My first time visible mending

My first time visible mending

Years ago, a friend of mine told me she had to run some errands. One of which was going to the cobbler. She had a pair of Italian leather boots that she adored since pre-college and she wasn’t about to part with them, even if they were losing their soles.

Overall, I think I’m heading in this direction—investing in high quality pieces and fixing them when they become well-worn, but I have to admit at the time she told me this, I had never once thought about taking a pair of my shoes to be fixed.

But in the spirit of acting on my newfound values, I decided to take a quick class in the art of visible mending and pick up a couple of darning needles from my local craft store.

My practice piece: an old pair of Levi’s that developed a hole at the seam of the back pocket.

This past week though, I decided to move on to bigger things and took to a knee rip in my husband’s jeans, patched with remnants of an old pair of work Dickies.

They’re not perfect… but they ARE wearable. And I think that’s kinda the point.

The Pinterest-curated inspo:


P.S. Shout out to local-to-me mending company Old Flame Mending. Their tagline is “We’ll fix anything but a broken heart” and I’m obsessed with it. 💔

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