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(¬ -̮ ¬) Nº209 A Stitch in Time Saves Nine 🧵⌛

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(¬ -̮ ¬) Nº209 A Stitch in Time Saves Nine 🧵⌛
By Jon Woodroof • Issue #209 • View online
The phrase “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” basically means it’s better to solve a problem right away and prevent it from becoming a much bigger one. According to the BBC, the first recorded use of the phrase was in a book way back in 1723 and it’s a sewing reference.
The idea is that sewing up a small rip with one stitch means the tear is less likely to get bigger, and maybe require more (9? 😅) stitches later on.
I’ve always enjoyed stitching garments and other things to avoid bigger rips later but also to avoid tossing out torn belongings. I’ve long found it cool to wear your repair.
Initiatives like Patagonia’s Worn Wear program and Tom Van Deijnen‘s work to promote #visiblemending both help to really popularise clothes repair.
The #wearyourrepair link above goes to an FT article about the Visible Mending trend and also mentions Japanese textile artist Hikaru Noguchi. Noguchi also recently published: Darning: Repair, Make, Mend. These twelve darning techniques are covered in detail in her book:
  1. seed stitching: Seed stitches resemble seeds scattered random length and direction over an area. Like this.
  2. square darning: a classic way to repair moth holes like this.
  3. reversible darns: It is used on fabrics that are used on both sides, like towels and napkins. like this
  4. seed and square darn: as the name implies, a 1 & 2 combo
  5. triangular darns: for repairing the tears caught on a sharp object (like a nail, sharp corner, etc.) Like Section 5 here.
  6. english darning: A counted thread stitch in blocks in either horizontal or vertical rows like this.
  7. accordion darning: this one is pretty wild! Couldn’t find much more info about it.
  8. appliqué is ornamental needlework. Used for repair, it looks like this.
  9. reverse appliqué is a needlework technique whereby several layers of cloth are placed on top of each other and shapes are cut out in layers of decreasing size. It looks great!
  10. chain darning looks particularly tough! Check out this example.
  11. honeycomb darning a very decorative variation of blanket stitch that takes the form of a honeycomb. It can be used as a filling stitch. Some examples from Hikaru herself here.
  12. decorative tambourine darning: best illustrated with an excerpt from her book from which this list was taken.
Ironic that I’m engrossed in repairs as some really big news is coming from the USA. No doubt that the USA has some serious 'visible mending’ to do in the coming weeks, months and years. But like my friend Joachim just said to me, its “far from over. But there’s hope again”.
So, hopefully, this issue sparks a motivation to, not only with textiles, but also with other problems, remedy rips and tears right away to avoid encountering much bigger ones later.
as always, thank you for reading,
Header image this week of Twotone colleagues Coline & Paul at lunch.
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