What a terrific day of mending, darning, knitting and crocheting at the Harvey Milk Center in San Francisco. The free mending workshop was part of the How-to-Homestead 11 in 11 Tour, and all sorts of folks turned out, even a few men!
Mending alone can feel like a burden, but there is hardly anything more satisfying than mending with others. The time flew by as people rolled in with their items in need of repair, including coats and jeans with ripped lining or seams, cherished sweaters and shirts with worn out elbows. Some people came to learn how to knit or crochet.
Skills shared and mastered included back stitch, whip stitch, blanket stitch, running stitch, surface mending, darning, crochet and knitting. Everyone who participated left uplifted, with a lightened load, a sense of fellowship, and a feeling of accomplishment.