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Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More Hardcover – 16 Oct 2018
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"I'm excited for Mending Matters and for Katrina's work that offers new directions within the sustainable fashion community. It creates solutions, draws on handcraft heritage, and widens the opportunities to connect with Slow Fashion through simple stitching."--From the foreword by Natalie Chanin "Alabama Chanin "
"Our clothes can have a long history, if we let them. Mending is a way of ensuring a longer life for the clothes we wear and maintaining our long relationship with them. Human hands should always be a part of the making of fashion and Mending Matters helps inspire that long story. Because #lovedclotheslast."--Fashion Revolution
"This book is a joy--I love how Katrina combines practicality and a lightness of touch with a deep understanding of the issues that drive the Slow Fashion movement. Her creative, considered, and beautiful approach to mending and making is exactly what we need in this moment of overconsumption and fading connections to our clothing and textiles. Thank you, Katrina, for helping rekindle our love affair with clothes built to last and hold memories."--Clare Press "Sustainability Editor at Large, Vogue Australia "
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The book is a well designed hardback, small enough to pop in my bag for reading on bus journeys. There is an introduction explaining how the author came to be more sustainable in her clothing choices, and the impact this had on her wardrobe. She has great ethics when it comes to buying clothing, and mending older clothes.
There is a chapter on basic slow stitching and design - considering your colour choices for thread and patches before starting on your mending project. Different ways to apply exterior patches, even using patches as design elements (pockets!)... and a chapter on interior patches. This is the technique I'm excited for, using interesting fabrics remnants from my stash and some beautiful stitching to create more unique pieces to wear.
A chapter on Sashiko follows - a technique I only learned about earlier this year in fact, so thats a great win for me! - and darning and stitch weaving technique too!
When you consider that the author only uses naturally occurring fibres, it makes sense that there are limited numbers of techniques to use. Yet, this allows for greater creativity. In fact, I love the emphasis on creativity. While the author doesn't go into endless detail of different techniques, she covers enough to inspire you to try for yourself.
I wasn't expecting an encyclopaedia of different techniques, more a book that would inspire me to mend my own clothing in unique and creative ways - and that is definitely what I got! It will be a favourite of mine for many years I'm sure!