So, I’ve been reading about this “new” trend of visible mending. The idea of it being new is hilarious since darning and mending have been around forever, but sometimes you just need to come back to an oldie but goodie.
I did a little practice run on a sweater that I’ve had forever. It didn’t need any mending, I just wanted to see if I actually COULD do the mending-thang. Or even thread a needle, for that matter.
Luckily, I have this amazing Needle Threader. I’ve had it for 15 years, and it still works every single time. Those aren’t my hands, that’s just a stock photo off the ‘net.
For the sweater, all I did was add a little bit of Blanket Stitch, and few X’s, in Purple Embroidery Thread.
Next Project – I have a pair of jeans that are, hands down, my favorite. They’re worn and tattered, and have those intentionally made spots that are bare and shabby. Eventually those “intentional” spots become TOO shabby, and I decided to try my hand at Visible Mending, in the form of Embroidery Stitches.
I am NOT a sewer. Or a Stitcher. Sewing, either by hand, or by machine, just makes me tense. BUT, having said that, I love love love these jeans, soooooooo here I go, and here are some things I learned along the way.
It really helps if you mark your stitches before you do them. I didn’t have any Disolvable Fabric Markers or whatever it is that actual sewers use, but I did have some watercolor pencils, and they worked like a charm.
Here’s the jeans with the Watercolor Markings
And after one run through the laundry
Stabilize your fabric before you start stitching. I was lucky – these jeans already had Stabilizer pressed onto the back of where the intentional holes had been made, YAY.
This process is ADDICTIVE – I had intended to just add a few subtle little stitches, in blue thread. Yeah, not so subtle by the end, eh?
Along that line, make sure you get up and move around every 15 minutes or so. I did this for about an hour, and hadn’t even realized how long I’d been stitching, and man was I stiff!
So, I love MOST of the stitching I did. Some of it’s just blah, or messy, but who cares? These Jeans will live to see many more months of wear, then I’ll attack them with a needle and thread again……………..
When I was done, my husband actually asked me to mend HIS Gardening Jeans! Here he is modelling them.