Thursday, 2 May 2013

Making do and mending in space and time

So, the Sewing Bee is over, and KCWC too. It's time start sewing again instead of just watching other people making things. The only problem is the mending pile. This is the dark side of sewing: it's so practical and useful that it can easily become a bit mundane.

Which is fine, but not especially relaxing, and not necessarily much fun.

Although sometimes the repairs can take on a life of their own...

Recently I've been hearing the term 'home sewing' to describe, well, home sewing, and I  like that way it encompasses what we do, whilst completely bypassing the question of why we do it. It avoids the whole issue of whether 'home sewing' is recreational or functional. Is it a utilitarian life skill, or an artistic endeavour or a self-contained hobby? It doesn't matter - 'home sewing' brings sewing into the same bracket as cooking or DIY: virtuous and necessary, but with the potential for enjoyment and perhaps a bit of quirkiness.

And it does make me happy when all the facets of home sewing come together in one uber-satisfying Who-themed knee patch.

Oh, and there's a reason why the boy has holes in his trousers. Here's how the Tardis looked the next day...

More mending is sure to follow.


  1. I have to giggle at that last picture...he certainly plays hard! Great job on the patches.:)

  2. Thanks, Cindy. His actual knees are looking quite well-worn also, poor thing!

  3. Love the patches - very cool
    I laughed at the last pic too :-)

  4. Haha, my daughter would absolutely LOVE it if I added a Tardis to her clothes; whether they needed it or not!

  5. Hmmm - I'm quite tempted to add a few more here and there...