Make, Do, Mend

By Londonist Last edited 134 months ago
Make, Do, Mend

Londonist was invited to the launch of Make Do Mend, a collaboration between two leading crafty ladies, Claire Montgomerie and Bee Clinch. They met while teaching at Loop, Islington's upmarket yarn store, and have now set up their own series of workshops, for all levels of experience from cack-handed to crafty supremo. Along with other instructors, they offer a variety of classes and their mission is to help people to be more creative, learning new skills in a fun, relaxed environment. If you get your skates on, maybe you can present your loved ones with a handmade gift or two this Christmas?

Make Do Mend are happy to come to your home or office to teach classes including knitting, sewing, crochet and cake decoration. Their launch party took place at 40 winks in Stepney, a unique venue. Owned by interior designer David Carter, it's known for hosting nights such as Vintage Secret's Tart parties and Spoken Ink's Bedtime Stories. Make Do Mend will source special locations like this for you, if you want, great for girls' nights in, or perhaps very grown-up hen-nights. Their next yarny workshops are taking place in the refined but really very appropriate surroundings of High Tea in Highgate. They supply all materials and equipment, including yarn and hooks or needles and classes start from approximately £30.

We settled in downstairs in 40winks to join Mae Len for cake decorating, rolling out fondant icing to make 3D motifs to perch on top of already iced cupcakes. Quick, and with the amount of glitter and edible glue used, dirty. Other crafty guests made Christmas tree baubles from felt and fabric, guided by Claire and Bee who've both taught all over the south east. They're very astute about the little touches and presented everyone with a mini sewing kit so we can continue on with our crafty endeavours at home. It's going to prove to be another very welcome addition to the London crafting scene.

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Last Updated 07 December 2009