Mend it May – My Mending #1

It’s suddenly the 10th May, and Mend It May is in full swing. It’s amazing seeing so many amazing mends shared in the Mend It May Facebook group, and on the #menditmay hashtag on Instagram, and I am so thrilled to see just how many people are tackling their mending piles, and inspiring others to make a start too.
I suddenly realised last night, that in the excitement of launching Mend It May, and putting together the content, my own mending pile was still sat, sadly neglected and slowly toppling to one side, at the side of the sofa. I decided to remedy this last night and made a start with some gentle hand stitching of patches.

The first one is a sashiko “micro-patch”. I first heard the term “micro-patch” from the wonderful mending marvel, Scrapiana, earlier on this week, and I love it!

My Mending-sashiko micropatch

The second one was another patch on my trusty, well worn jeans:


I managed to sneak in a quiet 10 minutes of mending pre school run this morning, and got it finished!

My Mending-jeans sashikox2

I’ve also managed a pretty spectacular ‘fail’…

My Mending-watch strap fail

It was pointed out to me that I had inadvertently managed to create a ‘tear along the dotted line’ scenario with the staples…
I think I may have to admit defeat on this one.

I also dyed a tired white top that was starting to look a little grey. I used gorse flowers, and I’m really pleased with the gorgeous soft yellow colour.

My Mending-gorse dyed top
I wasn’t sure if this really qualified as a mend, but when I looked up the definition (yes, I am that sad..!)

mending: verb (used with object)
1. to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged)whole, sound, or usable by repairing:
to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.

 So actually, yes, I think it qualifies 🙂
 And as with many things, now I’ve made a start, it’s much easier to keep going.
Maybe that mending pile will be conquered by the end of May after all…
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