Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning, and Stitching

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Don’t hide that patch, make it a bold, beautiful embellishment! Repair holes with bright thread and a creative darning stitch; revive a stained shirt with fun embroidery! In Mend It Better, popular craft blogger Kristin M. Roach puts a new spin on mending by adapting traditional techniques for today’s crafty sewers. With detailed photography to show each step, she teaches a wide range of patching, darning, and repair stitches using both hand and machine sewing. The how-to text is accompanied by dozens of ...

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Overview

Don’t hide that patch, make it a bold, beautiful embellishment! Repair holes with bright thread and a creative darning stitch; revive a stained shirt with fun embroidery! In Mend It Better, popular craft blogger Kristin M. Roach puts a new spin on mending by adapting traditional techniques for today’s crafty sewers. With detailed photography to show each step, she teaches a wide range of patching, darning, and repair stitches using both hand and machine sewing. The how-to text is accompanied by dozens of inspiring examples from Kristin’s own work and that of other craft bloggers and artisans. You'll love the innovative solutions using appliqués, patches, brightly colored accents, and intricate lace details. With Mend It Better, every garment and fabric repair is a chance for self-expression and fabulous creations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Craft blogger Roach's first book is an excellent addition to any sewer's collection. Instead of presenting another plethora of patterns, she seeks to empower her readers by teaching the skills they'll need to mend nearly any piece of clothing, from ripped buttonholes to torn hems. While there's no substitute for learning in person, the publisher and author should be commended on creating a book with excellent, clear photographs that show, step by step, how to complete basic repairs. The chapter Stitch Smarts, which covers everything from the blind hem stitch to the little-known prick stitch, is particularly outstanding. Roach also presents a few patterns, most from other crafters, that provide inspiration towards more mending, less discarding of torn clothing. With the exception of the odd placement of two projects before instructions on the stitches required to make them, the book unfolds in an accessible manner; great layout (and lovely photos) provide eye candy. This is the rare sewing book that will be pulled off the shelf for reference again and again. Full color photos and illustrations, 13 patterns. (Feb.)
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Craft blogger Roach's first book is an excellent addition to any sewer's collection. Instead of presenting another plethora of patterns, she seeks to empower her readers by teaching the skills they'll need to mend nearly any piece of clothing, from ripped buttonholes to torn hems. While there's no substitute for learning in person, the publisher and author should be commended on creating a book with excellent, clear photographs that show, step by step, how to complete basic repairs. The chapter Stitch Smarts, which covers everything from the blind hem stitch to the little-known prick stitch, is particularly outstanding. Roach also presents a few patterns, most from other crafters, that provide inspiration towards more mending, less discarding of torn clothing. With the exception of the odd placement of two projects before instructions on the stitches required to make them, the book unfolds in an accessible manner; great layout (and lovely photos) provide eye candy. This is the rare sewing book that will be pulled off the shelf for reference again and again. Full color photos and illustrations, 13 patterns. 
Library Journal
Mending is one of the more unglamorous handwork tasks—many consider repairing holes in garments to be drudgery. Craft blogger Roach aims to change that view with her first book, a collection of instructions and simple projects intended to make mending fun. The projects have a definite "hipster handmade" feel, but the instructions, which include everything from sewing on buttons and repairing zippers to repairing snags and pulls in knitwear, are useful to a variety of audiences. VERDICT This is a clever take on a subject that, while commonplace, is not covered in most sewing books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603425643
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 586,053
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin M. Roach, creator of the popular website Craft Leftovers, is the author of Mend It Better. She enjoys teaching art classes, organizing community art programs, and inspiring others to live creatively. Her designs have been featured in a variety of publications, including Interweave Knits, KnitScene, Craft, and the book Button It Up, by Susan Beal.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Mending, Then and Now
Chapter 2: Mending Tool Kit
Chapter 3: Stitch Smarts
Chapter 4: Patchwork
Chapter 5: Surface Fixes
Chapter 6: Seam Fixes
Chapter 7: Straight Hems
Chapter 8: Around the Waist
Chapter 9: Darning
Chapter 10: Fasteners and Closures
Chapter 11: Zippers
Chapter 12: Getting Fancy
Chapter 13: Decorative Accents
Chapter 14: Care and Prevention
Resources
Glossary
Project Contributors
Metric Conversions
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Great book!

    This book has taken my mend
    ing skills to a new level, and inspired me creatively. I can't wait to mend my next item! I go back to this book again & again because there is so much information regarding mending, and her projects inspire me to thrift shop for a great project! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

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    Inspirational!

    What a neat book! Filled with the basics and beyond, Mend it Better is a toolbox for anyone who's hesitated to get rid of something previously loved just because it's stained, has a hole, is a bit outdated, has a bleached spot, etc. It's a great source to have on hand these days, whether your concern is saving a much-loved garment, helping the environment, or preserving the contents of your wallet. Roach writes in a non-threatening manner, explaining everything in just enough detail for the truly clueless to be comfortable and yet manages to keep those who have some subject knowledge interested as well. After just a quick read through of this book, I've already found several ideas and projects I want to try and am on the lookout for more ideas every time I sit down to do laundry or go through boxes of last season's clothes. I can't wait to sit down with this one and spend more time giving it a good, cover-to-cover read.

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