First (official-un-official) Repair Cafe

What a great repair session! Last Saturday’s theme was textiles and clothing with a particular focus on darning.

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The talented Tom of Holland came bearing darning mushrooms, wool and needles and showed us how to use visible mending to repair our holey (not holy) clothes.

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Socks were brought

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and mended

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as were slippers

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and other knitwear

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and a pair of boots.


Then there was the revival of my treasured gloves…

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using a crochet hook to repair the ladder on the thumb


then blanket stitch to reinforce the edge and to stop it laddering again

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before sewing the ends diagonally across the inside of the glove (because according to Tom knots won’t hold).


The finished gloves repaired with contrasting thread to make sure the repair is visible… so satisfying!

Darn it!

Breaking news…

This Saturday we will have Tom of Holland (one of our repair expert volunteers) joining us to share his knitwear darning expertise:


If you have socks with holes in, jumpers with worn out elbows or clothes that moths have been munching bring them along and learn how to darn them better.

We will have some needles, threads and darning mushrooms at the cafe but if you have any you can bring that would be most helpful.

The cafe will run from 11am-3pm this Saturday (23rd February) at Bom-Banes (24 George St  Kemp Town, Brighton BN2 1RH).

We will also have sewing machines set up for those who would prefer and you are welcome to bring other items to repair by hand.

If you would like to become one of our repair expert volunteers please email us via

The 2013 Launch

Tonight we launch the Brighton Repair Cafe for 2013 with a party (and why not)!

Watch this space to find out who came, what they did and how they are going to get involved in future Repair Cafes.


Repair Cafe – Pilot Part Deux

Our second trial Repair Cafe was held in Bom-Bane’s again. With new people coming to mend a mixture of things.


As it was 1st December old wool was turned into Christmas pom-poms.


Broken necklaces were remade into bracelets and new necklaces.


Jasmin learnt how to make a bracelet.


…And plans were made for the new year


Hello Brighton

We are going to use this blog to document the repair cafe as it evolves, please post any feedback, ideas or requests for future suggestions or links to other exciting projects.