These trends and imperatives come together in the most practical, lighthearted way in Mend It Better, from popular craft blogger Kristin M. Roach. Bolstered by a fine arts degree in painting and a childhood spent exploring her Grandma Phyllis's crafting stash, Roach takes mending to a whole new level. Mending à la Roach is about the opportunity to give a garment a whole new life with a fresh look and artful embellishment.
Unlike other books, Mend It Better covers mending's creative and technical aspects. Roach's personable, step-by-step instruction offers everything readers need to know to repair, upgrade, and also preserve clothes: basic hand-sewing skills, hemming, patching, darning, tricks for beadwork and other accents, decorative stitching, fabric care, and much more.
Alongside are ideas and stories from other inspired crafters. The colorful reverse appliqué techniques of Panama's Kuna Indians makes a patch to be proud of. And the "What-a-Mess Dress" snapped up for a dollar -- thank goodness for tears and missing buttons! -- looks pretty fine post-repair with some heels and a vintage pin to adjust the fit.