Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Here at Remade in Edinburgh we love repairing things and giving them a new lease of life! We also love to hear what fantastic repair and reuse ideas you've come up with, so we'd like to see the most creative and innovative up-cycling or repair projects you've completed.

Take a photo of the project that you're most proud of, with a brief comment explaining what it is, and post it to our Facebook page (or email it and we'll post it for you) 
by Thursday the 1st of May
for your chance to WIN one of two GREAT prizes!

First prize is a FREE place on any of our fantastic Workshops and a 96g tub of Lush Charity Pot hand and body lotion, handmade with fresh natural ingredients and packaged in a 100% recycled pot. 
The first runner up will win a Charity Pot too.

Check out our Workshops page to see what you could win, and remember we're always adding more! 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Report from the Mini Makers Faire

Our thanks to the brilliant organisers of the Mini Makers Faire at Summerhall yesterday.

It was slightly quieter than last year, maybe due to its being it being held on a gorgeous, sunny, Easter Sunday, but those who went were clearly having a great time, and we still managed to run out of our programmes before the day was through. So, if you were there and didn't manage to pick one up, do go look at our Classes and Workshops page.

We had a whole range of rag rug techniques on display, and members of the public were able to try their hand at hooky, proddy, crochet and the peg loom. Lovely to see some men having a go this year!

Down in the Old Lab, Cass ran two workshops on simple bookbinding techniques. The accordion books were particularly fascinating, made as they were from a wide variety of recycled papers, and the examples on our stall drew lots of attention.

One of the joys of these events is meeting up with other makers and teachers. Craft in Scotland is clearly thriving, and its great to see crafts people using waste materials in creative ways - such as James and Anita making beautiful furniture from oak whiskey barrels. We were also delighted to meet the folk from the Edinburgh Tool Library project, and we wish them well in their efforts to bring about this wonderful resource. Also great to see David Seagrave's amazing trains on his home-made layout, entirely made of junk.

Thanks to the team of Remade volunteers for helping run the stall!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Mini Maker Faire - Summerhall, Sunday 20th April, 10am - 5pm

Visit the Remade stall at the Mini Maker Faire this Sunday. We'll be demonstrating a variety of rag rug techniques, so come and try your hand at peg loom, crochet, Amish knot, hooky and proddy. Cass will be leading two short Remade bookbinding workshops too - you can book now on the Science Festival website.

The Mini Maker Faire is an extravaganza of creativity - there'll be something to interest you whether you're into tinkering or tailoring, soldering or stitching, cutting edge technology or traditional crafts. Entry is only £3, but check out the bookable workshops - entry is included in the price if you book in advance.

See you there!

Saturday, 12 April 2014


This week at the free drop-in...

Kate showed us how to use a sharpening stone to restore the cutting edge on various gardening tools, including this lawn edger. So although its original coating is peeling off and it looks quite scruffy it will do the job of slicing through the turf as well as a brand new one. Thanks Kate - now I'd better get to work on that lawn!

Coming soon to the Wednesday drop-in:

  • cloak making (for the Beltane crowd but open to all)
  • how to create baskets and mats out of braided plastic bags

Thursday, 3 April 2014


Last night at the drop-in we helped:

fix this zip
add thermal paste to this overheating laptop
patch these well worn knees

and we answered questions on XP end of life and other computer maintenance issues.

Have you got anything you'd like to fix? Come along any Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Greener Together Award

And the winner is....
Remade in Edinburgh!

Cherry and Caroline with the beautiful wooden Greener Together plaque.
We are delighted to announce that Greener Scotland has presented Remade in Edinburgh with a Greener Together award. After considering submissions from all over Scotland, they chose us, along with four other community groups, to receive this award, which recognises 'hard-working communities who are playing their part and helping make Scotland a cleaner, greener place for us all to live'.

We are the first organisation in Edinburgh to win this award, and it's great to have all our efforts celebrated. Well done to the whole team! 

Have a look at the Greener Scotland website for the list of winners, and lots of tips on greener living. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

At our Drop-in on Wednesday 2nd April 
we're holding a Computer Q&A session
 from 7.30-8.45. 

This tutorial will cover common issues such as how to speed up a slow computer, anti-virus software, and upgrading your machine. We'd like to know in advance if you have any particular questions you'd like answered (are you wondering what to do about the end of support for XP for example?) email your questions us to

Led by our resident computer volunteers, Ian and Duncan, this event is by donation. (Sewing help will  be available as usual.)