I am hard on my clothing. It’s just a fact I’ve had to accept about myself. Generally, it’s more a matter of my being a bit of a klutz than anything, but I also know the specific rage of wearing through the thighs in my favorite jeans or finding the occasional moth hole in a beloved sweater. Over the years, I’ve become familiar with mending, and lately, I’ve really gotten to appreciate the visible mending movement.
If you haven’t heard of visible mending before, it is exactly what it says! The mending I learned as a younger person really tried to make any repairs blend in to the garment, but visible mending celebrates repairs by making them stand out and become a design element on the garment. I think it is a wonderful thing to not only prolong the life of a garment, but to give it new life with new, unique touches! Pretty and practical.
But where does one start? I love embroidery, so to me that was a natural place to start, but I understand how intimidating it can be trying to decide on how to repair something so visibly, especially if you aren’t used to hand stitching. Enter the Wren Bird Arts Washable Mending Transfers!
These transfers are, honestly, brilliant. They make it so much easier to get into visible mending! No worrying about rulers and marking utensils and getting everything drawn just so or eyeballing it and hoping for the best. These transfers are a peel and stick stabilizer printed with a variety of designs for mending or embroidery (or both!). One simply needs to stitch over the printed lines and rinse to reveal a beautiful pattern and a gorgeously mended garment. To try out these new products, I decided to mend two different garments.
For the first project, I finally decided to fix a tear in one of my favorite shirts. I’d caught the sleeve of this double gauze blouse on a nail one day, and tore open the top layer only. I was so mad when it happened, but the moth transfers were a perfect fit for this repair!
To get started, I trimmed the loose bits off, to get a cleaner finish, and secured the fabric in an embroidery hoop.