I think it happened slowly, over years, perhaps...this obsession about repairing stuff.
My Darning Socks tutorial was blogged here.
Economics are a factor, of course, but I think my views were originally shaped when I read in the book, Gone With The Wind, about the old families being proud of the pre-war Irish Linen that had been repaired beautifully. It was more of a status symbol to have beautifully repaired table linens than to be nouveau riche and have brand new table linens to show off. It would take a whole blog post to try to explain that from the perspective of a 13th generation Southerner.
So in this journey of frugality, recycling or reclaiming, I've been trying to tackle the clothes repairs as the clothes come out of the dryer. While folding clothes, if I spot a problem, I try to repair it that day. I make myself repair something every day before I can sew something for fun.
In order to not become discouraged, I also refuse to think about the huge tub of items awaiting repairs that I could not finish on some particular day. They are mostly out of season clothes now, so maybe no one will miss them until next spring! HA!
So lets review this Repair Thing that continues around here.
1. Repair power steering belt on old workhorse farm truck
2. Stumped on repairs to dryer because the replacement parts have changed. Yep. The dryer is only 17 years old! LOL To be continued.
3. Repair one burner on gas stove. First time in over three years that burner has worked. YEAH, Gordon and Unc!
4. Computer repairs in progress. If a Cobbler's family has no shoes, then a Computer Geek's family is last on the list to have computer repairs
5. Fence in back yard has been reinforced and raised higher. Mackie (our Westie Special Forces dog) had learned how to climb the fence. I kid you not! Thank you, Unc and Gordon!!!
6. Wood burning fireplace has a new hatch for sweeping ashes out of the fireplace, down a little tunnel to be removed outside. OK, still have to move shrub with stickers that is blocking the exit door, but "We're Making Progress", my mantra.
7. Lots of progressive maintenance like sharpening chainsaws, sharpening scissors, sharpening knives, sharpening meat grinder parts, etc.
I'm sure I've missed some stuff. It has been a busy week and we have all been tired to the bone at the end of the day. On top of that, poor Gordon has a cold.
Now for sewing repairs, the original purpose of this post:
1. Repaired rip in sheet fresh from dryer. Ok, this is overkill, I admit. I was also practicing my quilting stitches. It is like a WAR on REPAIRS attitude...If this rip thinks it is gonna grow in my lifetime, it has another think coming! This sheet had better disintegrate before this repair fails! LOL
But I have discovered why you see old vintage fabric items, quilts, clothes, etc...with repairs done in fabrics that have NO color relationship to the colors in the item to be repaired.
The little woman of the house was just too darned tired to get up and go find a fabric scrap in the right colors! It took all of the OCD that I could muster to go find the tan piece for the top side of this sheet repair. By the time I got to the piece for the underside of the sheet, I could have cared less if it was Fuchia! LOL
The sheet is one of our utilitarian sheets, not one of my "good sheets". No one but Gordon and I will see this sheet. It doesn't matter if the underside patch is not quite large enough and is not a good match for the sheet. (Can you hear me strugging with my perfectionism?)
2. Repaired a hand towel that had a frayed edge. I also darned a hole in a towel and darned a hole in a pair of pants. Sorry, no pictures. Those last two items are already back in service. We'll have a whole post on towel preservation...later.
3. First on this afternoon's agenda was performing a Squeak-ectomy on one of Jenny's rabbits. It had to be restuffed, and a huge gaping hole had to be sutured. Jenny was very involved in the squeaky rabbit surgery, and she kept trying to steal the patient before it was out of surgery.
The yellow chenille bedspread was our first bedspread for our king size bed. It has been with us for almost seven years. It has faded from a buttery yellow to an ecru. It is almost threadbare. It started ripping in places, but because I have slept with this chenille almost every night of our marriage, I just cannot part with it. It is my Linus Blankie.
So I decided to start covering the repaired rips with pretty fabric. Fabric that represented something that ws going on in our lives at that time. I'm sewing patches on both sides of this chenille. One day it will be entirely covered in pretty quilt fabric and hand quilting. It will be something of a crazy quilt or a string quilt, but with more symbolism. You'll have to wait for the separate post to learn more of the symbolism of this "Marriage Quilt".
This Repair Obsession has even sparked some new projects. I've been playing with wood filler on some of Unc's rejected turned wood items. When I've finished with this holiday decorating project, I will blog it in detail. It morphs something my family did during the Depression to decorate for Christmas into an equally frugal decoration with a more modern twist.*grin*
Practicing with wood filler is preparing me for some of the renovation projects to come. OK, now that I have done two sewing repairs for today, I get to play... IF I have any energy left! LOL
What have you been repairing lately?