What's in Your Mending Basket?

Tiny Phryne my three-legged cat checking out the mending for videoing the Art of Mending Series 

Tiny Phryne my three-legged cat checking out the mending for videoing the Art of Mending Series 

How many of your favorite clothes are unwearable right now because of some kind of damage?

Are they languishing in a sad pile on the floor of your closet, stuffed a  bag in your laundry room, or still lurking in your drawers ?

Do you  need to sew on a coat button, patch a revealing pair of jeans or darn a moth-eaten sweater?

Are you making do with a stapled hem or a safety-pinned waistband?

Most mending projects are quick and easy to accomplish with no special equipment and materials (beyond a basic sewing kit), once you know how. Our grandparents learned the basics of hand mending as children but these kinds of skills are rarely passed on any more in our throwaway societies.

Offering a mending service for my community for many years has shown me the many sad ways that damaged clothes can be neglected. But I can't mend all the clothes in the world, so instead, I want to help you to tackle your own mending. So I'm offering an online Mending Basket Support service. 

Mending Basket Support can be tailored to suit your skill level and mending needs. Over Skype or by email I can offer advice about the best type of technique for each garment in your mending basket. Or if you have one particularly challenging mending problem I can offer technical support. Your Mending Basket Support might involve brainstorming or problem solving and I can coach you as you practice new skills or explore unfamiliar techniques. 

Find out more about having a Mending Basket Support session. 

Confess your mending basket troubles in the comments below. Are you wearing clothes held together with safety pins, staples or sticky tape?