One of the things I've been looking forward to in my year of mending – let's face it, probably the only thing I've been looking forward to – is the chance to try visible mending. For those of you not familiar with this process, it uses traditional mending and darning techniques, but makes a feature of them, rather than trying to make the mend invisible.
The undisputed king of the visible mend is Tom van Deijnen (or Tom of Holland as he's known online) who started the Visible Mending Programme "to highlight that the art and craftsmanship of clothes repair is particularly relevant in a world where more and more people voice their dissatisfaction with fashion’s throwaway culture". I've been raving about the latest issue of Uppercase since I bought it and one of the (many) reasons is the feature on Tom shown below.
Martha Stewart actually has a good little graphic showing how to darn, and the link to it is on my 'Make Do and Mend' Pinterest page, along with some other examples of fun visible mends.
And there you have it! It's not perfect, but I think that's part of the attraction.
Has anyone else tried a bit of visible mending?