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Mend It Better

Today I am excited to share Kristin Roach’s new book, Mend It Better, from Storey Publishing. I received a review copy from Storey when I returned from Craftcation, and fell in love with it as soon as I held it in my hands.

The cover of the book itself is different than any other craft book on my shelf (and I have quite a number). It’s a hardback with an almost soft, puffy, children’s book quality to it–not to demean it in any way–I actually love it, it’s a book that’s meant to be used and will stand up to life in our busy household. But enough of my bibliophile obsessions, how about what’s on the inside?

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The book’s design is eye-candy enough to attract any crafter, with touches of whimsy, color, and nostalgia for the days when mending was a must. And that nostalgia is the driving theme behind Kristin’s collection of how-tos and project ideas throughout the book. But it’s not just a boring collection of mending instructions, it’s an exploration of “mending as devotion” as contributor Sherri Lynn Wood aptly describes in her unique take on clothing repair.

Kristin’s hope, in her own words, “is that through your mending successes, you will feel emboldened to express your creativity through your clothing.” And she has given us just the tools and inspiration to do so. She empowers readers of all experience levels (even if that experience is zero) through a glimpse into the history behind sewing traditions, a refresher on basic sewing skills, projects from a host of well-known craft mavens like Cal Patch and Diane Gilleland, and 10 additional chapters covering every mending need imagineable. 

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And for those of us who may feel overwhelmed by the task of mending piles of clothing (I do have four kids who tear through their clothing rather quickly), Kristin is all about keeping things simple and fun at the same time.

One of my favorite projects featured in the book is Francesca Mueller‘s cardigan alteration. After having a baby, her favorite cardigan needed a makeover. She tuned up the now-too-large cardi by simply adding some decorative clasps and floral trim to give it a more feminine look and shape. I love that this book focuses on finding the good in our clothing until the very last thread!

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Some other fun ideas included in the book are colorful patches to cover up stains on children’s clothes, taking pockets from an old item to add onto another, unique and colorful patches, and an entire section on darning, including this cute crochet darning project for holey socks.

Overall this book gets an A+ from me–I love that Kristin has reinvigorated the task of mending while sharing the importance of not living in a throw-away world.

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So, are you ready to win yourself a copy, courtesy of Storey Publishing? Here’s how to enter:

1. Post a comment below stating your experience with mending and why you’d like a copy of this book. (You must complete this step to enter.)
2. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and include the tags @makermama AND @storeypub, and be sure to tell me you tweeted in the comments below (1 extra entry). 
3. Follow Maker Mama via Google Friend Connect and leave a comment (1 extra entry). 
And some official rules to go along:
  • All contestants must be at least 18 years old or older and residents of the United States. 
  • Contest ends at 9 p.m. CST on Friday, April 13. The winner will be selected randomly and will have 48 hours after email notification to send me their address (or else I might have to find a new winner!).
  • The value of the prize (1 copy of Mend It Better) is approximately $18.95. Odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries. No purchase necessary to enter. 
  • And lastly, I cannot be held responsible for prizes not received. I will, of course, follow up with the publisher on your prize, and do not anticipate any problems (they’re a wonderful company!).

And just to disclose again,  I did receive a courtesy copy from Storey for the purpose of reviewing the book, but did not receive any monetary compensation for either the review or hosting the giveaway.

Good luck to everyone, and I hope you’re inspired to pick up your mending baskets!