Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe

Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe

by Katrina Rodabaugh
Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe

Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe

by Katrina Rodabaugh


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Slow fashion influencer Katrina Rodabaugh, bestselling author of Mending Matters, teaches readers how to mend, patch, dye, and alter clothing for an environmentally conscious, reimagined wardrobe

Slow fashion influencer Katrina Rodabaugh follows her bestselling book, Mending Matters, with a comprehensive guide to building (and keeping) a wardrobe that matters. Whether you want to repair your go-to jeans, refresh a favorite garment, alter or dye clothing you already have—this book has all the know-how you’ll need. Woven throughout are stories, essays, and a slow fashion call-to-action, encouraging readers to get involved or deepen their commitment to changing the destructive habit of overconsumption. Rodabaugh has an engaged community (her kits are in high demand and her classes sell out quickly) and a proven ability to tempt sewists and nonsewists alike to take up needle and thread.

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ISBN-13: 9781683359005
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 224
File size: 54 MB
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About the Author

Katrina Rodabaugh is an award-winning artist and writer working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through craft techniques. Her writing and work have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living,Mother Earth Living, Sewing Magazine, Sunset magazine, Sweet Paul Magazine, Taproot magazine, and more. Rodabaugh teaches and speaks at craft gatherings across the United States, including to standing-room only crowds at the popular New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. Rodabaugh currently lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 16

Authors Note 19

Chapter 1 Build 20

Start Where You Are 22

Pause 25

Assess 25

Organize 25

Inspire 26

Research 26

Gather 26

Donate 27

Care 27

Boundaries 28

Connection 28

Chapter 2 Make 32

How to Make: Tools, Materials, and Techniques 34

Stitched Sentiment: Moon Neck Lining 46

Illustrated Plant Pocket 52

Embroidered Poem Pocket 58

Redesign Vintage: Tablecloth Top 64

Redesign Patchwork: Zero-Waste Top 70

Upcycled Offcuts: Patchwork Tote 76

Chapter 3 Thrift (& dye) 86

How to Dye: Tools, Materials, and Techniques 88

Goldenrod Flowers: Wool Sweater 98

Black Walnut Hulls: Linen Pants 104

Queen Anne's Lace Flowers: Silk Tank Top 112

Flowering Quince Branches: Linen Top 118

Garden Flower Mix: Wool Sweater 124

Peppermint Leaves: Cotton Top 132

Yellow Onion Skins: Cotton Top 138

Avocado Pits & Skins: Raw Silk Pants 144

Chapter 4 Mend 154

How to Mend: Tools, Materials, and Techniques 156

Back Pocket Stitches 162

Upper Thigh/Inseam Stitches 168

Patchwork Pant Legs 174

Underarm Patches 180

Collar Repairs 186

Darn: Sweater 192

Darn: Gloves 198

Darn: Socks 204

Resources 215

Acknowledgments 220

About The Author 223

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