Modern Mending book (signed copy)

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This shop is on a maternity break. Please support your local bookshop during this time! If they don't already sell Modern Mending, you can ask them to order it in (this also applies to libraries):

Australian second edition
published by Affirm Press
ISBN 9781925972290

UK/US editions
published by Search Press
ISBN 9781782219606

German edition (Geschickt Geflickt)
published by Stiebner Verlag
ISBN 9783830721048

Thank you kindly!


Modern Mending is bigger and better! The Australian second edition has 272 pages and the following new bits:

  • 32 extra pages (but 36 more in terms of content  we did some clever reorganising to fit in more tutorials!)
  • 'This goes with that', featuring nine common fabric types with actual-size photographs and descriptions of the best fabrics, yarns, threads, needles and techniques to mend them with
  • three new case studies (now 25 in total)
  • five new step-by-step tutorials:
    • Scotch and honeycomb darning (three methods + heaps of suggestions for variations)
    • secret patch (invisible)
    • patch for thin socks
  • a new shoe-mending inspiration section
  • an index! (with a section listing all the potentially invisible mending techniques and their page numbers)


In Australia, we send millions of tonnes of clothing to landfill each year, and our clothing consumption is one of the highest in the world. But the good news is that mending is trending and it’s never been easier to repair and reinvent your favourite clothes.

Modern Mending is a comprehensive guide to mending your own clothes that combines creativity, sustainability and fun. Inside you'll find:

  • Step-by-step instructions for a wide range of mending techniques, with full-colour process photographs, illustrated diagrams and troubleshooting tips
    • stitching (2 knot methods + 17 stitch methods)
    • patching (6 methods)
    • darning (8 methods)
    • needle felting (4 methods)
    • machine darning (2 methods)
    • 5 extra tutorials and sets of tips for buttons, snags, ladders, zippers and shoes
  • 25 case studies of mended garments, with the story behind each repair and the techniques and materials used
  • 10 sections full of mending guidance and motivation (I like to think of them as paper-based hugs)
    • Helpful Tips
    • Thoughts Before Mending
    • Playing Around with a Design
    • Tools of the Trade
    • Fabric 101
    • This Goes With That (common fabric types with actual-size photographs and descriptions of the best fabrics, yarns, threads, needles and techniques to mend them with)
    • Care: Prevention & Maintenance
    • Share the Love & Increase Your Impact
    • Should I Redo it?
    • Mending for Others & Valuing Your Time
    • Recommended Reading
  • 7 interviews with inspirational modern menders from around the world, with photographs of their work
  • 6 cups of tea
  • 3 amusing cat photos
  • 2 references to the Incredible Hulk
  • 1 zillion helpful tips

NOTE: This is a signed copy of the book; please specify in the comments at checkout if you would like the inscription to be addressed to a particular person. If you would prefer no signature, you can specify that, too.

Behind the scenes

Watch this video to see how I made the book, including my hands-free photography setup.