Rip in your jeans? Snag in a sweater? Tear in a tea towel? They all present an opportunity for one-of-a-kind creativity! With this fun introduction to unconventional mending techniques in a format that's half how-to guide, half idea book, anyone can give worn and torn items new life.
Start by learning hand-mending methods, including boro, embroidery, patching, and darning. Then rev up the sewing machine for fast mends that put the pedal to the metal. Even with a limited budget and not much time to spare, you can create eye-catching repairs with visible mending--35 examples and more than 150 photos make it easy to put your unique mark on everything you mend!
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Turn a chore into a delight! Instead of hiding holes or wear and tear on your clothes, make them a feature with all the ideas you will find in this book. Aside from prolonging the life of a well-loved garment, you will be reducing waste, and creating an enviable and unique wardrobe, and there is, of course, a reference to 'boro', the well-known Japanese style of mending. There is so much more to discover here. In fact, you might want to just go ahead and 'mend' a perfectly good item, simply for the pleasure of using some of the techniques shown here.
Jenny Wilding Cardon
Jenny Wilding Cardon has been creating with fabric since high school. Back then, she would design eccentric, rebellious items of clothing, and then make her friends wear them to school. After graduating from college in Utah with a degree in Women's Studies, Jenny spent three years with her husband in Seattle, where she quickly caught the quilting bug from her coworkers at Martingale.
Jenny worked as a copywriter for Martingale one day short of 10 years before giving up her position to be a stay-at-home mom. In 2011, she returned to Martingale as their content editor, and now spends most of her work time writing for Martingale's Stitch This! blog.
The birth of her first son inspired Jenny's to write her first pattern collection, The Little Box of Baby Quilts (Martingale, 2007). Her second, the book ReSew (Martingale, 2011), paired her two creative outlets--thrifting and sewing. Jenny's designs have also appeared on the covers of Quilts and More and Quilt It for Kids magazines, as well as in McCall's Quilting and Simple Quilts and Sewing.
Jenny lives on an acre in a Utah farming town with her husband and their two sons, Jack and Charlie. Since the commute to the Martingale office is 818.64 miles, the bosses typically allow her to work from home. Visit Jenny's website
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