Erin Eggenburg's Mending Blog

How to Choose the Right Thread or Yarn for Your Mending Project

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How to Choose the Right Thread or Yarn for Your Mending Project

The good news is, there is a lot of overlap when it comes to what materials are used for which type of stitching.

This also means that as a beginner, it might be confusing to know how to choose the type of thread or yarn to use for your specific project.

I’ll explain different types of thread, and also yarn (I think it’s fine to use these terms interchangeably), and the terms or numbers you might see when looking for materials to use for your project. 

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Let's talk about darning needles and how to decide which type to use

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Let's talk about darning needles and how to decide which type to use

Darning needles may not be the most exciting topic, but using the right needle can make a big difference in how your darning turns out. And I think that's worth a little attention. 

When I first started darning, I was so mired in the darning process that I didn't pay much attention to needles. I started darning more frequently, and taking on larger mending projects, and in turn began paying closer attention to the needle that I used to complete various darning tasks.

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What the heck is darning?

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What the heck is darning?

F.A.Q.'s for Darning Socks Darning has been around forever, and is a simple and useful skill to learn and share. There are many types of darning, most of them work as a technique to weave a patch in place, where the fabric has worn through.Here is a very simple darning step by step that works to weave a patch over the top of a hole, a.k.a. surface darning. 

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5 Embroidery Stitches to Know

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5 Embroidery Stitches to Know

If you are just learning how to embroider, there are 5 stitches that will get you started embroidering right now! Watch this video tutorial for a quick tutorial!

I love using embroidery as a way to mend over stains and tears in clothing. It can also be a fun way to update or add a little something special to an otherwise drab garment. 

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Beginning Mending: A Guide to the Tools You Need & How to Use Them

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Beginning Mending: A Guide to the Tools You Need & How to Use Them

Have you been looking at images of clothing mended so beautifully, you almost hope to rip a hole in your jeans? But what are the materials you actually need to get started?   You are in the right place! I pulled together a collection of materials that I think are a must to get started with visible mending, and how and why they are used in mending. Most of these materials can be found at your local craft shop.  Needles I like to use sashiko needles for mending jeans. They come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. When it comes...

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