Friday, November 30, 2012


Funny how mending wasn't part of the Make and Mend-Challenge. As it turns out, my children get very attached to their clothes and prefer a mended garment (even mended nylon leggings, in DD's case) to a new one. Mending un-mendable fabrics (nylons), embarrassing locations (ripped butt on DS's favorite pants) and inferior technique on my side notwithstanding.

I only have pictures of one mended garment, DD's RTW blouse of very thin cotton. So here's my MM-bonus project:

See the mended area?

I learned to mend/darn my father's socks as a child. We never used a darning egg, though (still don't own one). I don't darn socks at present, but I might give it a go.

 Do you?

I used to not like mending at all, but have found that taking mending along like a small knitting project or a book, e.g. when the children have a class, makes the time pass nicely and gets me in the rhythm of things for want of other things to do.

Now you do!

I was inspired to finally write this by the lovely Zoe posting on learning how to mend today. Thanks for the kick-in-the-..., Zoe!

Do you mend?


Die Improvisiere-und-Repariere Challenge enthielt lustigerweise gar kein Reparieren. Vielleicht, weil das out ist?

Ich habe zwar als Kind Socken stopfen gelernt, bin aber lange jeder Kleidungsreparatur weiträumig aus dem Weg gegangen. Warum flicken, wenn man neu nähen kann? (Fotos habe ich nur von einem Flickwerk, dieser fertig gekauften Bluse aus sehr dünnen Baumwollstöffchen.)

Wo ist denn das geflickt?

Meine Kinder haben mich eines Besseren belehrt, die beiden lieben nämlich ihre Sachen, je oller umso mehr. Da kann doch ein Loch in der Leggings oder ein Riss im Hosenboden nicht das Ende sein? Selbst gestopfte Nylon-Leggings werden voll Stolz weiter getragen.

Na, wo?

Ich habe dann festgestellt, dass sich Flicken als meditativer Pausenfüller sehr gut eignet, wenn man z.B. irgendwo auf die Kinder wartet. Strickerinnen kennen das auch, glaube ich.

Ach, da!

Fotos habe ich nur von einem Flickwerk, dieser fertig gekauften Bluse aus sehr dünnen Baumwollstöffchen.

Wie ist das, flickt und stopft Ihr auch oder greift Ihre lieber gleich in den Stoffvorrat?


  1. I will keep mending until the item is can't be mended no more. (And even then, if it is still wearable, I will rotate it into my work clothes pile for ceramics/painting/printmaking. I try to get as much use out of things as possible.)

  2. Not bad! I am impressed that you know how to darn socks. I thought that was a lost art.
    Kids do attached to clothes. It's hard to get my daughters to accept that have outgrown clothes.

  3. My daughter was just telling me that her children need clothing mended. Oh how I'd love to do it, but they live almost 500 miles away.

  4. I enjoy mending. It's always the most loved clothes that need it - I suppose because they are worn the most.
    I darn socks with contrasting colours so that only the newest socks are plain. And I've just mended a rip in the back of a man's coat then decorated it to be a woman's coat. I think mending can be creative.

  5. I have every intention of mending but don't always get around to doing it. I have to do it as soon as I see the hole/problem or else the item of clothing is usually outgrown by the time I decide to sit down and fix it.

    Darning socks is impressive!

  6. You are welcome for the kick in the ____! You did a fantastic job. I love that you kids prefer to wear mended garments rather than chucking them out! xxx

  7. I do mend, but haven't tried darning yet. I imagine no-one will notice your daughter's shirt has been mended. I always feel it's a shame to throw away all that fabric for one small hole.



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