Embroidered Patches | Visible Mending

This month’s Aurifil Artisan challenge is embroidery, and I’ve been working on something that brings me a ton of joy – embroidered patches!

I am really passionate about visible mending; about keeping otherwise-still-wearable clothing out of landfills, buying clothing used, and holding on to pieces that fit me well and that I love for a long time to come. I’m always looking for new and creative ways to mend my clothing, and this was a new one that was so much fun to try!

I hand-embroidered patches onto pieces of scrap fabric and wool felt using Aurifloss thread. I love the wool felt because the edges don’t fray, making it a really great choice for a patch.

I bought this jean jacket at the thrift store for a couple of dollars. I love the color and the fit, and it still has a ton of life left in it. It also has a couple of holes in the front, which I wanted to address before they become a bigger issue.

What better way to spruce it up than with a patch! I added the heart patch to the front of the jacket, not only adding a statement and uniqueness to the garment, but also extending its life by protecting the area from becoming a bigger problem.

I still have some scrap wool left, so I think I’ll keep making patches. It will be fun to have a whole collection of them to choose from when I have a garment that needs mending. Plus, it is a fun project that is easy to take with me on-the-go and satisfying to complete!

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