Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts

Sasquatch. Mar. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781632172525. $24.95. CRAFTS
Nina and Sonya Montenegro’s lovely book simultaneously serves as a carefully illustrated, pragmatic guide for would-be menders and a beautiful study in what it means to let go of notions about what is and isn’t disposable. They weave detailed advice about how to repair clothing—beginning with a list of supplies and moving through techniques used to fix everything from socks to down jackets—with anecdotes of when and how they learned about fixing things in life. The meditations on what is irreparable and when we can take what has been split ripped or unraveled and return it to a new state of wholeness are grounded in personal experiences.
VERDICT A book to use long after the first reading. Like the garments the authors so carefully tend to, these pages are sure to take on the stains of well-worn, well-loved readings.
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