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Mending Now, Then and Carrying it Forward - Tawnya Foster

  • November 11, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • First Baptist Church of Loveland 1003 W. Sixth St.


Social Hour 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

General Guild Meeting 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Mending Now, Then and Carrying it Forward 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Looking at our finite resources has become more and more relevant as time goes on.

Our clothes and belongings are a part of that narrative, they have a connection to our personal history, memories, and stories. Being able to pay homage to both is satisfying and rewarding.

In this talk we will explore the popularity of what is now called ‘Mending’, how we got here, how historical multi-cultural influences contributed and how we carry it all forward. We will explore at a high level the plethora of techniques and the breadth of media and mediums used in those techniques. Covering the everyday to the unusual.

Concluding with exciting ways to use the knowledge of Mending not only for fixing but for refashioning, how it is also being used in art today and inspirational makers.

Ending with a short Q&A session and free form discussion.


In my day job they have labeled me as a “unicorn” because I jump in and cover a wide range rather than going deep. I feel like that is my MO, going wide, exploring, the consummate learner.

When I teach, I always start out by saying that I have been a maker since always and was a maker before they called it being a maker.

I learned to knit when I was 6-years old, from a neighbor on 2 pencils and some ribbon. It started then and has grown into dabbling in almost every type of creating: photography, graphic design, knitting, crocheting, spinning (drop spindle and wheel), weaving (rigid heddle only), macramé, shirret, wool rug hooking, latch hooking, tatting, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting, sewing clothes, book binding, art journaling, collage, memory jug mosaics, doll making, jewelry making, needle felting... You get the idea.

In my exploratory journey, in addition to teaching at Fancy Tiger, I have worked and taught in some places that are gone and missed: Great American Quilt Factory and Skyloom Fibres.

Instagram handle @mamabirdlov3

Presentation follows general Guild meeting

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Northern Colorado Weavers Guild (NCWG)
P.O. Box 2404
Fort Collins, CO 80522

Meeting Address:
First Baptist Church of Loveland
1003 W 6th St, Loveland, CO

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