Synopses & Reviews
Dont hide that patch, make it a bold, beautiful embellishment! Repair holes with bright thread and a creative darning stitch; revive a stained shirt with fun embroidery! In Mend It Better, popular craft blogger Kristin M. Roach puts a new spin on mending by adapting traditional techniques for todays crafty sewers. With detailed photography to show each step, she teaches a wide range of patching, darning, and repair stitches using both hand and machine sewing. The how-to text is accompanied by dozens of inspiring examples from Kristins own work and that of other craft bloggers and artisans. You'll love the innovative solutions using appliqués, patches, brightly colored accents, and intricate lace details. With Mend It Better, every garment and fabric repair is a chance for self-expression and fabulous creations.
“Kudos to Kristin Roach and her contributors for making mending cool. This book offers just the right mix of practical instruction and creative inspiration to motivate readers to repair their well-worn, favorite garments. Let's stitch!” Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, CraftSanity
"I used to put my mending tasks off as long as possible, but this book has changed my ways. Kristin not only shows you how to repair all kinds of clothing, she shows you how to turn a repair into a beautiful creative detail that makes a garment like new again. The next time my favorite shirt or sweater has a mishap, I'll be ready to work some magic!" Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod.com
“Kristin Roach is a creative mastermind when it comes to celebrating crafty leftovers. In her new book Mend It Better, she doesn't only offer clever ideas for repairs, but they each come with an impressive designer twist!” Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of CraftyChica.com and author of Waking Up in the Land of Glitter
Craft blogger Roach's first book is an excellent addition to any sewer's collection. Instead of presenting another plethora of patterns, she seeks to empower her readers by teaching the skills they'll need to mend nearly any piece of clothing, from ripped buttonholes to torn hems. While there's no substitute for learning in person, the publisher and author should be commended on creating a book with excellent, clear photographs that show, step by step, how to complete basic repairs. The chapter Stitch Smarts, which covers everything from the blind hem stitch to the little-known prick stitch, is particularly outstanding. Roach also presents a few patterns, most from other crafters, that provide inspiration towards more mending, less discarding of torn clothing. With the exception of the odd placement of two projects before instructions on the stitches required to make them, the book unfolds in an accessible manner; great layout (and lovely photos) provide eye candy. This is the rare sewing book that will be pulled off the shelf for reference again and again. Full color photos and illustrations, 13 patterns.
Mending is one of the more unglamorous handwork tasks — many consider repairing holes in garments to be drudgery. Craft blogger Roach aims to change that view with her first book, a collection of instructions and simple projects intended to make mending fun. The projects have a definite "hipster handmade" feel, but the instructions, which include everything from sewing on buttons and repairing zippers to repairing snags and pulls in knitwear, are useful to a variety of audiences. VERDICT This is a clever take on a subject that, while commonplace, is not covered in most sewing books. Library Journal
Welcome to the new face of mending Don't hide patches -- make them into bold, beautiful embellishments. Repair holes with colorful thread and a creative darning stitch, or use fun embroidery to bring new life to a stained shirt. With detailed step-by-step photography, Kristin Roach teaches you a wide range of patching, darning, and repair stitches using both hand and machine sewing. Revive your wardrobe with these traditional mending techniques to make worn-out clothing not just wearable, but better than ever.
Wear Your Patches with Pride
Patch, hem, and darn new life into your torn and tired clothing. Kristin Roach's creative techniques, along with original mending ideas from guest crafters, will inspire you to adjust your hemlines, play with creative stitches, add pops of color with vintage buttons, apply boldly patterned patches, and so much more. Simple step-by-step instructions and basic sewing supplies are all you need to make your worn clothing better than ever. You'll love the fun and frugality of upcycling!
About the Author
Kristin M. Roach graduated with a BFA in painting in 2008 and is currently teaching art classes, organizing community art programs, and inspiring others to live life creatively with her website CraftLeftovers.com. She has been published in Interweave Knits, KnitScene, Craft, Make
, and was a contributing designer in Button it Up
by Susan Beal. Her work will be included in the upcoming Best of Knitscene
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Mending, Then and Now
Chapter 2: Mending Tool Kit
Chapter 3: Stitch Smarts
Chapter 4: Patchwork
Chapter 5: Surface Fixes
Chapter 6: Seam Fixes
Chapter 7: Straight Hems
Chapter 8: Around the Waist
Chapter 9: Darning
Chapter 10: Fasteners and Closures
Chapter 11: Zippers
Chapter 12: Getting Fancy
Chapter 13: Decorative Accents
Chapter 14: Care and Prevention