(this is the closest i could get without making the pic blurry)
so context i was about to start working on this big embroidery project on this shirt and like an idiot i caught the shirt in a nail (don't ask me how idek). it's one of those stretchy form fitting delicate shirts and im afraid to even touch it at this point because i know the hole will be the size of a coin before i even know it. how do i fix it in a way that's not noticeable and i can still stitch in this zone?
[ID: close-up on a small hole in a white knit fabric.]
No need to feel like an idiot. It happens to the best of us. I've managed to get holes in my clothes in the weirdest ways. :)
You've caught the hole early, which is a good thing. The smaller a hole is, the easier it is to fix in a subtle way. Take a look at my post on mending fragile fabrics to get an idea of how to get started.
Going by the picture, you could probably get away by simply sewing the hole shut if you use a matching thread and a small needle. If you were planning to embroider over it anyway, it's okay if it turns out to be a bit more visible than expected.
If it's very fragile, you could try using a tiny bit of interfacing on the inside of the garment to strengthen the fabric around the hole. This will take away some of the stretch, unless you use stretchy interfacing. However, given the size it would probably not matter too much if some stretch was lost.
70 notes · View notes
Darning, Sashiko, and decorative embroidery combo, a mini adventure.
A large hole had formed in my lab coat. It was getting caught in everything so I decided to mend it. My work place had told us that "dirty, lost or damaged you are responsible for your coat" I was not about to shell out cash for a coat.
I started off darning the hole, if you don't know, darning is hand stitching a hole using running stitches and a weaving method. But I soon realized it wasn't giving me the result I wanted. The fabric was still flimsy, so I ventured deeper into YouTube and found a wonderful channel called Sashiko Story, they also have a Tumblr page its @sashico , and a workshop in NYC.
The Japanese teacher makes wonderful videos full of instruction and stories filled with historian context. Sashiko is a embroidery technique developed in Japan, by the ordinary and poor folk for mending, patching, strengthening and extending the life of a piece of fabric or garment. Garments that saw repetitive sashiko mending is known as boro, a type of patchwork. Sashiko is relatively easy to do compared to other hand stitching techniques as it implements pretty much only the running stitch.
I binge watched his videos, picked up the technique he teaches, and tried it out on my coat while listening to his live streams. I have to say the holding technique reminded me of how my grandma would mend clothes. She was fast. And the end result made me giddy. The hole was now closed! The darning had held the original threads together, the sashiko, helped it close it up more and made it stiffer and the texture is delightful. As a tactile person, the sensation was very satisfying.
A day later, I looked over at my coat and noticed the pattern that I used also resembled leaves. Now from my limited knowledge, sashiko traditionally doesn't use fill ins, but I've been also been binging on the channel Chinese Hand Embroidery that teaches the Suzhou techniques, and leaves, flowers and nature were on my mind. So I decided to fill in some of the spaces, despite not using the techniques.
I couldn't be more pleased and happy with my coat. When I'm stressed at work, the difference in texture helps relax me, the stiffness is also very grounding to me. And the best part was the mend was very easy to do, and the result is quite beautiful in my eyes...and I no longer get caught by the drawers.
So I highly recommend checking out the 2 YouTube channels. Maybe they might spark some mending projects.
I am also just delighted that this little patch job reflects my Asian American identity back to me. And reminds me I can use both western techniques but also from China where my family is from, but also learn and enjoy from other Asian cultures.
27 notes · View notes
i do feel like darning really thick winter socks is a lot more satisfying than darning thin ones. but still. so much darning.
23 notes · View notes
Having really enjoyed mending some pairs of jeans repeatedly over the last two years after reading up on sashiko, I decided to try another clothing repair book from the library, and quite frankly, if you are a sweater-lover/wearer, this is THE mending book you need.
Seriously, I've known how to mend knits for decades, but not as beautifully as Noriko Misumi does it. She uses lots of different techniques to approach both repair and design, and it's really dawning on me just how many things I have which are going to get fixed so much more aesthetically now. All those little holes I tend to ignore are about to get fun and funky.
Hands-down, she's got the best photo layout of how to darn socks I've ever encountered (and I studied costuming in college), and as a hardcore pedestrian, it's time I learned to repair those colorful and expensive wool socks I put so much effort into obtaining.
1K notes · View notes
Here is another mending project of mine
As you can see in the picture bellow, that my exercise book is quite damaged, due to it's bad quality and not because I used it too much.
Since I have already written important notes in it, and it still has many empty pages left I didn't wanted to just trow it out, buy a new one and then copy the notes into the new one.
So instead I have mended it (even if it's such a shame that a not even cheap notebook became damaged in such a short time, because of the thin materials.)
For the mending I used a thick and strong thread and a sturdy needle.
Unfortunately my sewing still doesn't solve the problem of the thin cover paper. And the idea of strengthening the material with a duct tape or another layer of glued thick paper only came to my mind when i have already finished it.
To sum up, with this mending I have prevented the cover from further tearing up. So I can use the notebook for this semester too, which is a relief for me because my notes will be in one book. Furthermore I don't have to throw out otherwise empty notebook.
368 notes · View notes
Avoiding Fast Fashion: How to Repair your Stuff
A friend texted me asking how to avoid fast fashion and the short answer is: you cant. unless you have the money to make all your own clothes, fast fashion is going to be a part of your life because it has permeated every corner of the fashion industry. However, you can learn basic mending and repair techniques to help your clothes last so that you are contributing far less to the fast fashion industry
Basic Hand Sewing How-to
How to Mend Jeans using Shashiko Methods
How to Mend Clothing (this channel is all about how to sew so check out her other videos)
Repairing a Seam
Re-attach the sole of a shoe
Repair holes in shoes 1 2
16K notes · View notes
I love patching jeans for other people
183 notes · View notes
“Pretty in Pink, but she Badder in Blue” 👗
Hyping myself up through this healing process.
88 notes · View notes
503 Week 2021
Day 1: Mending
Image ID in alt text.
Commissions and requests open :)
250 notes · View notes
Visible mending is a decorative way to fix up an item. Instead of trying to make your mend as invisible as possible, the idea is to make it part of the garment's design.
Visual mending is not a single technique: it's more of a mindset. If you've got an item you love, it deserves to be mended, and if you're going to put that love into stitches, why not show them off?
That being said, there are some specific techniques that are popular with visible menders. Let's take a look!
Sashiko is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery that is used to both decorate and reinforce fabric. In visible mending, sashiko is often used to cover up holes with patches or to reinforce thinning fabric. This technique uses a variation on the running stitch.
(Image source) [ID: sashiko stitch diagram: the distance between each stitch is 1/2 stitch in length.]
Some resources on sashiko:
SashiCo on YouTube: sashiko livestreams and information on the cultural aspect of sashiko.
Written tutorial by Upcycle Stitches.
Free sashiko templates by TheSpruceCrafts.
Fixing jeans with sashiko by Soluna Collective.
(Image source) [ID: three examples of sashiko embroidery on jeans fabric.]
(Image source) [ID: sashiko embroidery with white thread on blue jeans fabric.]
Regular embroidery is also a popular technique to accentuate your mends. Check out my embroidery 101 post to learn how to get started. You can embroider patches, or use embroidery to hide or accentuate any stitches you've made to fix holes. Embroidery's also a great way to cover up stains.
(Image source) [ID: colourful embroidery floss covers a worn sleeve edge of a jeans jacket]
(Image source) [ID: colourful flower embroidery surrounds a hole in a pair of dark gray jeans. Fabric with a red and black flower print peaks out of the hole.]
There are many ways to add patches to a garment. My tutorial on patches is a good place to start if you want to make custom-shaped patches to sew on top of your fabric. You can also sew your patch on the inside of your garment and have it peek out from beneath the hole you're trying to fix. Fun ideas for this are lace or superheroes.
(Image source) [ID: Spiderman peaking out of a rip in a pair of blue jeans.]
(Source) [ID: a red flannel heart-shaped elbow patch on a gray knitted sweater.]
Darning is a technique used to repair holes in fabric by using running stitches to weave extra fabric over the hole as to fill it up again. While traditionally darning is done in an invisible way by using the same colour of thread as your fabric, you can also use contrasting colours to accentuate your fix. Check out this written tutorial on darning by TheSpruceCrafts.
(Image source) [ID: vintage instructions on how to darn a hole.]
(Image source) [ID: four examples of darning on blue fabric with colourful contrasting thread.]
Visible mending is a creative way to fix up your clothes and give them some personality at the same time.
You should be proud of the fact that you took the time and learned the necessary skills needed to mend your clothes! Show off what you did!
A fun side effect of wearing these obvious mends is that people will notice them. They'll remember your fixes the next time they're faced with a hole in their wardrobe, and it will make them more likely to try it for themselves.
These are just a few ways to visibly mend your garments. Want more inspiration? Check out Pinterest or r/Visiblemending on Reddit.
73K notes · View notes
Shopping bag handles before and after a mini mend
I will have a YouTube video up on this soon
79 notes · View notes
Isn’t it odd to have a body? To be alive and dying, all the time. There are things we can only become by dying, both the act and the process that takes a whole life to happen. I am interested in those things, though I know I can’t know them.
—Marty McConnell, “Mending”
881 notes · View notes
// Neal Bowers // Sandra McPherson //
103 notes · View notes
I tried some visible mending on my favorite pair of jeans. It went.... okay. Almost great, considering it’s my first time, if I’m honest. These jeans have a bunch of other holes, but while I love and embrace knee tears, I draw the line at Butt Ventilation.
← Left pic is wrong side | Right pic is right side →
~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~° ~°~ ° ~°~
Intenté este arreglo monito en las pompis de mis jeans favoritos y para haber sido la primera vez que hago algo así y hacerlo totalmente a mano (quiero un mini loom plox), no la cagué muy feo. Mis jeans siguen intentando que los deje morir por la paz y yo sigo diciendo “Nel”
← Foto de la izquierda es por dentro | Foto de la derecha es por fuera →
108 notes · View notes
Here is my newest finished sewing/weaving/patching projekt.
This cloth had a quite big hole, so instead of just sewing it together I weaved some extra textil into it. This patching method gave the cloth some character, color and of course texture to it.
I used four cotton yarns, one turquoise and dark cyan blue, a pastel pink and brown.
I had a lot of fun making it, and I'm glad I don't have to throw out a nice fabric while practicing my hobby.
959 notes · View notes
Hand-washed this vintage quilt today and dried it in the sun. It smelled very musty and it has some stains and damaged areas; washing it removed the smell and now it’s dry and ready for repairs!
123 notes · View notes
Process I used for making a roll top backpack out of a pair of pants
These pants were worn out in the butt and couldn't be patched, so I cut off one leg, sewed up the bottom, cut up the other leg to make two straps, cut off a re-sewed the belt loops so the straps would have something to tie to, and used extra fabric for the pocket on the front. It ties shut with some scrap ribbon I had on hand, and is decorated with little bug buttons!
104 notes · View notes
Sock darning on my little machine. It's definitely faster than hand darning, though i dont think it's quite as neat. Possibly i just need more practice though.
179 notes · View notes
238 notes · View notes