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Mending life : a handbook for repairing clothes and hearts
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9781632172525
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xxv, 191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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Mending Life is a beautifully illustrated, practical tool kit for repairing the clothes and belongings we love. It is also an exploration of how mending can be a gently healing practice in our daily lives and a small act of rebellion in a world where many things are discarded without thought. Mending Life encourages us to cherish our things by repairing them rather than discarding them. It also encourages us to change our consumption habits so that with small mends here and there, we extend the life of our garments and other household items. This handbook is for beginners but also offers more advanced techniques to those with some experience in mending. You'll learn basic techniques such as patching, but will have options to take it a step further with decorative sashiko stitching; you'll also learn how to darn socks and mend sweaters, as well as things like a tear in a bedsheet or down jacket. And along the way, the authors share heartfelt stories about the powerful act of mending, which strengthens not only the object we are repairing, but ourselves as well. Vibrant, full-color illustrations are woven throughout the handbook. Mending Life is a timeless, practical guide to cherishing and caring for our belongings.
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Mending Life is a beautifully illustrated, practical tool kit for repairing the clothes and belongings we love. It is also an exploration of how mending can be a gently healing practice in our daily lives and a small act of rebellion in a world where many things are discarded without thought.

Mending Life encourages us to cherish our things by repairing them rather than discarding them. It also encourages us to change our consumption habits so that with small mends here and there, we extend the life of our garments and other household items. This handbook is for beginners but also offers more advanced techniques to those with some experience in mending.

You'll learn basic techniques such as patching, but will have options to take it a step further with decorative sashiko stitching; you'll also learn how to darn socks and mend sweaters, as well as things like a tear in a bedsheet or down jacket. And along the way, the authors share heartfelt stories about the powerful act of mending, which strengthens not only the object we are repairing, but ourselves as well. Vibrant, full-color illustrations are woven throughout the handbook.

Mending Life is a timeless, practical guide to cherishing and caring for our belongings.


Author Notes

Sisters Nina and Sonya Montenegro are illustrators, printmakers, menders, quilters, beekeepers, and gardeners. In 2013, they founded The Far Woods, a creative collaboration making artwork that seeks to contribute to a cultural shift in which there is a land ethic, reverence for nature, rejection of the dominant throw-away mentality, and direct connection to where our food and the things we use come from. Many of their artworks serve as educational tools, and their practice crosses disciplines to work toward an ecologically viable and socially just future. Their studio is situated on an organic farm just outside of Portland, Oregon.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Sonya and Nina Montenegro, twins and cofounders of the Portland, Ore., art studio the Far Woods, debut with a whimsically illustrated and millennial-friendly guide to mending clothing and household linens. They do a fine job of explaining the techniques required to mend a variety of items, from sweaters and socks to jacket cuffs and pant seats. The Montenegros include information on both "Essential" and "Specialty" supplies for sewing, on distinguishing between different fabrics, and on mastering the Japanese technique of "Sashiko Stitching," which is shown to great effect in the authors' charming drawings. The authors suggest approaching mending with a "spirit of play" and incorporating it into daily life--a section entitled "Mending on the Go," for instance, portrays mending as "sweet, portable work" instead of a buckle-down, desperate task. They also share reasons, tailored to a younger audience, for taking it up--as an environmentally responsible practice, a way of meeting people pursuing the same hobby, and a hobby that's easy on the wallet. If there is any book capable of convincing millennials to pick up a darning needle rather than a smartphone, it will be this alluring primer. Agent: Kate Woodrow, Present Perfect Dept. (Mar.)


Booklist Review

In their first book, makers, designers, illustrators, and sisters Nina and Sonya Montenegro share their love and skill for repairing the garments we so rely on. An introduction covers the very basics, including what supplies to gather (with an emphasis on secondhand items), how to thread a needle, and a few essential stitches. Chapters then cover darning, patching, and other mending projects (like fixing snags, replacing buttons, repairing zippers). Each clearly laid out project (sewing or needle-felting a patch, darning a hole) includes numbered written instructions alongside step-by-step drawn illustrations of the stitchwork. Interspersed with the tutorials are essays and sweet illustrations that share the authors' journeys as makers and add to their overall message of mending's role in mindful, sustainable living. For the few projects where crochet or knitting skills are necessary, the authors recommend quick lessons or YouTube tutorials before digging in. With a guiding mantra that ""There's nothing broken that can't be fixed,"" this very accessible guide will encourage readers to look with hopeful possibility at their well-worn, well-loved clothes.--Annie Bostrom Copyright 2020 Booklist