making & mending club

Welcome to the Global Gardens making & mending club!

I’ll be posting instructions and videos showing how to make the decorations making & mending club have done for Secret Garden Cafe in Bute Park, Cardiff.

The Cafe will donate what would have been spent on their deccies to local charity The Christmas Dinner. This is a national project to provide an amazing Christmas Day for young adult care leavers aged between 18 and 25 – one they’ll never forget. Cardiff Christmas Dinner is held at Grange Pavilion.

We’ve loved doing this as a winter activity to keep us connected in the darker colder months when we’re not out in the garden so much. We hope you have a go yourselves – and we wish you a happy, sustainable season!

Make a scrap paper star wreath

scrap paper star wreath

Make a scrap paper star

Scrap paper folded star

Make a scrap cloth tree or wreath

Make a willow wand

Make a needle felted apple

Make a scrap paper garland

Global Gardens making & mending club

The group has grown out of my workshop sessions on making natural colours and establishing a small dye garden at the Global Gardens. We make lovely useful things and mend treasured items we already have. We are increasing our understanding of the provenance and real cost of things, whilst saving money and the use of raw materials. The workshop sessions have allowed a collective response to the site and its users, as well as us utilising local plant ingredients, kitchen waste and other recycled materials in varied ways.
I started the group 3 years ago and there’s now over 20 people on our Whatsap chat and sharing group, as well as having good in-person participation at the regular sessions held in the garden and its beautiful outdoor classroom. The group is diverse in age, experience of textile and making processes and gender.

sashiko/boro cloth mending

In 2022 we:
❖ Planted, harvested & processed flax at St Fagans Museum & continued to comb & spin the flax linen grown at GG in ‘21
❖ Botanical dye colour workshop
❖ Wild weaving
❖ Hand stitching and sashiko mending ❖ Printing with botanical inks
❖ Eco printing and hapazome
❖ Solar and Compost dyeing
❖ Paper crafts
❖ Needle felting
❖ Xmas decorations for Secret Garden Café

I facilitate the club, using my experience and knowledge of fibre processes and the making community; also providing tools and materials, examples, and contacts. But the group welcomes sharing by other members with additional skills and experience.

The focus of the group moving forward is to skill share more ways and means of living sustainably, reducing our collective impact on the planet. The aim is also to provide a safe and welcoming shared space that improves mental wellbeing and reduces anxiety and isolation.

wild weaving

Next year we’ll begin having other participants leading sessions, to give a more diverse range of skills and teachers. It will also give experience of facilitating/teaching to other makers and menders, in a relaxed environment with mentoring available.

We’ll also be continuing and expanding the Llieinwe/Welsh linen adventure. We want more flax growers, spinners and weavers to join us, so please get in touch if you’re interested!

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Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund in Wales for their support.