When I was in St. Louis a few weeks back, my husband and I had brunch with a friend at the most delightful restaurant called Tree House. It's a vegetarian restaurant and the food is amazing. If you are ever in St. Louis, by all means, make your way over for a meal. You won't be disappointed.
Our waitress that morning was so delightful, and as it turns out, quite creative. She loves taking old pieces and giving them new life. She was wearing a vintage silk top that had a hole in it when she found it. Rather than pass the piece by, she purchased the top and then did the sweetest little applique over the hole and added an embroidered spider web over the applique. I wish I had taken a picture.
With that in mind, I decided to check out mending on Pinterest and I found a few inspirational pictures that I thought you might also enjoy. If you're in the mood, just search visible mending. You'll find lots of interesting ideas.
So here's a few that I found,
I love how a hole was turned into a window in the 2 pieces below.
Another window idea, but with lace.
The next 2 pieces are from an amazing artist, Lou Tonkin. She does needle felting over holes. Beautiful work.
If you think you might like to give needle felting a try and do a little mending, or just add a sweet touch to a garment, check out THIS POST.
Even just a simple little touch can save a garment and add interest.
I may be showing my age, but I am not a fan of the ripped up jean look. The Japanese have such a beautiful art form called Boro where garments are pieced and saved, but no holes are left open.
I thought this was rather fun, adding the British flag in a subtle manner.
Rather than discard a garment because the sleeves are worn, a touch of embroidery will make a worn garment so special.
I loved how this artist took a striped denim and matched the mend with plain denim and white thread.
A beautiful touch of Boro on this pair of jeans. You can find more of this artist's work at Woman With Wings.
Amy Meissner is another textile artist that you might want to check out. Very interesting work.
And finally, for a little peek into my hippy personality ;), a pair of jeans that I actually wear. It all began with a hole that I decided to cover with a patch.....and then I went crazy!
So now you see, patching no longer needs to be what your mother did to save the life of a pair of pants by ironing a patch over the knees.