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Repair, Make, Mend

Hikaru Noguchi

96 pp.  
7 3/8" x 10"

Hawthorn Press


Published:  December 2019


Climate and economic change is making many of us rethink the ways we use resources by reusing and repairing our clothes, which has become a mark of pride and style. This is visible mending, more akin to embroidery and embellishment. It makes your favorite clothing even more personal and saves it from landfill.

  • Fully illustrated with color photography throughout
  • Detailed, step-by-step images
  • Easy to follow techniques—even for beginners
  • Plenty of inspiration for adventurous menders

Twelve darning Techniques are covered in detail with step-by-step instructions include: Seed stitch, square darning, Reversible darns, Seed and square darn, Triangular darns, English darning, Accordion darning, Appliqué, Reverse appliqué, Chain darning, Honeycomb Darning and the decorative Tambourine darning. Ten chapters cover mending sweaters, shirts, denim, items in the home as well as accessories, such as scarves and bags.

This is the first English edition of the cult darning book by Hikaru Noguchi, who has become the guru of visible darning in Japan. This detailed, step-by-step guide makes the methods easy to follow, even for non-sewers. The stylish photography highlights the artistic and minimalist style of the designer’s work.

  • “Hikaru’s book, Darning: Repair, Make, Mend, is an invaluable teaching resource. I use it at every workshop. The pictures, diagrams, and profiles are so inspiring. Mending clothes is an act of looking after yourself and others. It’s essential work that Hikaru does with grace and beauty.” —Celia Pym, textile artist

    “I’ve mended things since I learned to sew as a child and thought I knew my stuff. Everything changed when Hikaru invited me to Japan to host a darning workshop, alongside the launch of her book.  The school of Hikaru teaches that techniques of mending are never-ending. We love to mend, because we don’t want things to end, but as menders we continue to have new beginnings, just as the garments do. We are continually free to find new ways of doing things.” —Rachael Matthews, textile artist and writer

    “Colorful photography combined with an easily understood visual guide brings this wonderful book to life!” —Sanae Kido, textile surgery

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