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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback plus 3-5 reusable iron-on transfer sheets
  • Publication: 20 October 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920361
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 170x236 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £15.99
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The Mending Directory


Over 50 modern stitch patterns for visible repairs by Erin Eggenburg

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Book Description

Clothing repair through visible mending is a movement that now has hundreds and thousands of followers, and Erin Eggenburg is one of the leading proponents.

Through her beautiful stitch designs, Erin shows you how to hand stitch or darn your clothes and other fabric items to mend them, rather than discard them.

The patterns are organized by skill level, from beginner to expert, and each project includes a photo of the completed, stitched pattern, as well as step-by-step diagrams showing how to recreate the design.

Comprising over 50 hand-stitched mending patterns, you can give worn clothes a new lease of life by using these beautiful designs to repair your clothes and other fabric items.

Table of Contents

Meet Erin! 4
About this book 6

Tools and materials: hand stitching 10, Planning the mend 12, Patching options 14, Using the iron-on transfers 18, Getting started 20, Finishing the mend 20, Tools and materials: hand darning 22, Deciding what thickness of yarn or thread 23, How to weave in loose ends 24


Paired Diagonals 30, Coloured Dashes 32, Herringbone Crosses 34, Double Crosses 36, Twisted Bands 38, Crossed Double Dashes 40, Tessellating Diamonds 42, Zigzag Slashes 44, Intersected Diamonds 46, Horizontal Flowers 48, Triangle Chains 50, Interconnected Diamonds 52, Alternating Stars 54, Stars and Diamonds 56, Dotted Lines and Boxes 58, Rectangle Maze 60, Zigzag Stripes 62, Repeating Rainbows 64, Garden of Lilies 66, Dotted Circles 68

Symmetrical Sun 70, Dandelion Clocks 72, Large Lilies 74, Garden of Raindrops 76, Circles and Dashes 78, Dotted Chains 80, Suns and Crosses 82, Embellished Squares 84, Squares and Triangles 86, Garden of Flowers 88, Interlocking Boxes 90, Herringbone Boxes 92, Diagonal Zigzags 94, Windmills 96, Two-colour Darn 98, Graded Squares 100, Confetti Patch 102, Cross-stitch Darn 104, Love Heart Darn 106

Darn with Stars 108, Darn with Dashes 110, Alternating Weave 112, Striped Weave 114, Horizontal Dashes 116, Vertical Dashes 118, Double Weave 120, Central Stripe 122, Crossed Weave 124, Crossed Dashes 126, Alternating Dashes 128, Textured Weave 130, Crosses and Stripes 132, Pattern 53 134, Pattern 54 136

Index 142
Credits 144

About the Author

About Erin Eggenburg

Erin Eggenburg is a visible mending instructor and owner of wrenbirdarts, an online mending shop. Erin also hosts Mending Club, an online forum she created for visible mending enthusiasts, and has a blog that performs in the top 10 per cent of Shopify blogs. Erin has over 20K followers of her one-of-a-kind visible mending projects on Instagram @wrenbirdmends. She also has an Etsy shop, which you can find at wrenbirdarts.etsy.com. Erin lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA.


Amazon Customer Review

This book is easy to follow and full of inspiration. An excellent book to inspire both beginners and experienced sewers; even those who have never picked up a needle to have can have a go at decorative mending before throwing away a loved garment or item. There are also lovely ideas to add a Boho feel boring garments. Well-written with clear illustrations and a selection of iron transfers.

Amazon Customer Review

A marvellous informative and inspirational book

I have really enjoyed this lovely book. The book is written very well, taking into account both beginners and more experienced sewists. The designs are very well photographed, and the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. There is a wide variety of designs, and the techniques for woven or knitted mending are quite decorative. The only thing that seems to be missing is any tips on how to stop the material used for patching on the woven sections from fraying. Other than this minor comment, this book is very educational and enjoyable. Well worth the money.


What an amazing book, full of information on how to renew outdated clothes and to mend and add flare to clothes that need uplifting. This book includes an abundance of modern stitch patterns and sashiko visible mending designs to transform clothes, that give you ideas to use the patterns for other purposes. The book and patterns are for beginners and more experienced sewists. l also love the way photo's are also used to show how your finished project could and will look. l will use this book over and over again.

Machine Knitting Monthly

These 50 hand-stitched modern mending patterns help us give worn clothes and fabric a new lease of life. The patterns are organized from beginners to experts and each includes a photo and step-by-step diagrams.

Stitch Magazine

We all know we could do with making our wardrobes last a little longer. This is a great little book that cuts straight to the point with all sorts of different patterns to use when making visible repairs. It's easy to dip into to find ideas to rejuvenate jeans, cover unsightly stains and tart up tatty knitwear with colourful patches of stitched love. To make things really easy, it comes with reusable iron-on transfers.

Crafts Beautiful

Meet the ultimate guide to visible mending, The Mending Directory by Erin Eggenburg is here to show you how you can fix your clothes instead of throwing them away. With over 50 hand-stitched and darned examples, organised by skill level, it's never been easier to give worn clothes a new lease of life. 

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