Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Spate of Patching

Recently, three patches that please me:

1.  Here is the Pendleton wool blanket that guards the back of a sofa. It is dearly loved, but old and frail which is why it was rent when Ben tried to pick it up while standing on it. I used a piece of wool from Rebecca and handstitched it on.  I am having a little crush on red stitching on dark backgrounds right now. 

2.  A hole in a nice linen tea towel.  I'm afraid the linen is getting so worn that the satin stitch around the patch may separate it into another hole, but in the meantime, I like the little hit of color.

It's terribly cold and windy, a good day to hang out whites!

3.  A mysterious hole in the bedroom laundry hamper got a French-blue patch. 

Incidentally, I'm so pleased with my latest laundry hamper organization:  I hang the pre-wash spray right there on the hamper so we can squirt stubborn stains when we are thinking, "oh, this shirt got ketchup on it, I need to put it in the wash" rather than when I am sorting frenetically in the laundry room and can't be bothered to look closely at each item for stains.  I also tied a little mesh bag onto the hamper, too, and put handwash items in there so they don't get swept up in the (as I said) frenetic sort-and-dump into the machine.

And here's a bonus: I decorated my plain black mittens with patches as I watched the last episode of Downton Abbey. It's scraps of felted wool and that red handstitching. The result is a little more ragamuffin-y than my usual style, but until another inspiration hits me, I'm keeping them.


Lisa said...

Oh, I love ALL your patches!!

jenny_o said...

"Sorting frenetically" in the laundry room. That phrase would make me smile if I didn't do the exact same thing and understand the consequences!

Marcia said...

The red stitches on the wool blanket are so even! This post is getting me into the patching mood :-)

Sew Blessed Maw said...

Your patching post...make me happy.. Love the red patching..perfect .. and the laundry station... love that it is all sorted and organized..The patch just sets it off..

Paula said...

Hello ~ visiting from SouleMama. Love your blog...and I love a gal who mends ;) I will be back to visit again!

Thrifty Mom in Boise said...

Love the patches. Very nice!

Meghan said...

I keep a mesh bag attached to the hamper too (I wrote about it here but never thought to keep the stain remover there too. So smart!


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