The marks of wear

Just noticed these tender tracings left behind; darker blue lines left behind where the sheltering red thread has worn out.

Boro Evolution

Left leg, 9th October 2013 I was looking through my photos today, and I was struck by how much my jeans have changed. In the first picture here the front of the left leg is almost intact although you can see where I have reinforced the fragile original material with the first layers of patch…

Boro Jeans

It’s just over two years since I began mending my one pair of jeans. The first two patches were over the kneecaps: on the left knee is a piece of my godson’s traditional Norwegian naming day shirt and on the right a bit of tweed from his sisters’ coat. I am very hard on the…

Defining Beauty

True beauty has little or nothing to do with fashion or age and a whole lot to do with being comfortable in your own skin, with your own skin. Folds and crumples and worn bits and all. My jeans become more and more beautiful to me as they age and evolve. I know this is…

Red Thread

‘All we love deeply becomes part of us.’ This is one of my Red Threads: the interlacing and entwining of the fabric of my jeans with the fabric of my self. Every stitch taken in the darning of my jeans involves the fabric more deeply and irreversibly with the beingness of my self. I am…

Fragile Fabric

Fragility Elderberry cordial My jeans are fragile after lots of wild-food gathering this autumn. Scrambling through brambles and heather is tough on fragile old fabric! The layers of erosion and repair in my jeans make me think of the soil ecosystem: leaf litter building up is like the layers of patch and stitch, but without…

Boro and Travelling

Darning on the train Journeying from Scotland to Norway and down the back of the left leg of my jeans.  When in the middle of make-do-and-mend, travelling by train is good. There is a wee bit of room to spread out materials and tools – scissors, needles, patching material and darning threads. There’s even a…

Walnut ink

Two layer screen print using two mixes of home made walnut ink. Walnut ink screen print on darned vintage sheet After many failed and splodgy attempts at making and printing with walnut ink, I have finally worked out how to get ink that is thick enough to squeegee through a silk screen. It goes nicely…