Visible Mending (Giveaway)

Today I’m happy to share insights with you about a book, that was recently published by Martingale that is perfect for creative people of almost every age.  It takes mending to a whole new level, but I want to warn you that you may find yourself happily stitching the designs (and applying the techniques) to new clothes, even shopping Thrift Stores, just to have more projects that you can turn into clothing with creative stitching on them!  Aka this can become addictive, in a good way!badge for books with #creativegoodness copy

Visible Mending: Artful Stitchery to Repair and Refresh Your Favorite Things 5 techniques, 150+ photos, endless possibilities, by Jenny Wilding Cardon.



Rip in your jeans? Snag in a sweater? Tear in a tea towel? They all present an opportunity for one-of-a-kind creativity! With this fun introduction to unconventional mending techniques in a format that’s half how-to guide, half idea book, anyone can give worn and torn items new life.

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Start by learning hand-mending methods, including boro, embroidery, patching, and darning. Then rev up the sewing machine for fast mends that put the pedal to the metal. Even with a limited budget and not much time to spare, you can create eye-catching repairs with visible mending–35 examples and more than 150 photos make it easy to put your unique mark on everything you mend!


About the Author:

Jenny Wilding Cardon


Jenny Wilding Cardon has been creating with fabric since high school. Back then, she would design eccentric, rebellious items of clothing, and then make her friends wear them to school. After graduating from college in Utah with a degree in Women’s Studies, Jenny spent three years with her husband in Seattle, where she quickly caught the quilting bug from her coworkers at Martingale.

Jenny worked as a copywriter for Martingale one day short of 10 years before giving up her position to be a stay-at-home mom. In 2011, she returned to Martingale as their content editor, and now spends most of her work time writing for Martingale’s Stitch This! blog.

The birth of her first son inspired Jenny’s to write her first pattern collection, The Little Box of Baby Quilts (Martingale, 2007). Her second, the book ReSew (Martingale, 2011), paired her two creative outlets–thrifting and sewing. Jenny’s designs have also appeared on the covers of Quilts and More and Quilt It for Kids magazines, as well as in McCall’s Quilting and Simple Quilts and Sewing. 

Jenny lives on an acre in a Utah farming town with her husband and their two sons, Jack and Charlie. Since the commute to the Martingale office is 818.64 miles, the bosses typically allow her to work from home.


This book bursts the box of mending, taking it to an entirely new level.  Jenny articulates it perfectly “Visible Mending: Art, Craft and Creativity”.


Jenny also does a great job covering supplies, tools and techniques for 35 examples and more than 150 photos, many of which are inspirational for the very thorough sections in this book which include:

  • Boro Stitching, which is known as the Art of Japanese mending.
  • Hand Embroidery
  • Patches
  • Darning
  • Mending by Machine

b1457_05This really is a creative book, perfect for anyone interested in learning to do mending and/or create beautiful Art on clothing and/or a variety of fabric and knit items.  I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt or sewing shop.  Of course, if you don’t find it I hope you’ll let them know about it and that you would like to see them make it available in their store.  Don’t forget you can also check it out online in Martingale’s store, as well as Amazon.



Are you interesting in winning a  copy of this book?  QuiltShopGal will pay to mail a copy of this book, to any blog follower, any place in the world.  To enter, simply click the link below to enter using the Rafflecopter form:

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Update: Jean was randomly selected by the Rafflecopter tool and an email has been sent to her to notify her, that she is the lucky winner of this giveaway.  Congratulations to Jean!



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15 thoughts on “Visible Mending (Giveaway)

  1. What a great idea for a book! Mending and darning used to be taught in Home EC way way back in the ancient mists of time (well at least when I was in school…)! I do remember patching my favorite pair of jeans but this takes it to new levels of adornment!


  2. What a great way to extend the life of a favorite. I was working on mending a vintage Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt top, with a modern patchy feel, but decided the odor (clinging mustiness, even after several soaks) was more than I could ever stand to be around!!! And discarded the idea. But the next garment I can’t bear to part with.. may get a new lease!!!


  3. I have done plenty of mending over the years, but nothing quite so creative. I do remember embroidering a denim jacket in the 70’s.


  4. I would love to have this book! I’m the mender in chief for the family, extended family and neighborhood. always looking for creative ways to the “can you fix this?” question. I NEED this book! Thank you for the opportunity!


  5. This looks like a great book! I used to patch and embroider my jeans back in the 70’s, but haven’t done anything like that in years. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


  6. Lots of creative inspiration within these photos! I’d love to learn new ways to mend jeans, shirts and tote bags to make them more stylish and artsy. duchick at gmail dot com


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