8th November 2018

Patch Challenge

By Helen Blank, Queen's Park LIS Green Impact 

As a follow up to the British Heart Foundation’s Big Stitch event that Queen’s Park Library hosted about 18 months ago, we’re hoping to hold a Uni-wide pop-up skills share event that challenges students and staff to fix and re-purpose their clothes with a little help from volunteers. The idea is that this will benefit the environment by reducing textiles going to waste, and will save money by keeping our clothes wearable in the process - and of course, it’s a good opportunity to work together on something useful and fun! 

The first event will be held in the Small Hall at Parkgate Road on Friday 7th December 10-2pm alongside the pop up Share Shop which will be an opportunity for staff, students and the public to buy pre-loved clothes affordably, and all the proceeds go to ShareAid. 

This will hopefully be followed by a pop-up Patch Challenge on Queen’s Park Campus in the New Year, and we'll take it from there to other campuses if there is interest. 

So, we need your help to find some volunteers – staff or students who would be happy to share their ‘creative fixing’ skills with someone else. Either at one of the pop-up sessions or at a time to suit. It may be that you or someone you know has some great ‘cheat’ skills using wonderweb or fabric glue and some embellishments, or it maybe they are great at upcycling garments into something else completely! All materials will be provided. 

If you fancy helping out at one of the events, or if anyone springs to mind over the next few weeks– could you please tell them about the Patch Challenge, and ask them to contact Helen (h.blank@chester.ac.uk) for more info.