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 [Judy] 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!