- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603425640
- ISBN-13: 978-1603425643
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning, and Stitching Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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Patch, hem, and darn new life into your torn and tired clothing. Kristin Roach's creative techniques, along with original mending ideas from guest crafters, will inspire you to adjust your hemlines, play with creative stitches, add pops of color with vintage buttons, apply boldly patterned patches, and so much more. Simple step-by-step instructions and basic sewing supplies are all you need to make your worn clothing better than ever. You'll love the fun and frugality of upcycling!
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You are given multiple ways to patch so you can use whichever method is best for you. I got this book yesterday and already I have patched a hole. It was easy to understand and I feel it turned out great! I might even bust out the holey socks that have been plaguing my family and mend those!!
Really great purchase, I feel this book will get a lot of use.
This book will pay for itself quickly, even if you use it just for the sock-darning instructions alone. There are many wonderful ideas in here that I hadn't thought of before. The instructions are all very clear, and the author writes in a very friendly, down-to-earth way. Very inspiring!
This book inspired me to make over my favorite green, very soft, machine-made lambswool sweater, of which I've long since worn the elbows into Swiss cheese-like hole-iness.
Very helpful is the author's list of questions for determining whether an item is worth the effort of re-making or mending. Also very helpful is the list of tools and details of mending procedures.
A quibble I have with the book is that the author doesn't go into re-knitting patches for knitted garments. Looking at the socks photographed in the book with crocheted, much thicker heels, I wouldn't want to wear those in shoes.
This book did directly inspire me to knit a new sleeve up past the elbow for the beloved green sweater, and knit leaf-shaped patches to cover the small holes. This book has inspired a truly ˝mended-it-better˝ sweater than the original machine-made sweater was, so I count the book as well worth having.
The sewing directions and mending suggestions are excellent and inspirational. Thank you, Ms. Roach! P.S. I used to shop at the Rag Stock in Iowa City in the 90's, too, and got some great clothes there, such as a pair of East German Army thick wool pants.