I have always been a patcher. As a teenager I had jeans that, over the years became more of a mosaic of fabric patches then actual jeans. First I patched every hole that wore through the denim, then I patched every hole that wore through the patches.
To me it was an act of love, comfort and salvation. To my dear mother, it was an embarrassment, as she was more then eager to buy me new. But, for whatever reason, I have always found patched cloth to be extra special, (which is probably why I have added patches to so many of my quilts).
Noticing that I had some clothes that had been waiting for some mending a bit longer then I had planned, I decided to make amends with them by creating some extra special handwoven patches.
I began by weaving a length of fabric in different colors from 80/2 cotton yarn, set at 20 ends per inch. It was then washed, dried and pressed, before cutting the sections apart, and backing them each with a complimentary cotton fabric. Then I stitched me up a bunch of patches.
And now, some clothes are off the mending pile, which is always a good feeling!
I made enough patches for me and my needs, along with some extras to put in the shop, where they can be found here.
Noun: A piece of cloth or other material used to mend or strengthen a torn or weak point.
Verb: Mend or strengthen (fabric or an item of clothing) by putting a piece of material over a hole or weak point in it.