I am happy & excited to say that I will be involved in the up coming Love Your Clothes event on the 31st May at John Lewis Edinburgh.
In conjunction with the store & over three cities, Love Your Clothes have asked 3 textile people Angharad McLaren (Aberdeen), Shirley McLauchlan (Glasgow), & me in Edinburgh to give demonstrations & inspirations for upcycling, repairing & mending your clothes.
We all throw away too much stuff & with the availability of cheap clothing, it’s just too easy to bin it & start again. If we look to the past when every bit of fabric was reused, from jumpers ripped out & reknitted to scraps of dresses sewn into bags or quilts the possibilities are endless. Today we can take the ideas we like & run with them.
Splice two tops together to make a new one, how about combining that silk scarf you love with the old t-shirt that has a hole in it. I have lots of scraps of fabrics from favourite clothes that are just waiting to become something else, even if its only a covered button.
If nothing else, at least see if you’re local charity shop will get money for the scraps as rags. Have a look here for information on textile recycling http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/ways-recycle-textiles
More info on the John Lewis event can be found at http://loveyourclothes.org.uk/event/spring-clean-your-wardrobe-in-partnership-with-john-lewis
Fabric scraps new life as covered buttons!