Hello Folks, I’ve been preparing some samples for a visible mending workshop in November.
While I tend to be a fan of invisible mending (as explored in this post), I do like the combination of embroidery, denim, running stitch and creatively working through the household’s mending pile.
The technique is very simple and kinda fun.
Some lessons learnt:
- Stitch length looks best if it’s 4mm or shorter, but straight stitching is more important than inconsistent stitch length (if one had to list these in order of visual importance). To draw stitching lines, use a sharp piece of tailors chalk, chalk pencil, chalk wheel or water soluble pen. A small quilting ruler with eighth and quarter inch markings on is helpful to mark a grid, if needed.
- How do you neaten the edges of the patch fabric so it doesn’t fray? Ideally, a (4-thread) overlock around the edges would be the flattest and neatest solution. However, I just pinking sheared mine and when I did the stitching I extended it beyond the pinked edges to hold it. Pressing the edges of the patch under, while neater, makes it too hard to stitch because it gets too thick at the folded edges and corners.
If you’re in Adelaide, come and join me at Marion Cultural Centre on Saturday 24th of November for a short Dressmaker’s Companion book talk followed by a visible mending workshop. This is a FREE event; details and bookings here. Bring along your jeans to mend!