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Oxford ReFashion Event

March 3rd, 2016

imageThe award-winning ReFashion event takes place at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday 10th March 2016, 12pm-6pm.

There will be a catwalk show featuring students and charity shops, ‘swishing’, opportunities to transform garments into something new and give old items a new lease of life. There’ll also be a chance to buy upcycled textile crafts or take part in free upcycling or mending demonstrations. Refreshments will be provided by Donnington Doorstep.

Stallholders at this year’s event:
Sue Hazell Sewing School – mending and alterations
Daydream Days – soft furnishings and handcrafted gifts
Waterstones – craft and sewing books
Oxfam – secondhand and vintage clothes and items
Helen and Douglas House – second hand and vintage clothes and items
Orinoco – the Oxfordshire scrapstore demonstrating textile upcycling and reuse
Fusion Arts – community art projects and workshops
City of Oxford College – fashion students
Vintage Patch – unique iron on patches made from reclaimed materials
Mme B Boutique – bespoke vintage wedding accessories
The Nappy Shed – promoting the use of cotton nappies
Naomi Driscoll
Miss Foxglove – handmade accessories
Sew and Sew
Moo and Meow
Streets Revolution
Gardens in Time
Lucy Loves
Cassiopeia Knits – hand knitted and crocheted accessories
Westbrook Knits – recycling and reinventing woolly accessories
Shira Rachel Fisher
Trading for Development
Jessica Graham Millinery
May Tree Jewellery

ReFashion is part of Oxford Fashion Week.

For more information about ReFashion or to find out how to get involved email



July 28th, 2015

ReFashion returns to Witney on Sunday 1st November, from 11am – 3pm. There will be an array of stands all doing their bit to promote the reuse, repair or upcycling of fabric.

ReFashionSun1NovPosterSmallWith around 8000 tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill across the county each year, West Oxfordshire District Council is working in partnership with all the Oxfordshire councils to tackle the problem of wasted material.

Swap Shop

July 28th, 2015

There’s an autumn Swap Shop at Cogges on Sunday 27th September. Come along, get rid of your old (working) stuff, and maybe find a bargain.


Tomato cane support – from pallet wood again!

March 29th, 2014

Not content with building a raised bed out of pallet wood, we’ve been doing yet more pallet-based construction in the garden this year. This time, inspired by a review of the plant supports at RHS Harlow Carr conducted by quondam Oxford gardener Julieanne Porter, we built a decidedly functional one, ready for the tomatoes that we hope will eventually grow from what are currently very small seedlings.

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How to build a raised bed from pallet wood

January 13th, 2013

A few weekends ago I dismantled a wooden pallet, yielding a surprising amount of wood. Last weekend I reassembled this wood into a raised bed.

As before, there are plenty of guides out there on how to put a raised bed together from pallets: here’s one way to do it although there are plenty of others within searching distance. Anyway, this was the method I broadly followed, with (as before) a few interesting observations which I mention below.

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Dismantling a pallet into reusable wood planks

January 3rd, 2013

Wooden pallets are practically the original and most recognizable example of discarded and waste wood. Also, you usually expect to see them consigned to the flames: it almost isn’t a successful Guy Fawkes’ Night, until you’ve put at least one of them on the bonfire.

But they’re also a convenient source of second-best reclaimed wood, if you can get your hands on them well in advance of your DIY project. Taking apart a pallet is really satisfying – it’s feels a bit like magically conjuring usable wood – but there are a few tricks you’ll need. Here’s a video that shows one successful method:

In short, you start by lump-hammering the chocks – the cuboids of wood between the planks – at right angles to the nail direction. This gradually bends the joins apart and eventually frees the chocks entirely. Once you’ve got some chocks to prop up the upturned remainder of the pallet, you can lump-hammer individual planks away from others, and they drop down between the chocks. As you proceed, continually claw-hammer any nails back out, in the opposite direction from how they were hammered in.

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