Thursday, August 30, 2012
I never thought it would be possible to be so inspired by a book on, of all things, mending. I'm sure most of us mend from time to time, even if it's just replacing a button. I mend sporadically. In that I let a huge pile of mending build up and then finally, after much procrastination, I start to make my way through it. I can't say that I've ever really enjoyed it.
But to be creatively inspired to mend, and to actually look forward to getting stuck into that pile? Mend it Better is full of little projects and tips to turn mended patches into works of art, to lengthen hems with a patchwork effect or to cover stains with pretty applique. All with a certain charm.
Though my mending is pretty basic so far, and certainly not of the highest standard, I'm embracing that simple, homespun look. Holes in the knees are often an issue around here, and though I have patched in the past, like way back here, I'm enjoying adding hand stitching to that process. Sitting down and slowly handstitching can be likened to the experience of knitting.
And although not from this book, but reflecting a similar essence of frugal creativity, I took a holey hand knitted jumper, originally op shopped, chopped it up a bit, and added some Liberty print bias binding. I had seen similar from Tiny Happy, and always wanted to try it. Though my work is hardly as neat and suffice to say, it was not my finest bias binding moment. I may have done better to use a felted jumper in the first place, but it is amazing what a hot iron can do.
It does feel good to have an empty basket in my sewing room once again. Just as good as returning these items back into their rightful cupboard. That with a little effort they will live to see at least another season.
Wishing you all a pleasant Thursday.