Great find, Carla! The Fall 2020 issue of Piecework on mending is out now! ETA: If your public library gives you access to RBdigital, see if you can check out the issue that way like I did. It looks like a fun issue! I'm especially excited about the article on kantha. I grew up in Bangladesh, calling it (the art) or them (the quilts) nakshi kantha, and love this method and these textiles. It's not at all dissimilar from sashiko and boro, although the stitches used are less often straight stitches as far as I can tell. Anyway, old saris are layered up and stitched together much like the zokin cleaning cloths in Japan that r mentions in her wonderful cleaning ebook. When I was little, I always escaped from our yard into the neighboring bari, and among the many things I loved watching was groups of women stitching these quilts (I also loved watching them make roti on special pans sort of like Mexican comals on their most-wonderful and obsession-worthy earthen stoves, especially since they always gave me some roti to eat).
"Do the best you can in the place where you are, and be kind." - Scott Nearing
I'll fix a ripped seam or sew on a button, but most of my mending is on jeans. I love jeans and when I find a pair that fits just right, I won't give them up just because they have a hole or two. When I was a kid, grandma would neatly patch all of my ripped knees with a colorful fabric or scrap of denim. When I bought my first sewing machine, it had a darning plate and I started using that to fix holes. Later I was selling military BDUs and saved a few of the beyond repair pants as patches too. This past winter I finally threw away two pair of jeans that have served me well for over ten years. I believe each pair had been patched at least three times and some of the patches even had patches. I contemplated patching them a fourth time, but the denim was just getting too thin. I've recently discovered sashiko and would like to give it a try. Fortunately I have a few pair of jeans waiting for their first mending.
For me, one of the worst issues with fast fashion is how so little is worth mending. The quality is so poor that a mend doesnt last enough time to make the mend worthwhile to do.
I used to mend my jeans, grew up doing it. By midway through university, the material had changed enough that by the time a section ripped in pair of jeans (often the crotch, for me), the entire crotch area was so thin i couldnt mend it. Or i could, and did, but the repair would only last until the next wash or until the spot right next to the mend failed, buying me a few days to buy more jeans :( i developed ever more complicated ways of reinforcing that area before giving up. Same as tshirts. I put my thumb through a tshirt recently, the cotton is so delicate i promptly put a thumb through in another spot while i inspected the first spot for damage!
So those things i dont mend anymore, though i used to.
I do mend knit merino tops. Usually they need mending due to weak thread at a seam, or a catch, and will last plenty of time with a minor mend. I mend some leggings if they catch. I often restitch a sweater underarm seam . Small holes and rips in jackets, and other evidences of tiny accidents are worth mending. Dress clothes, blazers, yes. I have a dress in the mending pile where the seams came compleyely undone on part of the skirt at first wear so i need to redo all the seams. Its been in the pile for a while, but i will repair it. Gloves, and scarves? I mend them. Bras. Oh yeah, too expensive not to.
But commonly worn items, like underwear, socks, jeans, tshirts? The quality just isnt there these days to make it worth my time.
I suppose you all know there's a BB for this. Or even more than one BB.
For the (new) straw badge BB on 'invisible mending' I did this. It's a dress (or tunic) I love wearing when riding my bicycle (with leggings, short or long depending on the weather). I don't know how it got those tiny holes, but as soon as I saw them, I decided to repair them, because I want to use this dress for many more years.
is it invisible of isn't it?
now I don't see it ...
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
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