Modern Mending is a great book for both beginners and seasoned menders. The instructions are clear with a playful tone. The balance of instruction and examples is perfect.
I bought Modern Mending for Kindle. It is wonderful, yet I needed the book to leave open at a page while my hands are free to mend. I also bought a few on the mending supplies and look how gorgeously they were sent to me! Erin: Thank you for the information (the book and ebook are highly informative with further references. They are also inspiring and beautiful!) and care in your package. I will be passing the book and knowledge forwards.
What a beautiful book, it covers every type of mending imaginable & more. A great resource to help slow the amount of clothing & textiles which are ending up in landfill due to damage or wear & tear. This stuff should be taught in schools. Well done Erin.
After I purchased this great book for myself I have now purchased it as it as a gift for a friend who will use and treasure it. Such an important book to help with rethinking clothes and how they can be repaired and reused with style and whimsy!
We hold repair cafes where volunteer menders of different ages come together to help people repair their textiles, assisting on the repair and teaching them the skills to do it themselves. This book has been so helpful. Volunteers have learnt new skills, it is great for cute mending ideas, and is a great book to teach others from. Get it, keep it, lend it. Treat it well so it can get used by multiple generations. Throw it away? No way! Fix it at a repair cafe.
Modern Mending the book: bigger, better and with a new low price
I purchased a large quantity of books at a discount, and I'm passing on the savings to you.
The Australian second edition of Modern Mending 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 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.
If your local bookshop or library doesn't yet stock Modern Mending, you can ask them to order it in.
For wholesale inquiries, please contact the publisher of the relevant edition.
Australian second edition
published by Affirm Press
published by Search Press
German edition (Geschickt Geflickt)
published by Stiebner Verlag
Holiday update + shop closures
14 December 2023 (5pm AEDT):
Last orders for Christmas delivery in Australia
HOLIDAY BREAK: 14 December (5pm AEDT) to 2 January
Orders placed during this time will ship on 5 January.
10 January 2024 (5pm AEDT):
Last chance to order before the big break
BIG BREAK: 10 January (5pm AEDT) to late February / early March 2024 (tbc)
This shop will shut for at least six weeks (no purchases can be made during this time).
Read on for details...
HOLIDAY BREAK (December 2023)
2023 orders close at 5pm on 14 December, and I’m planning to be back at work on 3 January. During the holiday break you will be able to place orders as usual, but postal orders will not ship until 5 January. Gift vouchers will be available for purchase 24/7 and delivered automagically by email.
BIG BREAK (January/February 2024)
It’s time for the ELF herself to check in for repairs! I’m having major surgery and will need at least six weeks of recovery time, with lots of rest and no heavy lifting (including shop orders).
After 5pm on 10 January I will disable the shop checkout; you will be able to browse but not purchase anything (including gift vouchers) until the shop reopens in late February or early March – once I've made a full recovery. Mailing-list subscribers will be notified when the shop reopens.
This shop dispatches orders once a week so I can do alllll the things – including running this shop and running after two tiny tots – and enjoy my life. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
Place your order by 5pm Thursday Melbourne time (AEDT/AEST) for dispatch by Monday.
(NOTE: I drop off most orders at my local post office on Fridays, but I'm told they don't physically leave the post office and start making their way to you until Monday.)
I ship via Australia Post because it’s reliable, trackable and carbon-neutral.
If you select Express Post at checkout, it will speed up Australia Post's delivery timeframe but won't speed up my process.
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Shipping is currently a flat rate of $12 within Australia ($17 Express Post); international shipping is calculated at checkout. Gift cards are delivered electronically and do not require shipping.
I ship worldwide with the exception of the UK, due to VAT regulations that came into effect on 1 January 2021. If you are in the UK you can order the UK edition of my book from your local bookshop.
Customers in Northcote, Thornbury and nearby suburbs (subject to capacity) can select local delivery at checkout. Local delivery is extra-slow and coincides with my pram-walking/kid-wrangling schedule, up to one week after purchase. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
I choose to reuse
When shipping orders my first priority is to reuse packaging materials whenever possible – boxes, padded mailers, cardboard, paper, tissue paper, bubble wrap and egg cartons from neighbours, second-hand shops and recycling centres. I cannot guarantee the materials used to ship your order will be plastic-free for this reason.
My tags and labels are stamped by hand onto compostable paper tape or preloved cardboard packaging.
I buy recycled packaging
If I don’t have suitable second-hand packaging to use for your order, my next priority is packaging made from recycled materials. It's important to me to support Australian companies making good products from our recyclables, and to make sure that material gets a second life.
I use compostable, gummed kraft-paper tape to seal my parcels whenever possible. I have a second-hand tape wetter that I love, purchased from my local op shop. Gummed paper tape is available at most art-supply shops if you want to make the switch yourself!
Express Post orders will have official plastic "Express Post" tape added.
International orders with many items will have a plastic pocket taped to them, to accommodate additional paperwork required by customs.
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