please mend me
The title should have read “mending”, really, but as my work hasn’t followed any manual or good practices, I opted for a more humble word.
I am a supporter of repair & reuse: I like the idea that it’s not always necessary to produce new things; often it’s possible to give old items a new life. This is good on many fronts – the environment, the purse and one own creativity. So I have been buying old things with the aim of making something out of them. I’m sure there is some hoarding aspect in this behaviour of mine, but that’s another story…
Today I made a start on repairing a very nice blanket acquired recently for a couple of pounds (a tiny fraction of its new price). It’s a British made all wool throw, made by Burkraft. Beside a thorough wash, it needed a good mending.
Burkraft, Dress Stewart, all wool, British made wool
The colour scheme is very pretty – it contains most of my favourite colours, plus I love tartans. With regard to the tartan, this is the “Dress Stewart”. A bit of research brought to light that the Dress Stewart is one of the royal tartans (source: Scottish Tartans Authority, Royal Tartans):
STEWART DRESS – The Dress version of Royal Stewart with the predominant red squares replaced by white. Worn by the female members of the Royal family often for evening occasions but also worn for Dress occasions by HRH Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Edward.
The yarn used for the mending is 100% pure wool and although I’m not certain, I believe that it is produced in the UK. It comes from a large cone bought from a UK yarn producer.
…and the pure wool mending yarn
one of the holes, it’s huge
The repair took quite some time, in fact it’s not yet fully done, but you’ll get the idea from these pics:
The first big hole…
A cluster of minor repairs
Mending the colour part…
the dark mending still to be done.
The Black Hole…
…work in progress…
As you can see from the photos, the results are not to a professional level [***]. Perhaps I should have consulted books from my reference library…. 🙂
Weldons Encyclopedia of Needlework (1940)
With the same great yarn, I also mended some minor spots in a wool cardigan bought (not really cheap) from a local charity shop. I forgot to take a proper photo of the cardi, but here below you can see it while taking a bath 🙂
Cardigan taking a bath before mending and reuse
and while I’m at it, here is a gratuitous snap of the sheep skin hat (£1 second hand), also enjoying a bit of soaking in the bubbly bath…
I sense that I have a crash on natural shades at the moment, it must be the sheep influence… baaaaa
farm tin, note the ♡ sheep ♡
It’s getting late, the update on the knitting WIPs will have to go in the next one.
Sweet dreams xx
[***] surfing the net, I came across this UK based company who provides professional mending services: British Invisible Mending. If anyone is in the look for repairing a special item, they may be an option to consider. I think they also do mail orders for those who can’t visit their premises. (Small print: as usual, it’s not an ad and I take no commission out of this!)