Mending the elbows in my flannel pajamas this morning. I slid a book in the sleeve. chose a thick soft cloth to back the hole, and noticed how I could follow the woven pattern to align the mending. I basted it in place pretty much. I will stitch in both directions using a slit back stitch and sort of reconstruct the pattern. Not that I need to do that but it is helping me align the threads which will put less stress on the garment, let it keep its shape.
To Mend is so many things.