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Today’s Visible Mending Programme post is all about tape. And starting a Visible Mending Gallery. Let’s start with Tape: tape is a very versatile fixing material; as you will see in this photo essay. It can be used for many different types of instant repair: to keep something in place. To keep something out. To cover something up. To replace something. To stop something from happening. All the examples in this post are non-garment repairs, but  I have even seen white tape used on a yellow raincoat, but alas, I had no camera to hand.

And now for the Visible Mending Programme Gallery: for those of you who use Instagram: you will notice some pictures have been “instagrammed”. If you are an Instagram user, then you can follow me @tomofholland. Any mending pictures I upload I hash tag with #VisibleMend or #VisibleMending. It would be great if you did the same, I would love to see a gallery of Visible Mends.

But enough talking now, here is the photo essay on Tape. Red Tape. Brown Tape. Yellow Tape. Black Tape. Silver Tape. Clear Tape.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Visible Mending Pictures on Instagram. I hope to be able to use some prime examples for the presentation I will give at MEND*RS.

What, you haven’t heard about MEND*RS yet? It is the first mending research symposium in the UK (29 June – 2 July 2012). Registration will open soon, come join us in the Lake District for some mending action.

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Ever since I moved out of my parents’ home, I have been making my own Christmas decorations. There was the Christmas tree with marshmallows as baubles (which slowly but surely sagged into the needles – impossible to get them off again to eat them), the cut-paper snow flakes on the window, the knitted Christmas stockings, and the felt stars with embroidered snow flakes.

This year I will NOT be knitting Christmas baubles, however many friends are expecting me to. Perhaps I have a contrary streak in me? Instead, I’ll be fashioning my decorations from these gorgeous sheets of paper:

I started with this beautiful silver print paper, which I think will make very festive Christmas baubles:

I cut the large sheets (I think they are about 50x70cm) into squares, and then did some clever origami folding and turned them into ‘balloons’. There are plenty of on-line tutorials to be found, here’s one that takes you through all the steps in great detail.

I have made many of these balloons ever since I was a kid, and it still feels a like a little magic how a square of paper can be folded and blown up to turn it into a balloon, just like turning a heel on a sock still delights me. In order to be able to hang them up, I tied a cocktail stick to a piece of ribbon and inserted this through the little hole and then tied the two tails into a bow.

What a beautiful cluster of baubles!

Keep an eye out for the next few posts to see what else I have made. What Christmas decorations have you made this year?

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