Visible mending

There’s a craftperson whom I follow on Instagram who has gotten me really interested in Sashiko-style visible mending. Her name is Katrina Rodabaugh, and her blog and IG feed are a treat for your eyes.  http://www.katrinarodabaugh.com/    and https://www.instagram.com/katrinarodabaugh/?hl=en

Tired of my growing pile of things to be mended, I finally gave visible/Sashiko mending it a try!

Here are some of my and the Wee Boy’s jeans, in various stages of mending (he and I wear our clothes the hardest of the four of us!). I drew straight-ish lines with a water soluble marker so my lines wouldn’t be too terrible.


And after:


Looking back at Katrina’s Instagram feed, I think I might go back and stitch some more lines between my current ones.  We’ll see.

Anyway, I’m glad I finally gave this technique a try.  I think it’s going to be more successful than the weak iron-on patches I’ve used before!

Do you have experience with visible mending or sashiko stitching?

2 thoughts on “Visible mending

  1. This is just what I’ve been looking for (one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments!). My 5 year old is soooo hard on his pants. Then he refuses to wear the ones with holes, lol. If I add a splash of color with the patch, he might just go for it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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