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march, 2024

12mar6:30 pm9:30 pmSewcial: Mending Surgery with "Dr Mend" - Kate SekulesJoin us for a fun and mendspirational evening!

Event Details

Following the success of our previous “Mendology Meet-Up” event last October which delved into the art, science, history, theory, and practice of mending (A recording of the conversation from the night between Kate Sekules, Bridget Harvey, Barley Massey & Emma Mathews can be heard Here) We are very happy to be offering a second sewcial and celebratory #mendmarch in person event with Kate Sekules – aka “Dr Mend” and her two “Mendy Care” assistants Barley & Emma.

New & seasoned menders all welcomed for a mendspirational evening together!

Format for the evening:

6:30pm: Doors open / drinks / sewcialising / start mending if you wish!

7 – 7:15pm: Introductions from Kate, Barley & Emma

7:15 – 8pm: “Show us your hole!”

8 – 8:15pm: Mending stash swap

8:15 – 9:30pm: Mendication prescriptions and stitches galore!

There will also be opportunity to get your ‘Mend’ book signed by Kate (there will be copies available to purchase on the night, but feel free to bring your own copy if you have Kate’s book already!)

We encourage you to bring along:

  • Something to mend for ‘Show us your hole!’
  • Your favourite mend (for existing menders to inspire us all)
  • A patch or yarn for the stash swap
  • Your personal hand sewing kit (there will also be basic workshop supplies/haberdashery available for use)


Please Note: The refreshments and conversation will take place in Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)

Your ticket includes wine / soft drinks & nibbles & a surprise little gift from Kate!


Kate Sekules is the author of “MEND! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto.” She teaches fashion history at Pratt Institute Brooklyn, a new course, “Mending Fashion” at Parsons School of Design NYC, while completing her doctorate at the Bard Graduate Center with a dissertation titled “A History and Theory of Mending.” She is the founder of the crowd sourced world mending map and MAWG, the Mending Archives Working Group, to make mends legible and searchable in museum contexts. She hosts regular surgeries as Dr Mend, as well as workshops and #mendmarch on instagram.

Barley Massey is the creator, crafter and care-taker behind Fabrications. Barley started sewing at a young age, thanks to both her grandmothers and just hasn’t stopped! A textile graduate of Golsdmth’s University, Barley went on to work in costume for film & TV before establishing her own textile studio and shop (Fabrications) where she has been championing upcycling, mending and “Cradle to Cradle” principles for over 25 years. Alongside producing one off upcycled pieces, offering her “Remember Me” service, Barley hosts regular classes and events at Fabrications and also free-range!

Emma Mathews is the founder of sustainable, unisex sock brand Socko. Socko’s socks are made from ‘waste’ and manufactured by a 4th generation family run factory in Leicestershire. Each pair of socks is accompanied with a mending kit. Socko is also on a mission to extend the active life of clothing by re-teaching the lost art of darning. Emma has taught over 200 people to mend, both in person and via Socko’s online workshops. Emma’s first book “How to Quit Fast Fashion” was published in October 2020, giving practical tips on things we can all do to have more sustainable wardrobes.


PRICE: £12

HOW TO BOOK: Contact us directly on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE



(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Barley MasseyTextile Designer Maker & Founder/Caretaker of Fabrications 7 Broadway Market

Fabrications7 Broadway MarketThe workshop / event takes place in the Fabrications "Imaginerium" studio located downstairs from the shop area.