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D is for Darning

Darning is a sewing technique used to repair holes or worn areas on fabric.  It can also be done on knitted and crocheted things too.  Usually, it is done by hand, but can also be done by machine. 248 more words

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Knitting, darning and a productive conference | Breien, stoppen en een conferentie met tastbaar resultaat

It was time again for the annual conference of the Association of Asian Studies, and this time Washington DC was the place to be. I am fortunate enough to live within driving distance, so I went down to catch up with friends and colleagues. 477 more words


Mending: A challenge

It’s a dying art.

I’m talking about mending clothes. In my experience, many of the generation of women before mine made it a point of pride to regard the gentle domestic arts as beneath their dignity as liberated women, describing domestic skills as being under-valued ‘women’s work’ and taking no pride in practising household economy. 484 more words

Sewing & Embroidery

News March 2018: Teaching and Updates

Hello all!

First, I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be traveling to teach at a new venue this fall; North House Folk School, way up in northern Minnesota! 332 more words


Sock horror – emergency lingerie bags

I knitted my first pair of socks 5 years ago this month. (Happy sockaversary me, yay!) My aim is to have at least 8 machine-washable pairs, then I can wear hand knitted socks every day in winter without having to do a sock wash more than once a week. 1,128 more words


Darn it!

During the cold winter months I have been wearing my cosy alpaca house socks more than usual, and they are getting rather threadbare …

The heels have completely worn through, and the soles are thin, but I couldn’t bear to throw them away. 90 more words

Make do and mend

My way of going about things is not always the most direct. My thoughts swirl, coalesce, disperse, and coalesce again – a murmuration of starlings… 532 more words