To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- mend a hole in a glove or mitten
To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- the hole in the glove or mitten before mending
- tools and materials you will use for the mend
- mending in progress
- the newly mended hole in your mitten or glove
For winter chores, I wear two pairs of gloves; a lined cotton work glove on the outside, and a thinner fleece-type glove under that. As you can see, the brown work gloves have become very worn, especially the right-hand glove.
Rather than replace them, I decided to mend them. I used two different techniques, patching the hole in the red work glove lining and darning the rest of the holes.
I used part of an old sock for the patch and embroidery thread for the darning.
I wasn't sure if these cycling mittens I made for my partner fit here or if they belong in the leather glove/mitten area as they are woolen mittens with leather pads in the high-abrasion areas.
In use, these mittens have worn out just outside of the leather pad, with some loss of material right around the seam. The original pad didn't account perfectly for how the fingers would sit while holding the handlebars and hitting the shifters. A second hole developed at the thumb insertion as this point is where the handlebar is sitting while at rest while riding. I mended the stitching in part of this area, but decided this area needed a patch to cover some of the open area and thus reduce the stress on the surrounding seams.
I turned it inside-out, attached them firmly with many small stitches across the entire patch, but not visible on the outside (good thick wool melton helps with this), and then turned it right-side out, did a round of reinforcing stitches to tie in the fraying edges, and attached some new leather pads to reduce future wear in these newly discovered high-stress areas.
I have this wonderful pair of leather gloves lined with cashmere. They got a lot of holes in the lining and I was loathe to just get rid of them. Thanks to permies I've learned about darning. I've been working on them for a few days now and will have all the holes darned soon. I couldn't find cashmere available, so I opted for merino wool. It's not as soft, but easy to darn.