Here are the ideas from the book I want to remember:
1. turning holes in a sweater into flowers by beading around them.
2. covering up stains on children's shirts with appliques and decorative stitching.
3. fix holes in socks with crochet instead of darning - the directions for starting crochet on any piece of fabric look very good. I have a friend who raves about the usefulness of crochet for this reason. I want to get serious about learning to crochet soon.
4. patching holes in coat linings instead of relining the coat, especially using blanket stitch to decorate the edges. This can be a hobo look that is not really my thing, though.
The book covers all aspects of mending and does pull in contributions from other people. However, there are three intriguing garments photographed with no attribution or explanation. That annoyed me. I post the photos here. Aren't the clothes neat? I want to know more about them!
The price on the back of the book is $18.95. I'm sticking with my Sewing Stitch and Textile Bible for individual stitches, my Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing for techniques, and the library for whizzy new books.