Monday, 12 December 2016

Monday's Mending Pile

Lately, I've been mindful of the fact that I need a winter coat.

Unwilling to dish out seventy dollars for a new zipper and heaven knows I'm not willing to do it myself especially when I've been feeling under the weather.

Oh good grief, who am I kidding? I wouldn't even be willing to replace the zipper on a down-filled coat if I were feeling better and had all the materials to do so. I'm not into that kind of self-inflicted punishment.  

Nicole Salimbene:  Mending 2016

Since my work life involves spending quite a bit of time in the great outdoors, I really cannot go without a winter coat, especially now that winter-like weather has finally arrived. So what's a gal to do?

Buttons. I'm going to tackle this mending project with buttons found in Mama R's button collection. As I searched for these buttons, enjoyed the weight and sound they made while I scooped them up in my hands, to the sounds they made against the fabric of my coat as I stitched, I thought that Nicole Salimbene was onto something with this insight,
By drawing attention to the art of mindfulness practice and to the act of threading a single needle, Mending encourages us to contemplate the stitch-by-stitch process that may lead to transformations in our lives and in the world.
Mending as a mindfulness practice. Shut the front door! This is absolutely true. Sewing buttons, just as mending, threading a needle or stitching, can absolutely be seen as a mindful practice. Just like being aware of one's breathing, there is a rhythm associated with stitching that quiets our inner world.  That's why we sew, it's relaxing.

In turn, it changes our perception of the outer world. And in the process, I ended up with a much-needed wearable winter coat and a calmer mind. What a wonderful theory.

So why is it that I dread mending most of the time allowing my mending pile to grow?

Oh yeah, sometimes things don't go as planned.

Thankfully, a few deep breathes, exhale, pick up seam ripper and repeat, it worked out in the end. So, what about that theory? I guess there is something to it, thinking of sewing / mending as a mindfulness activity certainly cut down the frustration that happened with less-than-perfect buttonholes. According to Dr. Sarah McKay, research has shown that textile crafting share positive characteristics and outcomes with mindfulness and meditation. Hmmm, maybe I just need to throw on some mediation tapes CDs, be mindful of the process, have that seam ripper close at hand, and just get to work.

Happy Mending!


  1. So clever!!!! Buttons!!! I thought the threaded needles pic was a strange photo of hair in a brush at first.
    Great post, but you didn't sell me on mending. I do like machine darning though.

    1. Thanks, it's been working with keeping out the cold so I'm quite happy it worked out in the end. I haven't sold myself on meditative mending, but it did help taking a few deep breathes when the buttonholer was working the way it should.

  2. Way to go.... I love mending, and Harvey usually has something for me to mend, or even darn. I find it relaxing.

    God bless.

    1. I wish I could find it relaxing... maybe the practice of meditative mending will help on that path ;)


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