Mending Challenge Details

  • We are hosting our 6-month mending challenge from May through October. Participants can join at any time!
  • As a participant in this challenge, you’ll receive monthly Mending Challenge Newsletters from us through October that will provide details about upcoming virtual mending events and offer resources for further learning.
  • During this challenge period, we encourage you to mend your well-loved and well-used garments and textiles. If you already know how to mend, great! If you don’t know how or you are just beginning, check out our resources and classes at the bottom of this page to learn a new creative and practical skill!
  • Learning how to repair our textiles can give them significantly longer useful lives while cutting back the volume of textiles being discarded. We want to capture how many items our community is preventing from entering the landfill with the simple act of mending. Each time you’ve mended an item, fill out this Submission Form so we can capture this information!
  • Join our virtual community through our Mighty Networks platform! Use this space to share your projects and progress, ask questions, and meet fellow menders.
  • Share your projects on social media using #mendingchallenge2022!

Where Should I Begin?

  • Take stock: Which items around your house could use a little mending love? What types of items in your household generally get disposed of, but may live second lives if you learned how to mend them?
  • Set an intention or two: We’ll provide you resources to help you learn, but you’ll be the one making the biggest effort. What do you hope to accomplish during this challenge? From learning to mend a garment for the first time to mending a whole box of socks, you set your goal, and we’ll back you up.
  • Learn a new skill: Check out our resource and event list below to join a monthly workshop, discover your new favorite mending book, learn a fun new stitch, and more! You can also see if there’s a Fibershed Affiliate near you hosting mending workshops.
  • Everything’s more fun with friends: Share this link with your community so more folks will join, attend events together, and increase our mending momentum. Folks will have to sign up with this link in order to access resources and monthly mending newsletters.
  • Inspire and get inspired: Be sure to join our 2022 Mending Challenge Mighty Networks virtual community to inspire and get inspired! Also, share your projects on social media using #mendingchallenge2022!

Workshops & Recorded Classes

Mending Challenge Virtual Events:

We’re hosting a collection of virtual mending workshops through October with mending teachers from around the country. Join us in learning new mending styles, patterns, and approaches with some expert menders!

  • September 29, 10-12p PDT: Visible Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh — Registration here!
  • October 15, 11-1p PDT: Visible Mending on Knitwear and Denim with Arounna Khounnoraj — Register here!

Recorded Classes:

In-Person Classes & Workshops: 

The following workshops are in our Northern California Fibershed region. We recommend reaching out to your local fibershed to see what classes are available near you!

Mending Resources

Note: This is a living resource list. If there is a book, podcast, recorded class, discussion, or any other resource that is not listed, add it to our Mighty Networks Mending Challenge Virtual Community here!

Mending Supplies: 

We recommend that you purchase natural fiber and naturally dyed threads and yarn. The following is a small list of menders selling mending supplies online, but we also recommend that you check your local craft, sewing, and fabric supply shops.