Friday, October 26, 2007


0710 vintage mended bedsheet
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Whoever bought this bedsheet first chose quality (well, the label says so!). There's something touching and thrifty and humble about the stitching across the top hem to strengthen a section worn by time and use. A different mindset to what you mostly see today, to mend and thus preserve the usefulness of the larger item. It's not particularly expert-looking stitching/mending, either - s/he might not have been quite sure of what to do, or particularly handy with a needle, but had enough determination (or need) to do something rather than let the whole sheet become torn and useless.

1 comment:

Taphophile said...

Quite moving and has reminded me of my mother topping and tailing our flat sheets by cutting them across the worn middle section, rotating the tops and bottoms and stitching them together again. A lot of our kid's sheets were done this way.