I posted this on my stories yesterday. One of the pillowcases from our bed had worn thin and developed a hole. Rather than throwing the case away, I took up my needle and thread and made, an all be it bodged attempt, at darning it.
I had quite a few DMs asking me why on earth was I bothering? Why not just throw it away?
Well, we only have 2 sets of bedding for our bed. With my terrible sewing skills, I have bought myself a few more uses of this pillowcase. It also means that I now can take my time and look for some antique linen ones as a replacement.
What would you have done, chucked it out or tried to repair it? Xxx
Another view of my recent mending commission. Darning & reweaving is so satisfying to look at. I’m also proud to’ve maintained the drape, hand, puckering/gaping, and stretch of the original garment. 👖💙🧵
Thanks to the @peckhampeculiar for their article on The Thoughtful Society!... ...“When we met, we realised we had a lot of interests in common,” Katie said. “We’re both concerned about environmental issues – in fact, I think like a lot of people, we both feel overwhelmed by the daily bad news stories about climate change, pollution, plastic in our oceans and so on. Both of us try to live as ‘sustainably’ as possible, but it’s definitely not easy.” “I started We-Resonate because I have
a background in the fashion industry and have seen how wasteful and polluting it is,” Lizzie said. “I really hate the emphasis in modern life on buying more and more.” Katie added: “I’ve often wondered if I’m alone in going mad worrying about things like where my clothes are made, whether it’s ethical to eat avocados, the implications of buying dairy-free milk in a carton you can’t recycle. ..... The first night will be held on November 28 from 7pm at 2 Girls’ Café on Peckham Rye. There will be a talk from Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin, authors of Craftfulness, a new book about how making things with our hands can be a mindful act that helps us slow down and relieve stress – and can also be the antithesis to endless consumption and waste.
Afterwards take part in a craft project and to sample the delicious drinks and nibbles on sale at 2 Girls’, which specialises in vegan treats. The ticket price includes a prosecco welcome drink and a second for during the talk. -
Simply click the link in the bio for tickets. See you there! Lizzie and Katie X
I darned my tights! Once the deep fall chill sets in, I basically live in black wool and fleece lined tights. Inevitably, I wear holes in the toes, which renders them useless. This was so quick and easy, and after a day of wear, very comfortable. I put a basket in my room for mending to make this a regular part of my wardrobe maintenance.
For this hole, I used the scotch darning technique in a contrasting gold woolen spun yarn, because I love the look of #visiblemending . With wear and washing, the patch will felt a bit, which will reinforce the hole further. Love that @clothingcareco‘s #menditmonth came on the heels of #slowfashionoctober ; it’s the perfect extension of this more thoughtful mindset for me.
Good morning lovelies!
Don't forget to pre register for this Saturday Boro Mending workshops (10 to 1 or 2 to 5) at my studio. The snow will be gone 🙌🙌🙌 Come chill and learn some stitching and mending which you can then practice at home during the holidays!
Swank post! I just used a piece of yarn tying this skein of #riverknits#schroom to darn him indoors’ favourite jumper. The needle is pointing to the former hole. The yarn is *slightly* paler than the jumper but it doesn’t show. He wasn’t up for visible farming yet 😁 V pleased with it. #darning#mend#mending
Tutorial on mending socks with holes^ for the winter ☃️❄️ don’t want no toes getting cold in the snow 😂
"One winter wearing a crummy pair of boots and now ALL my very $$$ @smartwool socks have holes in the same place 😱 BUT fret not! Now is the time to pull out all those woolies tucked away since winter - socks, sweaters, mittens and hats - and spruce them up for Fall 🍂
Darning a hole is surprisingly simple! Essentially you are using yarn to weave new fabric wear the old has worn away. Swipe left for our simple step-by-step tutorial on how to earn a BIG hole in your sock! If you’d like to mend a hole in something without a heel - like a sweater or hat - the process is the same, you just don’t need the apple/orange/darning egg because that is really only used for holding the shape of a heel. If you are mending a fingertip in a mitten or globe, use a smaller finger-like tool - perhaps the wide end of a carrot? - to hold the glove-finger’s shape while you mend the hole
Often mending feels daunting because there never seems to be time to fit it in - there always seems to be something more important to do. But we find it helpful to tuck a mending project in a bag when we are in the go so we can pull it out in a lull - riding the bus or train, waiting in line, waiting for our food at a restaurant. There are so many moments, out and about and at home when a few rows of stitches can be added to a mending project and soon enough all the holes will be filled and things are ready for action again 🍂
#sewswapthrift#handmadewardrobe#buyless#sewyourown#visiblemending#sewingchallenge#handmadelife#creativehappylife#handmadebestmade#consumeless#thefarwoods#darning#makedomend#slowfashion#slowdown#handstitched#sashiko#boroinspired#learntosew#kidscansew#homeschool#projectideas#homeschoolprojectideas#sewinginspiration#darningsocks#mending#mendingmonday " Carousel by @thefarwoods
I did something different today: I added a little patch of handmade wool felt to a hole in my acrylic, industrially-made socks. • Did you know I’m teaching a darning workshop? Just bring something to fix like socks or a sweater, and I’ll show you how to darn it. Come to Eyesore Cinema (1176 Bloor St West) on Tuesday, November 20 from 7-10pm. $5 workshop fee. There’s spots available. Hope to see you there!
Mending... just because school trousers are so cheap to buy these days does that make them throwaway, not worthy of being mended? .
Riley put a hole in the knee of this pair when he fell and twisted his ankle a few weeks back. They were new for this school year so they had probably only been worn for about 2 weeks (he has 2 pairs worn in rotation) and even though they could be replaced for probably the cost of a coffee and a slice of cake in my local cafe does that mean they should be? He will probably grow out of this pair by Christmas anyway (seriously, stop growing son of mine! ) but does that excuse throwing them away now? Without even attempting to make them serviceable for another half term?
As long as i have needles and thread and a vague idea of how to fix a hole i don't think so! .
Also those slippers are a favourite of mine, knitted using a Herdwick/ mohair blend yarn I picked up from a farm shop in the Lake District a few years ago so they hold many special memories. They will be darned and redarned until the soles are just a patchwork of leftover sock yarn and I'm happy with that! 😉😂😊
A close up of the Boro piece I have been working on. A mix of old and new that I am piecing together to make a large panel. More details in my story today.
Join me at my studio on Saturday for a BORO MENDING WORKSHOP. Details and registration on website (link in profile) 😍
November is the perfect time of the year to give some extra love to our clothes, repair & mend what has been worn out.
This beautiful darning sampler is made with silk embroidery on a cotton fabric and dated 1836, bequest Gertrud M. Oppenheimer. You can find it in the @cooperhewitt museum.
Read more about #darning on The Craft Atlas. Link in bio.
Hon är fin, söstra mi, men sablar vad hon sliter strumpor. När typ hela sulan måste lagas känns det nääästan som att jag bara borde ha stickat ett par nya sockar. Men nu är de hela iaf. 4 av 5 områden fylldes i med maskstygn, i mönster. Det värsta hålet stoppade jag lite slarvigt (både för stabilitet och för att det skulle kännas jämnare att gå på), och plockade sedan upp maskor till en lapp. Lagningarna är nästan osynliga, men när sockarna sitter på känns det som att ha små kuddar under häl och trampdynor. Säkert extra ergonomiskt!