A stitch in time mends the mind!
The Make & Mend Company was founded by us, friends Rachel Willis and Lyndsey Stephenson, in Stockton on Tees, North East England. We met at work, in jobs where we worked together, often in high pressure situations. It was this experience that illuminated our shared interests and passion for making and well-being.
Rachel went through a patch of life where things felt like they were falling apart at the seams; determined not to let things unravel, she turned to her love of sewing and embroidery, and began to stitch her way back to happiness. Lyndsey had travelled a similar path, though she found strength and healing in yoga. This practise gave her sense of calm and well being she’d not known before, and a new perspective on life.
Connecting the dots, we realised we would make a great team. Inspired imagineers, we have a mutual desire to share mindful mending and handcrafted happiness with the world, and so the Make & Mend Company was born.
Casting spools of support to those who need them most, the Make & Mend company offers products to inspire and support as well as kits which allow people to be creatively active, introducing them to the positive effects of craft. The soulful hoop kits include not only instructions on how to stitch the beautiful affirmation patterns, but practical advice on how to deal with the subject matter you’re stitching about. With roots in the Japanese art of kintsugi, the process of mending and making repairs, restores and rejuvenates; not only the item, but the maker, by being more present and mindful.
We hope the Make & Mend Company will help people live more creatively, colourfully and cheerfully; developing new hobbies, and making like minded friends along the way.