I officially love darning! It was so much fun darning this jumper and without a doubt saved it from going to landfill. There are 14 darned patches altogether. I used sock wool, some of which was variegated and for other patches I used a different colour for the warp and the weft.
When I showed someone the jumper recently, they had a confused look on their face and asked "Why?"
I know it may seem strange but that sense of achievement when you have mended something, breathed new life into an item of clothing, learnt a new skill, mindfully fixed something by hand, is exhilarating. Of course, it takes effort and time. It would be more convenient and quicker to just go to the shop to buy a new one. But by mending a garment we are combatting fashion waste, diverting textiles from landfill, slowing down consumption, being environmentally conscious and creating a unique, personalised garment.
Our grandmothers would mend clothes out of necessity. Families had a limited amount of clothes because they were not as readily available, often home made and were expensive. People looked after their clothes and kept wearing them until they wore out and then they patched them so they could wear them some more.
Today clothes are cheap, easily accessible and as a result we have lost the need and desire to look after and appreciate our clothes. We have also lost the skills to mend our clothes. Why do people need to bother? Not because of necessity but because we need to look after our planet. It is our responsibility.
Hello! My name is Margy. I enjoy living simply, I am trying to slow down and I am learning how to be still. I would love you to join me on this exciting adventure.