Mrs Snail of The Snail of Happiness runs a regular feature called ‘Mend-it-Monday’. Mrs. Snail is the queen of mending and has all sorts of tips, ideas and gadgets to help her on her mission to use and re-use things as long she can.
She is a constant inspiration to me and is even in the early stages of opening a shop to store all sorts of pre-loved items and tools for mending and re-purposing.
I saw this exhibit at Harrogate and thought it would fit right in on this Mend-it-Monday.
It was laid out on the floor, each detail fascinating.
Mending as art – love it!
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Tagged art of mending, exhibit, Harrogate K&S 2021, Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show, Mend it Monday, mending, mending as art, textile art, The Snail of Happiness
My son and daughter-in-law have a cute sofa, but the seams had come apart on the seat
It was going to cost a small fortune to have it recovered and they couldn’t find anyone to repair it ……… Granny to the rescue!
I already had some bias binding, so I bound the frayed edges.
And brought them together with stitching
The bigger split could not be pulled together, so I sewed in a layer of fabric underneath the hole.
I went over the L-shaped repair with another layer of binding to reinforce, and then sewed on patches of new material with hem stitch done with a curved needle.
I gave each patch an iron to finish off. Not the most professional job, but it was very satisfying to know I have given the sofa a new lease of life.
And I have saved the left over bits of spotty fabric should any more holes appear.
The best bit was when Little Bro (7) thanked me so much for mending their sofa.
keeps her warm
Miss E very sweetly asked me if I could mend the first dress I had made for Teddy as it is her FAVOURITE.
Of course I could not resist this Boro-esque challenge.
First I needed to darn the holes and stabilise the edge with a running stitch
Then I carefully washed the dress and took it to Miss E for further instructions.
She asked for a daisy to cover the darn in the front and for me to neaten the edge. I hope she approves of the result as seen in the first photo.
“Work is love made visible”
Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: COLOUR and WARMTH
My entry for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge: FAVOURITE
Please leave a link to your FAVOURITE photo in the comments to be included in the monthly round-up.
My son-in-law caught his new duck-down filled jacket on a barbed wire fence and asked if I could mend it. An AWKWARD thing to mend.
But mothers-in-law come in useful at times. First I did a herringbone stitch to keep the edges stable. I got a piece of bias binding folded and sewed it into a right-angle and then hem stitched it onto the jacket, being careful not to go through to the lining beneath.
I was pretty pleased with the result – and so was my son-in-law!
This is my entry for our ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge, which goes live each Tuesday.
All the weeks’ prompts are listed below so you can be looking out for the subjects. I like to get a few sitting in my drafts, as life can suddenly get busy at times.
Have you found anything AWKWARD recently – or maybe you have an AWKWARD photo in your archive. Cathy of Nanacathy and I created the list for fun, Rainbow Jane created the graphics for us – feel free to add any prose or poetry if the prompt inspires and leave a link in the comments below. It is always inspiring to see the variety of responses each prompt brings forth.
Next week’s subject is
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