Friday, 4 January 2013

Visible Mending




In a flurry of activity and with my back up against an impending deadline, before Christmas I had the linen printed in preparation for stitching. The work reflects on personal experiences of WWII; those of my Grandmother and Great Uncle. My uncle served in the army and was captured at Dunkirk. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in a German POW camp. Although little is spoken about their experiences my Grandma recalls that when he returned her brother's uniform was 'all darns'. Suffice to say the Christmas holidays have been filled with darning.

I can't help but feel my darning is rather inferior by comparison with the beautiful Vicorian darning samplers I remember seeing at the Museum of Costume & Textiles in Nottingham. If you are looking for inspiration for your own mending project Clarabella has a wonderful pin board of exquisite darns and mends here. I only wish mine were as beautiful.

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