It feels like I’ve only just written my last repair round up post, but here we are again! I've had to slow down the repairs I take on for a while as I'm working on a much bigger project at the moment and that's taking up a lot of my time. Having said that, I loved this months commission and also got to work on some personal repairs - and even a skill swap which I totally recommend. I spent the afternoon with Tim learning how to carve my own wooden cup - it was hard work on the hands but wow I loved it so much! I had another one earlier in the year which involved a darning session in exchange for a lesson in making nettle cord and it was such a nice way to be able to share and learn a new skill.
This cashmere jumper had two small holes and Claire asked for the darns to be worked in blue and orange. I used a houndstooth weave on both which I think has worked really well against the red of the jumper. If you’re interested in learning how to create a Houndstooth weave I have a video over on my YouTube channel and there is also a chart included in the booklet in my Darning Visible Mending Kit.
My favourite pair of Levi’s have all of a sudden sprung lots of little areas of damage, so I’ve been stitching away on those when I’ve had time. The back pocket had developed a hole - I often keep my keys in there when I’m at work which I think was the culprit - and I wanted to find a way to repair the hole without unpicking the whole pocket from the jeans so this is the solution I came up with. I have a bag filled with denim jeans that are beyond repair but can still be salvaged for fabric scraps and so I cut off one of the back pockets to use as a patch. I used a simple ladder stitch to sew the pocket onto the original around the outside edges, and then stitched the remainder into place using my favourite sashiko thread in white; I love the monochrome contrast and texture of this repair.