Sunday, 6 September 2015

Patches, circles, stitches

First of all I thought I'd give you an update on my knee patched jeans, which I repaired in June.  You can see the original repair here if you missed it.  This is what they look like now.


This is my favourite pair of jeans and it has not been a great summer so I've been wearing them more than I would like.  They have survived a week scrambling around rocks in Cornwall and a lot of gardening, not to mention the usual day-to-day crawling around on the floor.  I am very happy with how this is looking.  Normally I would have expected the hole to tear so that it went right across the knee but it is still tiny and the stitches are not really showing any signs of wear and tear.  I will definitely be doing this again!

On to the current denim piece.  Now that I've decided this is just for play I've been having some fun.  This week I've done some more running stitch/cross stitch sections, added some more patches and have just started playing around with other types of stitching.



And finally...my happy mail from Lara arrived and look what she sent:



All I needed was the dark blue grunge but she filled the whole envelope with goodies.  I had such fun opening this parcel.  Thank you, Lara: here's to blogging friendships.

10 comments:

  1. Kaja...you were in CORNWALL?!?!? Wish I'd known! Absolutely love the pink darning on the denim and the jean repair is superb - I love mending!

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  2. I just adore your pics of repetitive hand stitching. The color pops, the repetitive line is bold and the hand of the maker is visible. LeeAnna

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  3. I have a favorite pair of denim shorts that maybe need some buttonhole stitches around the hem to make them last another few years. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. I saw another blog this week with stitching similar to your. Here is the link...http://kristinshieldsart.com/blog/2015/9/5/slow-stitching-retreat-maine-3-beautiful-blue-boro-with-samantha-lindgren Take a look. I think you may find some more inspiration.

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  5. I had a pair of overalls in college that I wore to every lab. Lots of labs with science majors. I patched every acid burn, tear, rip, etc. By graduation it was quite colorful. But this inspires me to try it again. My favorite jeans are ripping on the seam. I'll try this. Thanks.

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  6. What a marvellous knee repair job, and a package of goodies - I love the Paula Nadelstern fabric (I am assuming it is from her range).

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  7. Denim makes such a great background for stitches, what fun you're having.

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  8. Love the reds and oranges on the denim. Nice happy fabrics in the post too!

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  9. The denim creation is so fun to watch... love the bits of colour from the stitching!

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  10. Love the repair job. I've patched a few jeans raising three boys in the country, but the patches weren't so pretty as your work. Mostly they were in the seat or below the zipper area! I know, how do they manage to wear out that area? I figure it's the climbing and stretching and riding on rough horses and bikes. Anyway, they kept me so busy trying to cover boxers that I didn't worry about knees! Since I made their boxers, I should have just made them of denim. :-)

    That package must have been a great surprise. Even when we don't need fabrics, we're thrilled when they arrive. The fabrics are very pretty and like everyone else, I am anxious to see what you do with them. I'm expecting little bits of the orange/reddish one will find its way on the denim work.

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