Mending is an act of love to our planet. By keeping your clothes in use longer you reduce the production of new clothing and is the holy trinity in the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle goal. Here at Woollykins, we love wool because not only is it a natural unrefined fibre, that will natural biodegrade at end of life but because it is easy for anyone to mend with a few simple skills. These are skills that everyone had in times of old, you don't need to be "crafty", you just need a little time and patience at first and you'll discover a truly rewarding practice that will have you searching out holey garments to mend.
Search #visiblemending and you'll find a complete treasure trove of inspired mends out there.
Below are a few of our favourite resources and blogs for mending inspiration, with insights into sustainable fashion and the importance of re-learning how to mend our clothing.
Browse our HIGHLIGHTS on Instagram to see all the creative ways that Woollykins Customers have mended their clothing. It's a joy to see. Make sure you tag your mends #darnitmendit on Instagram so we can share the joy far and wide.
Below are photos by our lovely customer @Naomi_Xeros with her gorgeous mends which not only preserve the life of the garment but imbues them with even more soul.
For those new to mending, our complete kit includes ALL equipment + materials to mend all the clothes in your wardrobe. With full step-by-step instructions you'll learn to mend using three different techniques that can be applied to all types of fabrics from knitwear to jeans. The kit comes in a sturdy cardboard box wrapped in a project bento bag making it portable for mending on the go. Our kit is entirely plastic-free and uses re-purposed materials where possible. With re-fill kits and spare threads available in our Mending Supplies store, you'll be mending for life with our popular kit.
Snags in knitwear can be mended a couple of ways, depending on the fabric.
The Snag Repair Needle instantly repairs loose and pulled threads on fine wool/silk garments and knitwear. It has an abrasive tip which grips untidy threads and pulls them through to the reverse of the garment so they are no longer visible.
It also features a ball point to prevent splitting of fibres. It is best for finer knitted garments where it's not possible to get the thread back through the fabric.
For older chunkier knits best to use a crochet hook to pull loop to the reverse of the garment and tie a knot in the yarn to stop it from pulling further. But for new knitwear - if you've managed to get it caught and a long thread has been pulled out, follow this tutorial to get that thread back in your knitted garment and sitting where it should be. It's so worth the short amount of time it takes to do so.