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A Modern Guide to Darning, Stitching and Patching the Clothes You Love
We all have that favourite pair of jeans - no matter how baggy or worn they might become. In the movement against throw-away culture and fast fashion, learn how to pick up a needle and rediscover the forgotten techniques and the joy of mending.
In Visible Mending, Arounna explores why we should mend, and how to mend a variety of different fabrics. Work through the illustrated step-by-step instructions that will demystify mending techniques and discover how these can be easily applied to old items to give them a fresh, modern look. Packed with skill-based projects, this book reveals how to patch jeans, embroider over tears, dye stains and use the Japanese art of Sashiko. Visible Mending is a book for those who want to learn how to make the most of their wardrobes, be less wasteful, more sustainable and add a personal touch to their garments.
By Arounna Khounnoraj
"In the last two years, I have read every book about visible mending that was available to me in Canada, and this one is by FAR the best of the lot. (Though I also highly recommend Katarina Rodabaugh’s pioneering Mending Matters!) This book is one of those wonderful handbooks that serves both beginners and long-time practitioners, and it spans tools, techniques, and projects. I really appreciated the clear how-to pictures (which complement @bookhou tutorials on Instagram), and also the laid-back “this is how I do it, but you should feel free to experiment” tone. I have been so inspired to try new little stitchery projects because of this book. If you’re at all intrigued by the world of visible mending, don’t hesitate to buy this book! You’ll have it on your shelf forever!"
"The zero-waste ethos—reduce, recycle, and reuse—has been popular for decades; refuse has become more familiar as consumers are encouraged to buy less, with composting now a staple of green living. Popular Instagrammer Watkins (cofounder of Lookfar Conservation) presents a back-to-basics introduction to practices that have been lost over generations and are enjoying renewed interest. The breadth of coverage includes food, cleaning, beauty and wellness, and gardening, with each chapter offering an overview, a list of products or ingredients, and recipes or techniques for all levels of interest and ability. Ingredient lists and recipes range from simple and straightforward (fresh lemon and ginger to make tea) to those more difficult to obtain (pure essential oils and nonedible dried herbs). VERDICT Readers new to the book's concepts will appreciate the detailed shopping and resource lists, as well as the variety of practices they can try integrating into their own homes. All will appreciate the research and the explanations that inform without overwhelming." —Meagan Storey, Virginia Beach — Library Journal