I love mending.
I like hand sewing and I like small projects that can be finished quickly and that don't involve buying stuff. I also like to be creative. Mending ticks all those boxes, and of course it is thrifty too.
I've been collecting images of inspiring creative mending on my Make Do and Mend board on Pinterest.
I would love to be able to patch my children's clothes creatively but they aren't keen. Katie won't have anything handmade at all any more, Tom is very particular about his clothes and although George is happy to have things mended he likes the mend to unobtrusive.
Although Tom is particular about his 'real' clothes ie the ones he has chosen, he is quite happy for me to mend his school uniform. The elbows of his school jumper wear out very quickly. To begin with I tried darning them with black sewing thread it being the best thing I had at the time. Then I got myself some darning wool and a darning mushroom which made the whole operation a lot easier. Although not apparent in my photo this darn is actually quite hard to see. Clearly I'm not an expert but I really enjoy darning and actually find myself feeling pleased when a new hole appears in Tom's jumper.
When it comes to my clothes I'm more than happy to mend them in a more creative way.
My clothes seem to need mending a lot. I must be very hard on them.
This is the underarm of a short-sleeved linen tunic the seams of which came apart not that long after I'd bought it. To start with I simply made a new seam to enclose the hole but it wasn't long before that gave way too. I decided to make a decorative patch for it.
I know it looks a completely different colour but it is the same garment. I tacked on a patch of printed cotton and then worked wobbly rows of running stitch across in embroidery floss. It's a bit rustic but I like it and it isn't in a very noticeable place. I might put another one on the front somewhere.
As well as ripping my clothes I splash bleach on them at regular intervals. This peacock green shirt got splashed and I sadly put it in the ragbag. After I'd finished the patch on my tunic I wondered what else I had to stitch on and remembered this shirt.
I turned the bleach marks into a feature by doodling around them in running stitch.
Now I am eagerly anticipating the next ripped, torn or stained garment.
What about you? Do you enjoy mending? Are your mends utilitarian or creative, or both?
Below is June's sampler - a bit late.