Bespoke Visible Mending Service

I’m passionate about extending the life of your jumpers! So I’m offering you a bespoke, artisan visible mending and darning service, to bring your old jumpers back to life with creative repairs to fix holes, cover stains, reinforce elbows and turn your knitwear into something unique to you.

If you have an old favourite jumper that’s been sitting at the back of your wardrobe because of moth holes, worn elbows, or general wear and tear, and you would like to me creatively and visibly mend it, please email me info@collingwoodnorrisdesign.com with a description of the jumper and the areas in need of repair, and a photos of the issues. I will then discuss my ideas for mending it, give you a quote and discuss the time frame.

It’s time to get excited about those pieces in your wardrobe that you’d given up on!

Customer comments on receiving their knitwear back:

“The 'darning' is fantastic. You are so talented. Both garments have been re born and will be part of my active wardrobe once more. I will not hesitate to tell anyone who asks ( or who doesn't ) about your service.”

“Got my visibly mended cardigan back and I LOVE it! It’s even better than when it was new. Thank you so much”

“It is just beautiful, I love it. Your work is exquisite.”

“It’s so special and so finely finished-so pleased I got you to mend it. I’ve been wearing it non stop ever since it arrived back. It’s a little work of art”

“I am overjoyed at the rejuvenation of my knitwear. You are a complete Scottish treasure.”

The “before“ picture of a cashmere cardigan with a hole in the elbow, and the colours the client preferred to match.

The “before“ picture of a cashmere cardigan with a hole in the elbow, and the colours the client preferred to match.

Work in progress on the elbow mend- it involved covering the hole and reinforcing the worn area around the hole. Two methods were needed to repair it.

Work in progress on the elbow mend- it involved covering the hole and reinforcing the worn area around the hole. Two methods were needed to repair it.

Colourful darns for an elbow patch. This is an example of the more “basic” package I offer- practical repairs that look good, with a bit of creativity in the mending.

Colourful darns for an elbow patch. This is an example of the more “basic” package I offer- practical repairs that look good, with a bit of creativity in the mending.



How the Visible Mending Service Works

I offer two options for the visible mending service:

Visible mending and darning service: this is a more basic package, where I will darn and mend your knitwear by hand, in a colourful way that’s creative, so that your holes and worn patches are repaired. They will be beautiful and functional. This is a creative design process, but it’s quicker than the statement service below.

Statement visible mending service: for this package I will repair the holes and worn areas of your garment as above, and then turn them into more of a feature. This will make each previous flaw in your jumper or cardigan a small artwork! It takes significantly longer to do this as creating designs takes time, and is charged accordingly.

My Promise to You

You will receive a very personal service- I will discuss colours with you, and what style of creative mend you might like, wash and press each piece and give it a good inspection. All mends are done by hand, using the finest materials, such as cashmere, lambswool and silk, and great care and attention goes into each one to make your knitwear the best it can be again.

I can guarantee that when it’s finished, your knitwear will be as unique as you are!

 
An example of creative mending. This is an old jumper of mine that was almost worn through at the elbows and had a stain at the front. I decided to reinforce the elbows with creative elbow “patches” and create a decorative design to cover the stain at the front.

An example of creative mending. This is an old jumper of mine that was almost worn through at the elbows and had a stain at the front. I decided to reinforce the elbows with creative elbow “patches” and create a decorative design to cover the stain at the front.

A pair of cashmere gloves that I’ve kept going for 2 years now- they’re a constant work in progress as new holes keep appearing and the original mends are now wearing through at the top of the fingers. I get a lot of wear from them and enjoy them even more as they evolve.

A pair of cashmere gloves that I’ve kept going for 2 years now- they’re a constant work in progress as new holes keep appearing and the original mends are now wearing through at the top of the fingers. I get a lot of wear from them and enjoy them even more as they evolve.

A repaired hole on a cuff of a cashmere cardigan- an example of the creative visible mending service, turning the darned area into a small design feature.

A repaired hole on a cuff of a cashmere cardigan- an example of the creative visible mending service, turning the darned area into a small design feature.

 

Would you like to host a workshop? Please get in touch by emailing me info@collingwoodnorrisdesign.com!

 
An elbow hole before mending.

An elbow hole before mending.

Work in progress to mend the hole.

Work in progress to mend the hole.

The finished elbow mend, covering the hole and strengthening the surrounding area.

The finished elbow mend, covering the hole and strengthening the surrounding area.

Caring for Your Knitwear

If you’d like some tips for caring for your knitwear I have written a few journal posts about it:

5 Tips on how to care for your knitwear

Washing you lambswool knitwear

You can also find a selection of blogs about visible mending, with examples of projects from start to finish in the journal.

There is a big issue with waste in the fashion and textile industry, so this is a great way to help reduce the amount of clothing heading to landfill.