I have always loved the ideas of restoring and recycling loved pieces of clothing and when I discovered Visible Mending it inspired me again. Here us hubby’s loved jumper which had a hole and frayed around the collar. Dodgy photos, but pleased with the result. Thanks Erin, your book is very helpful.
Laine Saint-Pierre mending wool from Sajou in France is lovely stuff - ideal for darning socks and other thin to medium-weight knitwear, and for embroidery.
It has four thin strands (similar to embroidery thread) and is made from a blend of wool and nylon (similar to sock yarn) for added strength. You can also combine it with sock yarn when knitting socks to reinforce heels and toes.
The threads are smooth, soft, matte and colourfast and wash well. Use one or more strands depending on the thickness of the garment you're mending.
Note: the sock pictured here and worn by me in Modern Mending the book was darned using all four strands of Laine Saint-Pierre in colour 506 cherry on a Speedweve darning loom. If you're creating a woven darn with multiple strands without a Speedweve, I recommend weaving with the eye of your needle to prevent weaving through the wrong threads and getting lost in a darning maze. Or try a non-woven darn, such as honeycomb darning.
Each discovery assortment contains 12 cards of mending wool with 10m of each colour; choose from vintage, modern, spring or autumn colours.
- assortment 1 (vintage) colours: 218, 360, 450, 484, 596, 615, 618, 645, 690, 762, 835, 945
- assortment 2 (modern) colours: 305, 310, 387, 534, 538, 586, 605, 626, 740, 785, 800, 868
- assortment 3 (spring) colours: 100, 327, 380, 414, 444, 555, 602, 603, 700, 722, 746, 802
- assortment 4 (autumn) colours: 377, 422, 435, 456, 492, 536, 542, 696, 731, 843, 878, 916
Made in France from 50% wool / 50% polyamide, wound onto cardstock and packaged in a sturdy cardboard Laine Saint-Pierre storage box.
For a special, locally made mending yarn, try Mend it - limited-edition upcycled mending yarn.
If you’re darning cotton or other plant-based fibres, try Scanfil cotton mending yarn or Cottage Garden Threads embroidery thread.
For a thicker mending yarn that doesn't separate into strands, try Scanfil mending wool.
For an even thicker option if you need to darn chunky, hand-knit clothing, I recommend using knitting yarn instead (not available here; ask your knitter friends for scraps or support your local yarn shop!).Want to see how it’s done? Modern Mending the book includes 32 pages of darning instructions and 18 pages of hand-stitching instructions, with photographs and illustrated diagrams.
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