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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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Repairing Denim Worn Paper-Thin: Using Visible Mending to Fix Your Jeans

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Repairing Denim Worn Paper-Thin: Using Visible Mending to Fix Your Jeans

There comes a time in every well-worn pair of jeans life (especially if there is lycra involved), when the fronts of the thighs begin to wear past the comfy stage, and into the paper-thin-afraid-to-wear-out-of-the-house-for-fear-of-tearing-wide-open stage. 

Read on for a step by step mending tutorial. Sashiko style visible mending. 

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Visible Mending: Weak in the Knees

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Visible Mending: Weak in the Knees

Those cute pre-ripped jeans are great, until one day you crouch down, and riiiiiiiiiiiiip. And there's your leg. Is it over? Should you throw them out?

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Mending Project: Wide Legged Levi's & Kimono Scraps

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Mending Project: Wide Legged Levi's & Kimono Scraps

Most of the mending projects I share are pretty extreme examples of patching using sashiko inspired mending techniques. The examples that I share are jeans that I've found while shopping at thrift/secondhand shops and garage sales, where I am wildly excited to find a pair of jeans with excellent natural tears.

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