Spot the mend

Darning, a once detested job for me, has become quite enjoyable, especially when it comes to mending hand-knitted socks. Recently, however, I was presented with a rather different prospect.

We have a muslin curtain to provide some privacy in our living room and when I was washing this a few weeks ago I managed to tear it. It’s not really surprising, I made this particular curtain about 15 years ago, so it has been exposed to a lot of UV and the fibres were bound to start breaking down sooner or later. Nevertheless, I was reluctant to abandon it just yet and considered a couple of options. First, I thought about cutting the torn strip out and joining the two halves back together, The fabric is wide enough to do this, but it would have left a very obvious seam down the middle and I would have had to fiddle about with the top where there is a channel for the rod to go through. I dismissed this plan. My alternative was to try some sort of darn, using fine thread. It wasn’t going to be possible to make this invisible, but I didn’t want a big bold mend either. I, therefore, chose some pale cotton thread and set to with my needle:

It turns out that I achieved an almost invisible mend, unintentionally. What do you think?

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  1. Pretty good, I’d say! The trick with a mend like that is always not to overlap too much, and I think you’ve achieved an excellent result. It’s not as if the mend is going to be subject to lots of lateral pressure, so it should certainly last well.

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  2. Shirley

     /  January 10, 2019

    Well done what a great result

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  3. Looks good to me, I seem to have had a lot of cushion covers to fix recently. A Suffolk puff was coming off one last week. Two minutes work to get it back on. Stitch in time etc..

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    • Sometimes my problem is actually motivating myself to start… once I get going the mend is often relatively enjoyable.

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      • Patricia Collins

         /  January 10, 2019

        Agree. Found myself sewing on some buttons yesterday. It was a job that had hung around for weeks. Then, while in the mending mood I fixed my straw waste paper basket that, thanks to the dog, was beginning to unravel. so satisfying when the mood strikes.

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  4. I like it! The mend and the texture of the fabric almost looks intentional and creates a neat crackling appearance.

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  5. Invisible mend indeed, and the pleasure of knowing that it will last quite a while longer. I having to mend our doona covers lately. They are wearing at the top, but the rest is perfectly fine. They are bulky to sew, but we should get a lot more wear out of them.

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  6. Good for you. It’s entirely invisible in the window and I liked seeing the close-up.

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  7. Very impressive result!

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