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Modern Mending

4.90  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Bring new life to your old clothes and fabrics with this fun, easy-to-follow guide to modern mending.

Australia sends millions of tonnes of clothing to landfill each year and our clothing consumption is among the highest in the world. But mending is trending and its never been easier to repair and reinvent your favourite clothes.

Inspired by the global slow fashion movement,
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Affirm Press
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Elizabeth M
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This comprehensive guide to mending your clothes combines practical know-how with whimsical creativity. There is a light-hearted, creative vibe flowing through this book; mending can be artistic, stylish, maybe quirky, and add to a garments charm.
Mending Techniques occupy most of this book: stitching, patching, darning, felting, visible and invisible mends, by hand and machine mends, fixing knits and fixing zips. Unique to mending books (that I know of), the reverse side of the mends are
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really great contemporary book on clothes repair using a variety of techniques including Swiss darning, sashiko and needle felting. Includes tips from experts and honest advice about pros and cons of different techniques. The illustrations are really clear and the advice (including what to do when things go wrong, and when to take on projects) very practical. This book also has lots of personable tips that you won't get elsewhere - for example you should make a pot and not a cup of tea when you ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. It is beautiful, clear and full of excellent technique and examples. It is both inspiring and practical, as well as helping keep things from landfill by making them better than before. Really keen to get cracking on actually mending after reading this book.
Bridget B
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Modern Mending is amazing! A great how to guidebook full of creative mending techniques and approaches with something for novice menders as well as mender extraordinaires, from basic darning techniques to needle felting and sashiko stitching. One of the best sustainable fashion books out there that not only provides step by step instructions, but essential tips like having a pot of tea on hand for every mending session and useful guidance on how to measure the ideal length of thread (one of my ...more
Jacqueline Cleverley
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful to look at and written so well, you'll wish you had a pile of mending. Imaginative, yet straight-forward, with illustrations worthy of a picture frame. I was overjoyed to find a hole in a jumper having bought this book. Erin shows us the thrill and pleasure in wearing clothes that will last longer because of her creative ideas. You don't need to be a seamstress - this book will guide you in a light-hearted way through the process of improving your favourite clothes rather than sending ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was a great and informative read. It was full of great ideas! With easy to understand instructions of basic and more complex mending techniques. Erin gives really clear instructions for the mending process and stresses the importance of why mending is important and how vital a cuppa is to the mending process. Loved this and can't wait to reference as I mend.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource and a joy to read, especially for a complete beginner like myself.

Made a lot of repair and sewing methods really clear and is full of examples and inspiring ideas.

I love that the book recommends starting on tea towels, because, after failing to find any that needed repair, I'm now practicing on the dog covers and blankets.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pure mending porn. This is a beautifully presented book filled with practical advice, clear instructions for even the novice mender, all in an inspirational and often quirky approach. Highly recommended.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It has very practical, easy to follow techniques, and some great ideas that are sure to inspire more great mends. I also love that she recommends making a cup of tea before each project. That is my kind of book!
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Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald is Australias leading clothes-mending practitioner. Her mending has been displayed in art exhibitions in Melbourne and Adelaide and she teaches workshops across Australia. Erin began her career in journalism at 15 and over two decades worked as an editor, sub-editor, writer, and photographer.

After leaving journalism she founded Bright Sparks, a social enterprise that repaired

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