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Mending Matters

Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels: First, it includes more than 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern, and bold—but draw on traditional stitching. It does all this through just four very simple mending techniques: exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning, and weaving. In addition, the book addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall well-being. In essays that accompany each how-to chapter, Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance, and confidence, all gained from making things with our own hands.

Projects include:

  • Simple Back Pocket Patch
  • High-Contrast Cuff Patch
  • Oversize Knee Patch
  • Pretty Elbow Patches
  • Oversize Patch as Dress Pocket
  • Basic Interior Pocket Patch
  • Interior Knee Patch
  • Pretty Interior Jacket Patch
  • Nearly Invisible Knee Patch
  • Basic Sashiko Knee Mend
  • High-Contrast Sashiko Mend
  • Less-Visible Sashiko for Upper Thighs
  • Nearly Invisible Sashiko for Pant Seats
  • Basic Darning on Denim
  • High-Contrast Darning on Silk
  • Wabi-Sabi Weaving on Linen Seams
  • Improvised Weaving on Buttonholes
  • Oversize Linen Cowl
  • Slow Stitch Linen Shawl
  • Fold-Over Denim Pouch
  • Simple Denim Market Tote
  • Oversize Denim Portfolio Case