Repaired Things

Stitched Up Bumper
October 8, 2013, 8:28 pm
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Very impressive.

Submitted by Charles Schultz.


Patch Happy!
June 3, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Workshop lead by Sewing Rebellion NYC at NURTUREart, May 27, 2012

Photos by Tsubasa Berg

Sandals: A Repair Saga
April 28, 2012, 1:40 pm
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I wore this pair of sandals the whole 7 months I was in India. Pretty soon, the soles started wearing thin. I could feel pebbles through the soles. So, when these kids approached me at a train station and offered to repair them for me, I asked them to make an insert.

The insert fell out pretty quickly since it wasn’t sewn in properly, so in Vrindavan, I had this cobbler sew in a proper insert for the heel. Perfecto.

Eventually, that wore down too, and a cobbler in Bangalore sewed an entire new sole to the bottoms of the existing ones. New treads!

No photo of the last repair, but I had another Bangalorean cobbler tighten the strap that goes between your toes. 3 years later and they’re still a major component of my summer gear!

A friend said they are probably one of the only pairs of cobbled Airwalks in the world.

Tote Bag
April 21, 2012, 3:07 pm
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Langmusi China, 2006. One handle had pulled off my tote bag, and this guy stitched it back on and reinforced the other one.

Very cool sewing machine! Looks like he’s mainly a cobbler.

Japanese Boro Textiles
January 16, 2012, 2:27 pm
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Boro Cotton Kimono, Yamagata Prefecture (Northern Japan) c. 1900

“Boro textiles were made in the late 19th and early 20th century by impoverished Japanese people from reused and recycled indigo-dyed, cotton rags. What we see in these examples are typical—patched and sewn, piece-by-piece, and handed down from generation-to-generation, where the tradition continued. These textiles are generational storybooks, lovingly repaired and patched with what fabric was available. Never intended to be viewed as a thing of beauty, these textiles today take on qualities of collage, objects of history, and objects with life and soul.” — via Accidental Mysteries

This image (via Wafu Works) reminds me of Tsubasa’s Jeans, which his mother has mended over and over again.

Tote Bag
January 11, 2012, 9:54 pm
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The seam was unraveling so I reinforced it with a special X stitch!

Repaired Elbow
December 8, 2010, 9:11 pm
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“I split open my elbow today after I took a spill. It wasn’t that big of a cut, just deep. Since it was on the joint, I needed to close it up. I gave myself a few stitches with some fine fishing line-ish thread I had.  My bandage is printed to look like toast.” — Eric Clausen

Here’s an Instructable on the subject.