I recently discovered ‘visible mending’ in Covid Time. I knew about mending and have in the past darned socks.
Some of you may know about ‘visible mending’. Most of you will know about the ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle.
I was given a pair of socks as a present and they have worn at the heel over time. I have used bright colours and different techniques to darn them before they fall to pieces. I am pleased to be able to wear them again.
I recently mended a skirt and top both of which I caught on barbed wire. I patched and embroidered the holes, and blended the repairs in as I wasn’t brave enough to be really bold and make them stand out visibly.
I have repaired a jumper I knitted for Lyndon some years ago. The cuffs had frayed and there were holes under the arms. I darned the holes under their arms and crocheted the cuffs using a dark red four ply wool. It looks a lot better and I have learn from doing it.
I am not very good at darning but every time I have a go there is an improvement. There is something very satisfying in saving an item of clothing. It is also making me explore a skill I haven’t done for a long time, embroidery.
My next project will be mending a blanket. I use blankets as throws and Dillie likes to rearrange them for her comfort. She has left a hole in one of my favourites. I have found various blogs which describe darning and weaving repairs for blankets.
I have found mending very satisfying and I will carry on repairing our clothing.