A mending project

A little while ago I saw a picture on the Harris tweed facebook page of a ladies jacket, I shared the picture & said how I would love to get hold of one of these beauties to felt onto. (it was a bit like this one)

ladies-harris-tweed-tammy-jacket-mustard-check-3001523-0-1354807318000Well one of the lovely followers of my page said she had one somewhere… & that I could have it. She did say that it had been hanging in the garden & that she had already taken the buttons but that If I wanted it to fix I was welcome to it.

& little later on she contacted me to say that actually it was in quite a bad way & that perhaps I wouldn’t want it after all, it was rotten in places & that the moths had fully fed themselves from it for some time & that she had had it for over 33 years…. However, as enthusiastic as ever & always up for a challenge I said I would still like it.

Well… I got it this weekend… & I’m quite scared that I might have just met the thing that I actually can’t fix, I’m going to try though & no quick fixes I’m going to take my time with itΒ & use it as an art project rather than a clothing mend. I’m up for suggestions with this one, I like the idea of the honest visible mend & it will of course have my trade mark British wildlife roaming over it, but what do you think should be on it?? Photo prints, old letters & if so of what? should it be relevant to mending or of the historical & utilitarian uses of a garment like this, different stitches? Send me your ideas.

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8 thoughts on “A mending project

  1. I love the idea of a challenge like this but I’m not as brave as you, I think I’d fall at the first hurdle. Good luck πŸ™‚ I love the different coloured patches. i think a birds nest and a few birds with worms would go well.

  2. Wow, I love it Lou, so much scope for your creativity……
    Woodland is the first thing that springs to mind. Forest floor, leaf litter and decay and then moving up from there…….
    Look forward to seeing what you do with it…..

  3. I’d like the irony of patching it up with moths and extracts from ‘moths monthly’ and ‘Butterfly bulletin’ to cover up the big bits…..keep true to the reasons it’s being repaired πŸ™‚

  4. Wow, What a wonderfull challenge, I still say patch in another jacket on the worst bits and have a door mouse building a nest in the pocket! Keep us up to date with it’s progress….pleasssseeee!

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