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22/09/2022

Weaving on a tiny scale

 With rain falling outside and this morning's work completed just in time (despite bumping into an acquaintance I'd not seen to talk to in nearly a decade making me run 45 minutes late) I am now sitting at the table with the radio quietly singing to the kitchen and a mug of tea which - if I am honest - I am not enjoying as much as I would like. Covid has left me with a distaste for dairy......

I thought I would use this quiet time to get started on another mending request. However - this one is not all about the show and tell but the invisibility of the patch. A form of Kaketsugi (because my version will never be as amazing as the Japanese artform) which entails finding a piece of fabric which matches, then gently unravelling enough thread on all four sides to weave in to make the original pattern.... easy right? Nope. It is a wonderful form of meditation and frustration in equal measure. I will get it done, I am determined to do so but I am on hold at the moment as I need a new needle threader - I just can not find mine. 


Fortunately these trousers have a pocket on the back which had been stitched shut which meant I could 'harvest' a decent sized patch. The hole was tatty and shredded so I neatened the edges and cut off the surplus threads.


Then began the enjoyably mindful task of gently' un-weaving' a row at a time until there was enough fabric to cover the hole but sufficient thread to weave back into the main body of the trousers.
Lining up the weave turned out to be a little problematic when I discovered that within the plaid patterning there were further smaller weave stitches which are different in each block, I knew the patch could only go one way otherwise it would not match - eek.

All the photos I have taken through my magnifying crafting light - something I sigh a sigh of relief each time I use it as it make dealing with the teeny tiny so so very much easier!

My biggest hiccup was the size of my needle. I had the perfect super slender bead needle which slipped through the weave with ease, the problem was threading it - even with a needle threader it was nigh on impossible. The next size up was also too difficult to thread so I finally settled on a slightly thicker one again and finally managed not only to thread up but to weave through.
I have just woven the cream and mustard threads (where my snippers are pointing) and I am pleased with the effect. Time to slurp a mug of tea with the barest of drops of milk and get on with it!


All I can say is .... watch this space (I won't say hold your breath - I may be quite some time weaving in those threads) this is super slow sewing at it's best!


22 comments:

  1. Oh my! My eyes would be crossed and my brain would be scrambled attempting this! You are amazing!

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    1. I love working on mini projects and this fed in to that love - but yes my eyes are crossing haha, thank you!

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  2. My GOODNESS Kate, that is a mammoth task you are tackling & even though I love sewing, not sure I could do it now. Have trouble seeing small cross stitch fabric these days. Am looking forward to seeing your fine workmanship when finished. Take care & hugs.

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    1. too small to be mammoth! 🐘haha - so far so good, hope I can do it justice 😊

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  3. "Respect", there is some serious work and concentration required for that mend, very best of luck.
    Sorry to hear about your post-Covid dairy problem, if it is any consolation you are not the only one πŸ˜’ - has your sense of smell and taste gone semi-AWOL as well? If so, hope you find them, am still looking for mine.

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    1. Blush - thank you. Yes, my taste and smell have definitely become semi-AWOL but so have chunks of my memory!

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  4. Good luck! It's not something I wish to try! I applaud you for trying this technique! x

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    1. I shall report back when I have (hopefully) completed this mission!

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  5. Wow. I am impressed. Such patience. Good luck with it. Sorry taste and smell not right yet. Especially sorry your mug of tea is not what it was before Covid. ❤️xx

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    1. Thank you :) I like messing around with the 'minute' and this fits in that bill. Tea - yup - missing the flavour but still quaffing it at indecent quantities as before!

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  6. Wow, this must be the "real" way to mending! Looks like the pants were worth the work. Very nice!

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    1. Thank you 😊They are a favourite pair apparently - so definitely worth the effort x

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  7. Wow, I too am in awe. That will be such a rewarding project I feel sure. I think my eyes would be struggling too as well as my brain trying to work out what I am doing!

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    1. Thank you! I am gently pleased how it is progressing - not perfect but definitely satisfying :D

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  8. Now that my dear is truly amazing with whistles on! x

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  9. That's incredible - I love a bit of mending but haven't seen this method before!
    I hope your taste comes back soon, that sounds very miserable, i know you love your mugs of tea as much as me! xxx

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  10. You are back!
    thank you - it is a style of mending I've wanted to try for quite some time but needed the 'right sort of hole and fabric combo' and these trousers were perfect!
    Tea is beginning to be more palatable thank you, but I suspect that my taste buds are still a little weird as other tastes (and smells) are quite off! xxx

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