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The question is, does one darn or patch? Each mending job calls for a different technique. The size and location of the damage determines which one should choose.
In the past, most needleworkers learned this craft at their mother’s side, but today this is rare. In the March/April 1997 issue of PieceWork, contributor Kax Wilson recalled her mother’s time spent mending during the early twentieth century.
Net embroidery was fairly simple to do but required patience. Catherine would have traced the design on paper or cloth, then basted cotton bobbinet over it, keeping the net straight and not too tight as she mounted it on a simple pasteboard frame.