Wear it out, stitch it up, make it do or go without.
To mend is to repair and appreciate what we already own. To give out-of-order items another breath of life: a broken heart, rope soled shoes that walk miles, a tiny shirt with a tiny hole that loves being worn everyday, knitted stitches snagged on a piece of firewood – all ready to piece back together.
When we wear the few(er) clothes we have day after day, we experience the wear and tear that so many of us only know by the saying. Quite often it is the great influx of fabrics in forms of shirts, dresses, long sleeves, short sleeves, pants, new or used, that prevents us from ever reaching that wonderful state of repair. The moment when something becomes useful and beautiful once again with a needle, thread and our diligent and dexterous fingertips.
Mend to extend the life of quality materials.
Mend to become self-reliant.
Mend to learn patience.
Mend to distinguish wants over needs.
Mend because you already have enough.
With consumerism soaring at all time holiday highs it is not the time to add more mass produced items to your repertoire (or closet), rather take the time to stitch up what you already own and make it as good as new.
Think before you buy, save money when you can, make your own clothing when you acquire the skills and mend what needs repaired with a loving and careful hand.
What do you have on the mend in these quiet days before the new year?