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28 Jul 2011

Creative mending – Part 2: Patches



Patches are a good option when you have to mend a hole that's too large or irregular. Though you can make patches in any shape, prefer round ones when the area to cover is subject to stretching.

1. Cut a circle of cardboard (cereal box cardboard works good) and draw a grid on it. The circle here is roughly 9 cm of diameter with a grid of 4 mm. Draw an inner circle 4 mm smaller and cut slits in all vertical lines. Don't go through the inner circle line.
2. Secure the tail of your yarn on the back with masking tape and start running the vertical threads through the slits until you cover the whole circle.
3. Start weaving in the middle using a blunt needle. Go under the first thread, then over the second one, under the following and so on. In the next row invert the sequence: go over the the first one (note you are working now from the opposite side), under the next one and then over the following thread and so on. The third row starts from the same side as the first one following the same sequence.
4. You can change the colours of the yarn or experiment with different sequences, for example, going over two threads and under one for a herringbone effect.
5. When finished remove carefully the cardboard circle or tear it if necessary.
6. Hand wash your patch, weave in all tails and sew it to the material to be mended, tucking in all the border loops.

In my next post I'll show you how the patches look sewn. If you have any questions just write me and I'll be glad to help.

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Los parches son una buena opción cuando lo que se necesita remendar es muy grande o tiene bordes irregulares. Aunque los parches se pueden hacer con cualquier forma, prefiere los redondos cuando el área donde se van a aplicar está sujeta a estiramientos.

1. Corta un círculo de cartón (el cartón de las cajas de cereales funciona bien) y dibuja una grilla en éste. Este círculo mide aprox. 9 cm de diámetro con una grilla de 4 mm. Dibuja un círculo al interior 4 mm más pequeño y haz pequeños cortes en todas las líneas verticales. No pases de la línea del círculo interior.
2. Fija con cinta de papel por el reverso el extremo de la lana y comienza a pasar las hilos verticales a través de las hendiduras hasta completar todo el círculo.
3. Empieza a tejer en el medio usando una aguja de punta roma. Pasa por debajo del primer hilo, luego sobre el segundo, debajo del siguiente y así sucesivamente. En la siguiente corrida invierte la secuencia: pasa sobre el primer hilo (fíjate que ahora se trabaja desde el lado opuesto), bajo el segundo y luego sobre el siguiente y así. La tercera corrida comienza del mismo lado de la primera y siguiendo la misma secuencia.
4. Puedes ir variando los colores de la lana o experimentar con distintas secuencias, por ejemplo, pasar sobre dos hilos y bajo uno para un efecto de espiga.
5. Cuando esté terminado remueve cuidadosamente el círculo de cartón, rómpelo si es necesario.
6. Lava a mano tus parches, mete con la aguja todos los extremos sueltos y cóselo al material que va a ser remendado, doblando hacia adentro todos los lacitos del borde.

En mi próximo post les muestro cómo se ven los parches ya cosidos. Si tienen alguna pregunta, escríbanme y estaré feliz de ayudar.

39 comments :

Trula said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I'd love to give it a try.

Natalia said...

Son super bonitos!!!! La idea es genial! el día que me ponga te los enseñaré!! mil gracias por compartirlo! ^__^

Rosa Pomar said...

Lizette said...

me gusta que se ven como posa vasos tambien :)

riotyarn said...

I love this idea. Perfect craft inspiration.

unadani said...

lo haré!
ya hice el del tutorial para los calcetines chilotes :)
karen deberias hacer unos miniworshops de estas cosas + te y galletas, te iria super extra bien!

Claire said...

Thanks for sharing this :-) I have made and used a cardboard loom before but your method looks a lot simpler.

Jesse said...

Wow! What a clever and beautiful way to mend things.

Kylie said...

Karen, this is just fabulous! Thank you so much - I love this :) Kx

jonahliza said...

thank you for this lovely diy post. i love reading your blog. your work is so inspiring <3

Anacleta Coqueta said...

Preciosos, voy a romperme un pantalón para poder ponerle un parche ;-))

Peas and Needles said...

definitely going to be making these... thank you for the diy! such lovely work!

Anonymous said...

super!!!

going to make this.

Katerina FF
Greece

Frances said...

Karen, every time I visit this special site of yours, I discover that you have made something delightful! This use of cardboard to create a very portable little loom is very clever.

I will definitely like to try this technique. I also wanted to compliment you on your other recent posts, which are filled with beautiful creativity. May I ask what sort of loom is pictured on your sunny table...the loom that you used to create the soft wool cushion cover? Best wishes. xo

Karen Barbé said...

Ladies – I'm so happy to read your comments. Thank you! Gracias por sus comentarios!

Unadani – Me gusta tu idea!!!!

Anacleta – jajajaja yo también ando buscando a qué pegarle los parches!!!!

Frances – I have an Ashford 8-shaft table loom. Are you planning to enter into the weaving world? :)

Jujulieta said...

lindo post, lindas fotos, lindas explicaciones! gracias Karen!

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Me has inspirado de verdad! Ya se me ocurre que hacer con ellos. Si me sale, lo enseñaré. Gracias por tu generosidad.

Jasmin said...

love the combination of paper and yarn. You don't even 'need' a hole in your pullover for these lovely patches :)

Frances said...

Karen, thank you very much for the loom info. My mom was the weaver in the family and had lots of looms. I once had a very simple table loom that she gave me, and used it a bit before, at her request, returning it to her for some of her projects. I am facinated by how much can be done with very fundamental looms, some made from wood, some made from ... cereal boxes. What I really love about your work is how your skill and imagination is able to translate traditional, even ancient, themes and techniques into very contemporary beauty. Bravo! And yes, even though I wonder why I cannot find time to draw or paint or ...whatever, I am definitely feeling the pull of the weaving discipline. xo

karine {Pieni} said...

Wonderfull Karen.
I am gonna try this on my old favorite pecky cardigan.

Patricia said...

Qué buen blog!!! debo decir que tu pag fue lo que me motivo a tomar los hilos después de aaaaños y comenzar a bordar nuevamente, y fue grato al revisar antiguas publicaciones ver fotos de mi úlitma adicción; el telar de cintura!!! Pura vanguardia por acá. Saludos

handmaderomance said...

oh these are so gorgeous! i want to make holes in things just so i can mend them... : )

ElisabethAndrée said...

Gosh, I love these!! Thank you for posting this, what a huge inspiration!

fanja said...

Karen, you're the best!

Megan V said...

I love these sooo much!! When I saw this, I instantly grabbed my embroidery floss to try making my own! It came out perfectly - with the exception that I don't know how to weave the ends in. I suppose my ends weren't long enough to weave in! Any tips??

Karen Barbé said...

Megan – Ends should be at least 2" to weave them in easily. You want to weave the ends in along the horizontal or vertical threads using the same needle, whatever makes them less conspicuous. If your ends are too short, use a crochet or knit picker. If you plan to sew your woven circles, you can always leave all the tails just inside the patch and not worry about them at all (I did that when sewing them to my coat).

Good luck.

Sweet Athena said...

What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing!

Julie Lapointe of La Datcha said...

Beautiful colors and textures, thank you for sharing your technique!

anna said...

This is so lovely!

Nauli said...

Karen, what a beautiful idea! I've instantly 3 things in mind where a patch like this is missing!
Thank's for sharing. A lovely weekend for you!

Kristen said...

I love this! I hope you don't mind if I ask where you get your lovely yarns?

Moni said...

Hermoso!!! Acabo de descubrir tu blog y tu trabajo... soñado!!!
Felicitaciones...
Este tutorial me encantó!!!
Moni
www.reciclaresrevivir.blogspot.com
Pd: sigo leyendo y deleitándome con tu trabajo!!!

Superkitina said...

Que cosa mas preciosa! los vi hace tiempo por internet y me encantaron pero nunca conseguí llegar al origen! y hoy, de casualidad me los encuentro. Que emoción!!! ;)

Je suis une monstre said...

Thank you for the beautiful and very original tutorial! I have lots of clothes that need some colourful repairs - I will be trying this out pronto! Katie. xxx

Maca Guillen said...

que linda idea!!! <3

Aneta Hayne said...

Beautiful :) Looking forward playing with this fun project :)

Sally Ann said...

Lovely! These are so beautiful! I have put a link onto my blog as well, hope you dont mind?

jackie said...

Thank you for sharing.

Vicki Smith said...

love it!