It seems proper that I am reviewing Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning, and Stitching by Kristin Roach, after returning from a week-long heart-mending adventurein Death Valley.
Kristin asked me to contribute to this book after seeing my post on The Unpredictable Geography of Mending. I was very pleased that they included my article and tutorial, particularly because my focus was on the spiritual aspect of "Mending As Devotion." Here's a taste of what I wrote:
I believe in creatively mending clothing because it connects me to a deeper desire to care for, repair, and tend to the worn-out places within myself and in my relationships with others. Mending for me is an act of devotion that nourishes my sense of personal agency.
With 223 pages Mend It Better explodes with historical, practical, technical information and creative inspiration for darning, seam fixes, hems, waistlines, zippers, patchwork and decorative accents. It has a soft, inviting, cozy feel to it. It's a very approachable and comprehensive guide for taking care of your clothes. Ultimately it is a book about love and empowerment. Kristin writes:
Mending can be technical, but it cal also bring new life to old clothing. A creative bit of stitching and reshaping can make a dress that was banished to the back of the closet shine again... I have included all the information and instructions you need to repair your clothing and the clothing of those you love.
This book is a beautiful and thoughtful publication by Storey Publishing, visit the Mend It Better website for more sneak previews!
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