Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Wednesday is mending day...............
Wednesday is mending day in my house. I like mending for a lot of reasons, although when I mention that I do mend to some folks, their response is often one of incredulity."I don't bother..........waste of time.............I just buy another one........give it to the charity shop..........throw it away....." I find that sad in many ways.
I mend in order that an otherwise sound garment or article can continue to be used; I mend because I enjoy it; it saves money; it's less wasteful; I find it therapeutic; it's immensely satisfying to do; connects with the past - my grandparents and parents mended everything!
Clothes, buckets, furniture, kitchen utensils, zips - you name it, we try and mend it if we can - sides to middles on sheets and turning shirt collars too. Half the battle is buying the best quality that you can afford to begin with - as well as lasting and wearing better, these things are usually much more amenable to patching, mending and darning than cheaper items.If it's not repairable, another use is found for it if possible - only then will it go for recycling/to the tip.
Clothes are the prime candidate in this house usually. Today's mending list is two pairs of jeans - one actual mending, one just a new button required - one pair of knitted gloves needs darning, and two pairs of knitted socks; plus mending a collar on a friend's bought (expensive!) jumper that is unravelling, in exchange for a brace of pheasants - a good bit of barter!
It's a good job well done when the mended articles are returned to their owners, and I know that they live on to serve another while.
Ofcourse, if/while I have the machine up and running, I can always slip in a bit of sewing or quilting too..............
I found this photo to share as well:
Posted by MrsL at 08:27