Mending – minimum skills

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Here’s an old Icebreaker sweater now with soft elbow patches.

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It makes me happy to have rescued something useless back to life. I wonder sometimes if while mending the objects we also mend our soul. Or it just might be the bit of quiet mindful time.

Here’s another recent embellishment/repair. Aren’t they cute? Chipped mug and teapot repaired and embellished with Sugru, the moldable glue that turns into rubber when dry. This is the first time I’ve bought it, so I don’t know how strong its adhesion is. Maybe they will hold, maybe they won’t. So far it is looking promising. They’ve survived some rounds in the dishwasher.

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Both the sewing project and the Sugru project didn’t require any more skill than what we learn in elementary school. The results are great.

In a world where buying new would be often cheaper and faster, this kind of repair does not save money. It is a luxury and form of entertainment. It is, though, the most inexpensive kind of luxury.

Why I don’t do this more often is a mystery.

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