I finished mending the soles of my wool tights a few weeks ago, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. The added fabric does thicken them slightly, but I barely feel it when worn, and it's relatively discreet.
Wool tight season is gradually coming to an end, so I can finally address all the other areas that are thinning out on these, but which weren't so urgent. Looking forward to it. ;)
There's something really satisfying about sewing up something truly useful, while using up leftovers. I've just finished these washing mitts, and I'm very excited about these. I'm quite looking forward to using them on a daily basis.
I wasn't sure how to call them in English though, as washcloths seem to be more popular. I suppose it's more of a French thing? They're ubiquitous here, though they're usually just rectangular. ;)
Fabric: quilted cotton knit and toweling fabric from @wefiletik
Pattern from the book 'Créations Zéro Déchet' by @lilacam .
I finished my Siv socks, finally! This project had been lingering since June, and not because I had given up on it or because I had other projects, all the contrary. I haven't shared it here yet, but I've been suffering from wrist and hand pain for about a year now, which has drastically reduced my ability to knit, among other things. I've been working on these socks in tiny bursts here and and there with long periods of rests in between. So, the fact that I managed to finish this project at all is quite a victory!
Yarn: Exmoor sock yarn by @johnarbontextiles, bought from @lainedesiles.
Pattern: Siv socks by Heidi Alander, from @laine_magazine, issue 1.
I finished stitching my new phone case and it was quite fun! I found some leather that I bought ages thinking it could come in useful and it did. It was my first time stitching leather and it was an interesting learning experience. You have to think quite differently.
I wanted to take in progress shots, but I had way too much fun stitching to put it down even for a photo. ;)
Pattern: self-drafted based on a store-bought case.
Fabrics: leather, @cottonandsteel lining and french terry scraps as light padding. The plastic structure and magnets come from a store-bought case.
Time to do a bit more mending on my hardworking wool tights. It's been hard to find the right time as I wear them almost constantly in winter.
This is my mending toolkit. I'm quite fond of my yellow darning egg. I don't know where it comes from precisely. I found it lying around, unused, in my parents' house, but it's definitely not new and I can't help thinking of the able hands that used it before me. ;)
A bit of a different post today. It took me a while to realise that the state of my iPhone case was beyond acceptable. Today for some reason, I finally decided to notice the unsightly tears and figured I could actually do something about it. I don't really want to buy a new case if I can avoid it, because I know it'll probably end up in the same state in 6 months' time. So, I'm taking the one I have apart and seeing what I can reuse: basically all the structure. I'm off to look at my fabrics now for the rest of the proceedings. Hopefully, it works out! If it doesn't, what have I lost?
This project turned out a bit differently than I meant, but I'm all the more in love with it. This little pouch is the perfect size for my circular knitting needles! I carry it around with me everywhere just so I can admire it at regular intervals. It's extra special because it contains scraps from each of the woven garment I've made since I started sewing clothes about two years ago, all linked together by sashiko stitching. ;)
Yesterday, I waxed fabric for the first time. I'd been wanting to try it for ages. It's not complicated. In essence, you're just melting wax into fabric (I did it in the oven), but I'm absolutely fascinated by the texture it creates. I can see this has so much potential for daily uses. I just need to wrap my head around it.
Fabric: organic cotton from @wefiletik.
Instructions from the French book 'Créations Zéro Déchet' by @lilacam (you can also easily find instructions online).
I'm new to mending, and although it is a very down-to-earth, practical activity, it has put me in a very contemplative mood, especially since in our current society, it's not strictly necessary. I can't help asking myself why I'm doing it at all.
I get really attached to my clothes and wear some of them a very long time. I always have. When the first signs of wear and tear appear, I'm always sad and a bit surprised. I forget that clothes age, just like we do, and that wearing them day after day means that I'm literally slowly wearing them out.
When I first noticed signs of wear in my favourite wool tights, I didn't want to throw them out or worse let the holes appear and wear them anyway (as I have done too many times before). I improvised a mend with some sewing thread (you can see it on my left foot) which lasted a few months, but is now showing its limits. I recently noticed that the sole had also worn really thin in some places. I was at first discouraged, and thought my faithful tights had finally come to the end of their usefulness after two winters of almost constant wear. Then I remembered the sashiko stitching I did on my pair of pyjamas a little way back. I knew a woven patch wouldn't work, but why not a thin jersey patch held on by some buttonhole stitch and sashiko stitching? So that's what I did on the right foot. It took me a few tries to get the right threads to make it both comfortable and functional, but it seems to be working quite well so far. I'm ready to get started on the left foot as well.
The more I think about mending, the more I'm intrigued by it. You can't help but become even more attached to a garment you lovingly repair. It's not bringing it back to its original new state, but imbuing it with new meaning and making it evolve alongside you. I'm looking forward to seeing how my mends evolve in time and thinking of new ways to keep my favourite garments as long as possible with me, even if I know I'm only pushing back the inevitable.
I'm making more reusable sanitary pads for daily wear. I wasn't necessarily planning on sharing, but these colours are too lovely not to! Those are only the wings, as I haven't assembled the rest yet. I've had loads of fun planning and piecing the smallest scraps to make my fabric leftovers go the furthest possible. I'm pretty happy with the result as I was working with quite small pieces that I wouldn't have known what else to do with! And there's practically nothing left. ;)
Fabric: organic cotton double gauze by and from @amandinechadessolier; I got the pink from @wefiletik.
These are the weaving samples I made months ago when I was deciding what kind of design I wanted for my handspun scarf. I went for a completely different design in the end and a looser weave, but I'd quite like to make those two one day too.
I love making weaving samples. They may take a while to do, because you need to prep the loom the exact same way than for a real project, but I find them so freeing. You can experiment and see your ideas come to life. They may not always look the way you intended, but that's fine, you often make unexpected discoveries as well. ;)