This much loved cashmere jumper has crossed my path before. Its worn and fragile state belies the emotional weight it holds as a present from a dear family member. Previously standard darning was enough to keep it in circulation, but this time the elbows have gone through and the surrounding area is perilously thin.
My instinct was to patch the elbows, either with suede or corduroy patches, or more subtly with a canvas from the inside. As its owner works at a certain Broadcasting Corporation which is teeming with hip young things in this seasons elbow patch heavy look, he was keen to steer clear of the offending items. Instead, I developed a strategy taking the lead from the visible mending movement, as lead by Tom of Holland.
- Firstly, I matched up the colour to a card of proper darning thread. This is a wool/ nylon, is sadly hard to come by since darning has ceased to be a normal activity in every household. The nylon gives it much needed strength, whilst the wool helps the thread blend in with the original.
The central hole was darned over an egg, in the traditional way. This then left the threadbare area around the hole. I ran a running stitch around the darned area, creating a sort of integral patch which would protect the original fibres whilst catching any future split stitches before they ladder.
This was deemed wholly acceptable for the office, and in keeping with the garment. I wonder what it will come back with next winter?
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