July’s meeting was a feast for the eyes, as the visible mending program team showed off fun and creative ways to extend the life of clothes, quilts, and more. Check out some of their samples:
The time-honored tradition of repairing worn textiles seems to have taken on a new life over the past several years. A search for “visible mending” on Instagram or Pinterest will lead you down a candy-colored rabbit’s hole of hand stitching inspiration! But before you pick up a needle and thread to fix your worn items, here are a few considerations the team recommends you keep in mind:
When you choose a patch to cover a hole, consider the location of the patch and its thickness. You want to avoid adding bulk in places like the crotch or seat of your pants.
Washable school glue is a great way to temporarily adhere a patch to a garment before you stitch. If you’re repairing jeans, try HeatnBond Ultrahold for a sturdier connection.
When choosing thread, don’t let form override function. Your repair needs to be strong! When you finish stitching, leave a long tail so it has room to shrink without puckering the original fabric.
Use darning to fix rips or tears in areas that aren’t suited for patches. Darning adds strength and is also decorative.
Can’t find a traditional wooden darning egg? Try a plastic Easter egg instead.
ChattMQG members can see more tips and tricks shared by the team on the Member Resources page of our website.
Are you up for a challenge?
Now that you’ve been inspired, it’s time to try your own visible mending. Shirts, pants, tote bags, quilts, pillows, table linens, YOU NAME IT — apply any of the techniques we learned (or another one you’ve been wanting to try) to an item of your choice, and we’ll reveal them at our December guild meeting.
If you can’t find anything that needs mending, visit your local thrift store or grab an item you’d like to embellish with some visible stitches.
Share your progress online using the hashtag #chattmqgmending.