Two years and three days ago, I vowed to stop buying new clothes…not for any particular length of time, but I initially thought one year would suffice. Why did I make this decision? Without going into a long political diatribe, I noticed my new clothes didn’t last very long and that they were also predominantly made in Southeast Asia.
At the same time, I had been reading about the “sweat shop” clothing factories overseas and the subsequent tragedies which had occurred. The big fire in India which killed over 900 people comes to mind. And I had read about other disasters in places like Indonesia and China. With all of that in mind, I agreed (with only myself) that I would stop buying clothing. And it’s been two years now!
When you decide to stop buying clothing, you need to begin wearing what you have and/or make new clothing. I went into my cotton fabric stash and made a few new tops and a skirt. But then I began mending. And once I started mending clothing, I thought, why not mend household textiles?
So, in the New Year, I plan to do mending: This will need to be re-weaved.
While I am a novice weaver at this point, I have never before re-woven anything. But I plan to learn.
I also have a bed sheet and a duvet cover which are beginning to shred and tear. They have plenty more use left in them, and they are really, really soft and cozy. Here is the duvet cover:
Are you a mender or a patcher? Do you have a preferred method? I know I need to re-sew the bed sheet, perhaps with my sewing machine. Any tips on mending or re-weaving?