Visible mending continues to be an obsession. Not for the least of reasons because I’m a total klutz.
These jeans started as a visible mend on a tiny little hole I caught going over the fence. Then I just sort of turned them in to art jeans. And then I was going over the fence again yesterday…
To explain, the fence is about 2 feet high and is used to keep the dogs out of the garden. But I got to work and disguised it as much as possible while repairing.
This one isn’t as smooth, but I couldn’t find the sticky back repair fabric I’ve used on other things. But amongst all the thread, I don’t think the repair is all too obvious.
I’ve been playing around with using crayons to color my fabric, then filling in the outline with backstich. I’m not sure I love the finished product, but I do love the process!
Summer has hit in Santa Barbara, and this year we are hitting record temps. And before anyone from the midwest, or Vegas, or anywhere that is predictably hot starts laughing, Santa Barbara doesn’t, as a rule, have air conditioning in the houses. So the dogs and I are laying on the floor in 100+ degree temps (that’s 38C) trying not to melt. Our house is mostly concrete, so it stays cool for the first day, and if it cools off at night, we’re good. But if it doesn’t cool off at night, each consecutive day provides less relief.
All that said, hot temps and wool socks, yeah, no.
I’ve switched to embroidery a bit. I’m a terrible sketch artist, so I’ve been utilizing other people’s wonderful drawings. There’s a lot to be found on Pinterest.
I used Etsy to find that lovely woman with the skull. Alifera has a ton of really beautiful, unusual work!
And those succulents are from a larger drawing, and I grabbed my three favorite succulents.
I’m really enjoying some embroidery lately. The lightbox helps and takes some of the pain out of transferring fun patterns on to fabric. And this all one color flower display sits so well with me.
Even got my sister in on the action and she made a little, happy book. I’m thinking she needs to turn it in to a pillow or the pocket of a bag.
Since I run in to the problem of “what to do with what I art,” using embroidery as repair is one of my favorite ways to practice this craft.
The Edinburgh Yarn Fest had the coolest swag bags this year. Not that I went. 😦 It’s a bit of a hike from Santa Barbara.
Still, their bags were so cool that they were posted all over on-line! They had a yarn ball done up like an embroidery sampler!
A cool example here from Irene:
& here from Emma:
And my little knock-off version in progress.
I’ve been giving my “Skull barfing Flowers” embroidery a lot of love.
This was from March 18:
And this was March 23:
Sorry for the delay in updating! I really do try for a once a week update, but life, and well, a new hobby, have gotten in the way. On top of illness around the house, I’ve taken up embroidery for real!
I used some birthday money to purchase myself a kit from Lilipopo and it’s the cutest thing. I’m loving seeing it coming along. It’s very soothing. Although I’ve now hit the french knots and they are taking more work than I expected. But the backstitch is good. I’m focusing on making my stitch lengths a little more even.
I also have been doing a bit more reading. I’ve been coming across a few more really enticing books to review over at YA YA YA. The “Paper Magician,” pictured above, really captivated me for several days.
I started following a new podcast, this one comes from Malaysia! I love the international knitting community! And she’s hosting a “Bee” knit-a-long. I thought of a lot of different projects but kept dismissing them as things I didn’t *really* want to knit. And I finally came across a cross-craft project idea that worked for me.
Fringe Association is hosting Slow Fashion October
.With the notion of “mend and make-do” and repairing your own clothes, I pulled out my darning needle and some embroidery thread to repair some new and growing holes and threadbare spots on my favorite jeans. I also realized I need a small loop for next time.
Thanks to Maggie Chug & Georgie Pug for their modelling skills of my handiwork.