June. It is now waaaaaaay more than 30 days (!) and has been a huge learning curve. It’s also been hampered by some new EU VAT laws that affect the selling of digital content, but I think I’m nearly there now!
All the content is finally done after quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing and for a variety of reasons needing to bring some new contributors on board.
So, here’s the final list:

Chapter 1 – Source it! Finding secondhand supplies and equipment for Make Do and Mend – Me!
Chapter 2 – Learn to Love your Sewing Machine – Lauren Guthrie, from series 1 of the Great British Sewing Bee, and owner of guthrie & ghani
Chapter 3 – Sew it! Basics of hand sewing – Tamara Melvin, from series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee, who blogs at The Green Thimble as well as teaching sewing and upcycling classes, and yoga too!
Chapter 4 – Button it! How to sew on a button – Zoe Robinson of The Good Wardrobe-the style sharing community hub that is the antithesis of fast fashion
Chapter 5 – Hem it! How to sew/alter a hem – Ginny Farquhar of Alice and Ginny, co-author of three sewing books, and blogger at Sweetmyrtle
Chapter 6 – Patch it! How to repair your clothes with a patch – Jo Poole aka The Dress Doctor
Chapter 7 – Remake it! How to produce a pattern from an existing garment, so you can make it again and again! – Franki Campbell-creative pattern cutter and zero waste deisgner
Chapter 8 – Unpick and Knit Again – Joanne Scrace – knitwear and crochet designer at Not so Granny
Chapter 9 – Knit it! How to knit – Alison Nurton and Caroline Bradshaw at Butterfly Bright-a treasure trove of fabrics, haberdashery and yarn in Dorset
Chapter 10 – Crochet it! How to crochet – Kat Goldin of Slugs on the Refrigerator and author of Crochet at Play, and Hook, Stitch & Give
Chapter 11 – Tom says Darn it! – How to darn with darning king Tom of Holland!
Chapter 12 – Love Your Clothes for Longer – Caroline Hannam, wardrobe mistress in the West End, currently working on The History Boys UK tour, and Dance til Dawn
Chapter 13 – Clean it! – Natural methods for keeping your house clean – Emma Northcott of Mommy Emu, a blog all about living more simply
Chapter 14 – Upcycle it! – An introduction to upcycling with Lynn Haughton of the Upcycle Movement
hapter 15 – Re-paint it! – Breathe new life into old furniture with a lick of paint – Trixie Bradley of Lovingly Made Ltd
Chapter 16 – Re-cover it! – Simple upholstery by Becky Striepe of Crafting a Green World – the home for eco-friendly crafts
Chapter 17 – Plug it! – How to re-wire a plug – Bright Sparks, Islington’s re-use and repair project
Chapter 18 – Seal it! – How to fix a puncture – Angela Walker from CycleBoost
hapter 19 – sugru it! – An introduction to sugru-the new wonder fixing material – Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, inventor and CEO of sugru

And here’s a sneak peek of the front cover….

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The new Make Do and Mend-able website
The designers have worked their magic and handed over the reins for me to have a play and start populating it.
Once all the bugs are ironed out, and I]m happy that there is enough content on there to start with, I’ll be putting it LIVE!! Hopefully in the next couple of weeks 🙂
Here’s a couple of screen shots to tease you with…

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I’m very excited and not a little bit scared, but I really hope that both projects will be useful resources and well received!

21 thoughts on “It’s oh so quiet….

  1. Crikey! You have been busy, no apology required for things being a little quiet. Cant wait to buy your book. I’ve just finished my RTW fast for 2014. Reading your blog and the contents of your book has inspired me to rethink what i buy generally, not just clothes.
    Good luck with everything!!
    When is the book on sale?? It would be good to get it out for mothers day – then i could put it on my wish list! 😃

  2. Pingback: #mmaw2015-My First Make! | My Make Do and Mend Year

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