Friday, January 9, 2015

- Mending my ways

When Meliss read my post about mending her jeans she said, "I didn't realize you were done ... of course I have more!" and promptly pulled out three more pairs of hole-y jeans.

So I got to try two more mending ideas on a second pair. The first was a more deliberate alternation between horizontal and vertical passes of split backstitch over a worn area that did not yet have a hole in it ...


The second area had a much larger hole than the other day ...


Once again backed with a silk patch (because the jeans are thin and a thicker patch would show through) ...


This time worked in a single color, alternating horizontal and vertical passes, much like a leaf or fly stitch ... 


Which filled the hole quite nicely ...


Time will tell if the repair is too good ... which could cause the surrounding fabric to tear. I'll take the other two pairs back to Texas and ponder how best to deal with shredding along the bottom hems.

Meanwhile, still going for that Kodak moment, Meliss and I simultaneously came up with Snickerdoodles as a way to tempt Jackson ...


"What do you think J?"


"Tickle Nana!"

"You're welcome!"

5 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i've tried to comment here a couple times, no dice, so trying again, your mending is
SUPREME...am going to try your technique and yes....there the possibility that
the surrounding is weak.....so to extend the mend?
How your mending is how the body creates scar
Thank you for this....so Much

Liz Ackert said...

The Internet gods have been cranky on my end, too as I journey through Windthread 2011.
Sometimes I find in Blogspot that the comment function restarts if you click the Preview button below, then click the Edit link in the upper right corner of the Comment

Heather said...

Your mending is very beautiful. Somehow it reminds me of wings.

Liz Ackert said...

I'm regretting past clothing that I got rid of when a few stitches would have extended its life ... now I look at "new" (usually thrifter) clothing and contemplate stitching before it even needs it

Liz Ackert said...

"thrifted"