There is an independent publishing company, Microcosm Publishing, based in Portland, Oregon. This is a publishing company with an edge – have a look at their website and you’ll see what I mean. They publish some very interesting series of books, and maybe I will explore that more fully in the future, but today, I want to tell you about one particular book.

Of all their offerings, Microcosm produces a series of craft books designed to promote a sustainable lifestyle. To examine the series, I read Raleigh Briggs’ Fix Your Clothes: The Sustainable Magic of Mending, Patching & Darning. The skills of mending clothes are a craft I know well, although I am very much an accomplished journeyman rather than a master.

Describing the craft of mending simply, with straightforward illustrations, this tiny text is all you need to learn how to mend your own clothing. You can read this book in an afternoon, so that you know how it’s organized for future reference, or you can keep it with your sewing basket and pick it up when you need it. After reading this book, I saw myself in my mind’s eye mindfully repairing my clothing from a beautiful sewing basket or pouch in a corner of my living room.

Why not have a look at this book and then imagine yourself, seated in a comfortable place, stitching regular stitches, repairing a hem or sewing on a button. Nothing could be more perfect.


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