Climate change is making us rethink how we use resources and not subscribing to fast-fashion and re-using and mending our clothes has become a mark of pride. This is visible mending, more akin to embroidery and embellishment that will make your favourite clothing even more personal and save it from landfill.
- Fully illustrated with colour photography throughout
- Detailed step-by-step images
- Easy to follow techniques (even for beginners)
- Plenty of inspiration for adventerous menders.
Twelve darning Techniques are covered in detail with step-by-step instructions include: Seed stitch, square darning, Reversible darns, Seed and square darn, Triangular darns, English darning, Accordion darning, Appliqué, Reverse appliqué, Chain darning, Honeycomb Darning and the decorative Tambourine darning. Ten chapters cover mending sweaters, shirts, denim, items in the home as well as accessories, such as scarves and bags.
This is the first UK edition of the cult darning book by Hikaru Noguchi who has become a guru of visible darning in Japan. This detailed step-by-step guide makes the methods easy to follow even for non-sewers. The stylish photography shows off the artistic and minimalist style of the designer’s work.
Hikaru’s book, Darning: repair, make, mend, is an invaluable teaching resource I use at every workshop. The pictures, diagrams and profiles are so inspiring. Mending clothes is an act of looking after yourself and others. It’s essential work that Hikaru does with grace and beauty.
Celia Pym, Textile artist, shortlisted for the Women’s Hour Craft Prize
As the environmental impacts of overconsumption become ever more apparent, repair emerges as a powerful political act. This comprehensive compendium provides both instruction and inspiration and is sure to make every reader look at their wardrobe in a whole new light.
Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd, Associate Professor of Fashion and Sustainability, Nottingham Trent University
Colourful photography combined with an easily understood visual guide brings this wonderful book to life!
Sanae Kido: Textile Surgery
I’ve mended things since I learned to sew as a child, and thought I knew my stuff. Everything changed when Hikaru invited me to Japan to host a darning workshop alongside the launch of her book. The school of Hikaru teaches that techniques of mending are never ending. We love to mend because we don’t want things to end, but as menders we continue to have new beginnings, just like the garments do. We are continually free to find new ways of doing things.
Rachael Matthews, Textile Artist and Writer
Hikaru Noguchi has a wonderful and considered approach to visible mending. In her book Darning she explains in great detail how to use a variety of darning and appliqué techniques, what materials are suitable, and step-by-step instructions. Last but not least, all techniques are accompanied by beautiful pictures for plenty of inspiration to do your own repairs.
Tom van Deijnen (Tom of Holland)