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.
I’m in the matrix again…. Pajamas have been on my mind, to get a “pair” I mean. A snuggly, soft set, top and bottoms. I can’t remember the last time I had a pair. Sounds odd huh? My neighbor came out in her pajamas the other day and it just struck me, now you go and mention them.
I had no idea you could grow ginger from ginger in the store! You always give me something to think about.
I do often wear them all day!
yeah, I actually had a piece begin to sprout, which made me research a little bit. Rhizomes, endless.
it has slowly dawned on me how very different all manner of cloth is compared to 40-50 years ago … the good news is that it’s easier to find all-natural fibers, but the weave and printing make many of them so not-needle-friendly … even plain muslin can be a bitch to stitch
would love to learn more about real flannel versus ersatz …
cloth stories are welling up in me.
Marilee loved your remembering mending socks by using a lightbulb. My sewing box still has a nice, small, pink one. How could I repair the socks without it! My mother didn’t even sew, but she taught me that. Thanks, Mom.
And thanks Jude for all the mothering you give and share day after day, year after year……
mothering is a warm thought so thank you.
Great looking blues! Love good old flannel, before fire retatardant stuff, make it cheap feeling. Please show us the mend. I’m curious. xo
yeah flannel mostly isn’t flannel anymore.
Those overdyed threads are lovely.
A blue relief
the pattern giving directions to the mending
mending into a new weave
It brings me tk a feeling of weaving and I really need that.
How do I mend a soul?
love sending to all, I want to sprinkle only LOVE over the whole world.
that question seems a good beginning.
Thanks Jude, it would be a good starting point.
I’m old enough that I remember my mother teaching me how to mend my socks using a lightbulb to support the sock while I stitched. Of course, with the “new” lightbulbs that would never work.
I also remember having a pair of “pedal pushers” out of that plaid.
Boy, have I aged myself today. LOL.
ha, good point!
The only plaid I love, a classic.
The indigo embroidered thread are delicious!! My friend Betty and I like to do our mending together. It’s even more fun to chat away and go home with my mending completed. 🧵
conversation is a bit like mending to me, patching gaps and strengthening connection
Mending …. making our way through life….
Even the beyond-beautiful overdyeing seems a kind of mending
Yes, design mending
love pijama mending! and all you do
and I drink ginger lemon tea every day…. I didn’t know much about the plant. Thanks
Love those threads!!!🧵
Love the mending & your posts❣️❣️❣️
yeah me too, i doubt I will get lemons on my tree unless I put more skylights, and probably not.
Slowly mending holes and things…..feels so very whole….
A peaceful,satisfied feeling…
like a cat having licked the cream!
The ginger stalks/stems make a really nice broth. I need to start some again, mine didn’t make it through last winter. I think I let it dry out too much. Mending… I hope that all the interest in it lasts.
yeah, the ginger did really well, it is hard to keep things going inside, the wood burning makes it very dry but we’ll see.
there is so much broken, mending has to become a way of life…
I hate when I type something and then it disappears almost like fast fashion which was what my comments were. Give me quality and I’ll repair it’s how I was brought up.
i learn how things are made
I’ve learned to love (some) mending, especially my well-worn pjs.
i do love to repair, it brings new form.
finally some heat relief. i love the fall . when I was younger i enjoyed the shortening of the days but as I grow older wish it were light longer.have a great weekend
You live a very simple and beautiful life, Jude, taking pleasure in the small (but really, not so small) things. I love your over-dyeing. While you mend, I’m about to purposely “create” a tear in a sampler I am stitching, a visual ode to the Indians of the Northeast…
a simple life ain’t that simple, ha.
yes, this fall is a big relief. I don’t mind the shorter days. There are quilts!
I recently discovered “creative” mending and now I think twice about tossing or donating clothing items, especially for those tried and true items that are a “part of me” and I have loved…like cozy pajamas!
i haven’t bought anything new in 10 years!
To mend or not to mend … that is the question (LOL).
In this pajama case (flannel), definitely keepers. The older they get, the softer they get. Love flannel and love your stitching/mending plan.
these are a bit beyond soft, so we’ll see, ha!
Those overdyed threads are just grand.
I’m procrastinating about mending…don’t know why.
Wet and stormy here.
I was in the mood today, maybe my elbows were cold.