Visual mending is more than just a solution to a nagging hole in your clothing. It is also a means of self-expression, taking something broken and celebrating its imperfection with simple needlework anyone can do.

Impact: How does Mending Stack Up?

Keeping materials or garments in active use is one of the best ways to reduce their impact on the environment. In fact, ‘extending the life of a garment by 9 months reduces its carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30%.’

The average person spends around $161 per month on clothes that is nearly $2K a year. If you mend instead of purchasing new you could save a lot of money over the course of the year. You could even mend for your friends!

The average US consumer throws away 81.5lb of clothing every single year. Mending redirects this potential waste by brining worn out clothing back into circulation.

Let’s Get Started

There are a lot of talented makers out there who take mending to exquisite levels. What we focus on here though is getting started by playing around and getting comfortable.

1. Logistics:

The most important thing you’ll want to look at first is whether your needle and thread work for your mending project. The tools we talk about here (darning needle size 18mm and our miniskeins) are intended for sweater-like knits (not t-shirts or blouses) and even some denim (not too thick, not canvas or drill)

2. Choosing Your Project

You can keep it simple with a cotton weave mend, you can use colorful yarn to sew on a patch and you can mix also textures (though stay away from animal hair though if you wash regularly).

You’ll likely want to use thinner yarn here to pair better with your sweater. Using a mix is also possible to add texture. Watch some mending videos now.

Thicker sweaters allow for lots of options. You can do thick only yarn or pair a thick and thin yarn to give added texture and aesthetic appeal.

3. Machine vs Hand Wash

If you’re mending an item that you usually machine wash, we recommend you use pima cotton, which is equally washable. Animal wools, like alpaca, cashmere and wool, should always be hand washed in cold water, or at most, machine washed in a delicates protective bag on the most delicate cycle and always with cold water as warm water will cause animal hairs to felt.

4. Mending 101: Learning Center

For a truly circular economy, we all need to do our part. We welcome our responsibility to educate about mending and customizing your knits. Whatever it takes to keep your clothes in your wardrobe rotation, we want to help.  

2 Min Mending

Mending is a lot simpler than it looks with minimal time investment. Watch our 2 Minute Mending video to dip into the wonderful world of visible mending.

Mending Tutorials

We have pulled easy basic tutorials from some bright makers in our eco system. Explore these simple guided lessons now!

Full Mending Course

Every knit tells a story, and we’re here to tell it (and keep it out for landfills) by passing on our tried and tested best mending techniques with Domestika. 

Looking for some more inspiration?

Start Your Own Mending Circle

The practice of mending has become a lost skill in our society. We want to bring this communal and conscious activity back.

Much like the knitting, quilting and sewing circles - mending is an act of rebellion against reckless consumption and brings people together to unite for the greater good of the environment and your closet!

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