This compact book is a goldmine of mending and camouflaging ideas and techniques. If you need to extend a hem, cover a hole, shorten a sleeve, replace a zipper, this is the book for you. With the economy being what it is, I think we are all trying to get more out of each dollar. That includes clothing. Keeping clothing fresh and in good repair requires more than just ironing on a patch. We just might want to add a bit of pizzazz with those patches.
This book has so many ideas that you’ll find it invaluable. For the crocheter, there are (finally) options for using crochet in mending and camouflaging. Have a pair of jeans with a hole in the derriere? Sprinkle a few well placed teeny doily-like motifs. Worn a hole in the heel of your favorite wool socks? Use your hook and some matching or contrasting yarn to make them wearable again. There’s even a good explanation of how to use your crochet hook to repair a snag.
Along with other repair techniques, it’s nice to see crochet used in such inventive ways. What cute pair of sweats on your toddler would not be cuter with the addition of a tiny crochet motif on that patch? You’ll find the technique for adding ‘frogs’ and toggles to your crocheted sweaters in this book. This is a keeper!
Mend It Better, Creative Patching, Darning, and Stitching by Kristin M. Roach
Storey Publishing, February, 2012
Full color photos and illustrations over 224 pages
Padded hardcover, 7″by 8″ book
List Price $18.95 USD
By jd wolfe
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- Custom Crocheted Sweaters – Make Garments That Really Fit