Before the repair

Before repair

Before repair

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Tonight’s Jeans Repair

Tonight's Jeans Repair

Close up of hole with tacking thread and repair done with a good matching thread; Gutermann 9310. I’m guessing that since it’s a 100% cotton thread rather than polyester, I get a subtler shade of pale denim blue. I’ll have to check up on dyeing absorbency one quiet night!

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Finnish Darning – Visible Mending Style!

Finnish Darning - Visible Mending Style!

I’ve finally got this photo up of my first attempt at darning. Completely inspired by TomofHolland’s post on Finnish darning and his Visible Mending Project, I gave darning a go – and found it very satisfying!

You can see the Swedish flag tag too which made it slightly ironic. I think Swedes and Finns get on like the English and French. I wonder about the jokes; one to ask my Swedish friend.

Anyhow, more details on darning to come…

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Local Wisdom

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I was lucky to find out about this ‘Local Wisdom‘ global project and the Vancouver photo shoot not long before it took place the other weekend.  There were special items of clothing I could have taken along to wear but having very little time I wore a trusty pair of hand-me-down jeans that I’m rarely out of and have repaired many times.

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Happily I also got to meet Kate Fletcher who had spoken at a Textiles Environmental Network event in the UK several years ago.  Yeah!  We had a quick chat about what’s happening now and how there are lots of collectives in the UK which I wish I could be a part of … I’ve got to get with the Vancouver folks instead!

What is the Local Wisdom project all about?  From what I’ve read and heard, it’s about collecting stories about specific pieces of clothing and their use; ‘the craft of use’.  The website says:

The sorts of stories we’re looking for include, among other things, a garment that: 

  • Is easily repairable
  • Is shared between people
  • Is enjoying a third, fourth or fifth life
  • Surprises you each time you wear it
  • Shows or tells the story of how it has been used
  • Is worn in ways that defy the producer’s values
  • Is worn regularly and has never been washed (and isn’t leather!)
  • Is made up of interchangeable pieces that can be worn in different ways
  • Connect you to others
  • Is worn in response to changing economic and environmental concerns
  • Is adapted over and again in order to meet changing needs

I love it; these are things I think about a lot with clothing and want lots of other people to as well.  Which people are – I’ve just had a friend ask me to repair an ace wool jumper with a few holes.  I can be as creative as I like so I’ll post the results soon.

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What’s so appealing about jeans?

Wondering about the long-lasting appeal of jeans, I think one of the reasons has to be the wonderfully gradual fading of denim fabric.  The way that indigo dyeing process works means that it appears that the inner threads of the yarn haven’t fully absorbed the dye.  It’s this special change of colour in the fabric, which unlike other types lovingly holds the creases unique to our bodies and which can be so satisfying.  This led me to think about how mother nature does this as the seasons change, clouds pass – or simply with the way a plant, bush or tree may grow.

Here’s a photo; can you see what I’m getting at?  No, not the person walking by nor the white line… that subtle graduation of colour.Image

On a slightly different note but still talking jeans, take a look at this Guardian article on the continuing appeal of skinny jeans; http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2013/jan/09/skinny-jeans-fashion-trend-refuses-to-die?INTCMP=SRCH

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Inspired in Vancouver – Eastside Culture Crawl 2012

I’m so happy to have made it along to the Parker Street Studios as part of this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl.  I was blown away at the number of wonderful artists located here; it’s restored my faith in the other side of what the city has to offer. 

I’d hoped to catch a glimpse of Martina Voss’ studio and her reupholstered furniture.  She uses some gorgeous fabrics, as seen on the link and I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with whilst there.  She was happy to meet a ‘textiles’ person who could appreciate her wonderful choices, especially the Designers Guild fabric chosen for the sofa.  I can’t deny I’m a big fan of blues, turquoise to petrol blue and love what Martina’s about.

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Blim Community Market

Blim Community Market

It was great to have a table at the Blim community market today with lots of other creative folk and offer customized accessories, reusing bags and fabrics.  Here are a few pics; a big thank you to those who graciously modelled and my sis who got cards done super fast for me.ImageImage

Little Kaylie with new dino legs

ImageThe girls rocking the arm warmers!

Check out Blim and their fantastic art space available to anyone; blim.ca .  Thank you Yuriko.

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