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Mend! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto

Mend! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto

"There are lots of books about how to sew, knit, or crochet, but fewer on how to fix garments.  There have been a bunch lately.  Oh, they've popped up before.  And there have been some darn good ones this year (I'm not sorry for the pun).  But Mend! stands out--Sekules knows her fabrics, history, techniques, and it shows.  It's filled with photos of ancient mends and playful patching, lists and tables of fabric properties so you'll know which mends will be smooth and which will fight you like a bear.  ...And loving snark.  Given the prospect of a hard winter ahead, this book offers a meaningful way to fill our time and connect with others--mend for them."

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Author Kate Sekules
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication Date 2020-09-08
Section Games & Hobbies / All Staff Suggestions / Non-Fiction Suggestions / Story B.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780143135005

A hands-on manual and a history and celebration of clothes tending--and its remarkable resurgence as art form, political statement, and path to healing the planet.

“For Fans of NBC’s Making It, Bravo’s Project Runway, or shopping vintage: A sweater gets a hole? Sew it closed... Part history and part how-to, Mend! traces the task’s evolution from a 1950s chore to a DIY sustainability movement.” —Marie Claire

For thousands of years, mending was a deep craft that has for too long been a secret history. But now it's back, bigger and better than ever. In this book Kate Sekules introduces the art of visible mending as part of an important movement to give fashion back its soul. Part manifesto, part how-to, MEND! calls for bold new ways of keeping clothes and refreshing your style. Crammed with tips, fun facts, ravishing photography, and illustrated tutorials, MEND! tells you exactly how to rescue and renew your wardrobe with flair and aplomb--and save money along the way.

Whether you've never owned a needle or are an aspiring professional, MEND! gives you clear instruction and witty advice, with over thirty techniques, from classic darning and patching to cheeky new methods invented by Sekules, to help you turn every garment into a unique fashion statement. Including interviews with menders, shameful fashion industry facts, a ten-step closet mend, cheat sheets, stitch guides, moth elimination, museum conservator and vintage dealer tricks, and more, this is a book to inspire, delight, and galvanize. Sharp, funny, and incredibly timely, MEND! leads the slow fashion revolution into its next phase, where getting dressed is a joyful, creative experience for all.

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