Day 19: Mending - Sashiko Repair

The days are flying by now! I can't believe I've been wearing this dress for 19 days! 

For the next couple days I'm going to be talking about mending. I have very little knowledge or experience in sewing and mending (I can mend my own socks and tiny holes in clothes, but that's about it) which is unfortunate since many of my extended family members were amazing at textile repair and even making their own clothes.

Born a generation too late I guess.

Since this project started, I've made a promise to learn a new skill that would support more ownership of my clothing. And it just so happened that I stumbled upon on a Japanese mending technique called sashiko. This is what I want to learn! I think it's so beautiful and really jives with my style as well. I've included some more information and an awesome video showing the process as well. 

What is sashiko? 

Sashiko (literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery.

BONUS! This is a video that I wanted to share mostly because of the few nuggets of information that this man shares about Japanese textiles.