“Oi! Wimpy here, to guide you through the process of taking better care of your woollen garb. I can go on and on about this lovely, natural material and its impressive benefits. Wool keeps me warm during the winter and cool in the summer. Wool fibres are breathable and absorb large quantities of moisture, evaporating it into the air. It’s antimicrobial, which mostly means your woollens are pretty odour resistant. I’ve never met a sheep that didn’t smell fantastic! If you have ever had any wool garments, you know there’s something special about them.
Sadly, the production of wool has a pretty big impact on our planet. Sheep need lots of land and produce tons of methane (excuse me). The conditions for these sheep are sometimes quite poor, but it is possible to buy organic, mulesing-free wool which is much more friendly to us and the rest of the planet. Pay close attention to where materials came from, and under which conditions they were produced, when shopping for new wool.
Better yet, buy your woollen items second hand! I’ve got some tricks up my sleeves – and inside this box – to help you bring endless life to your woollies. Use the needles and wool together with my wooden tools to keep them in tip-top shape.
But let’s also not forget the woollen garb already in your closet, the most sustainable option! Those socks with the hole, your pilled jumper, that musty scarf your nan made you. There are plenty of techniques I can show you to revive, personalise, and make them last even longer. To sum it up: fix your clothes, look cool, save money, save wool!”
5 types of mending yarn
from Schoppel Wolle
with Lauraine Meyer illustrations
5 x felting wool
from Kinderdijk by Koperdraadje
tutorial and laundry poster
needle holder + storage
darning base for socks and jumpers
fuzz remover and felting base
Wimpy will teach the following techniques:
Wimpy’s kit comes with printed and video tutorials to make it extra easy to understand how the techniques are done. You can litteraly learn them in minutes. Get a preview below or already get started on the instructions page. And why not start upgrading your laundry skills today? Check out the care page.
Picking a laundry detergent doesn’t have to be difficult, remember that wool is hair and hair likes shampoo. You can use any mild shampoo, like our shampoo bar. Just rub it into the stains and boarders of your sweater and wash it out.
If you have really nasty stains such as grease stains you can also use the cleaning soap to rub them in, leave them overnight and wash out.
Lizzie is a very creative mender who goes wild with techniques and colour! She focuses mainly on knitwear and has a lovely collection of mended socks that will inspire for sure. Lizzie also teaches workshops and has a mending service on instagram.
Celia is an artist living and working in London. She has been exploring damage and repair in textiles since 2007. Working with garments that belong to individuals as well as items in museum archives, she has extensive experience with the spectrum and stories of damage, from small moth holes to larger accidents with fire. Her interests concern the evidence of damage, and how repair draws attention to the places where garments and cloth wear down and grow thin.
Tom van Deijnen a.k.a. Tom of Hollands mends in the UK. He really makes a project from his holes and studies them very carefully, looks into archives and uses historical techniques that not only makes his designs very special but his popular blog too! Tom has exhibited in many musea and collaborates with major designer brands such as Burberry, yet he also volunteers every last sunday of the month in the Brighton Repair Cafe where he passes on his skill.
Antwerp based textile artist Eva Vebruggen knows more crafts that you can name. In her workshop in Antwerp she teaches many of them, besides she has a webshop with crafts supplies and even finds time to work on her art and share that on instagram. You can imagine someone this skilled, creative and energetic will take advantage of every hole that crosses her path.
Find whatever is trending in the world of visible mending on any moment by using this hashtag. You might use this hashtag on Pinterest too to find even more examples and even tutorials to get you inspired and started right away. Good news; almost any technique could be done with the Wimpy tools.
The Cooper Hewitt museum in New York, posted this article about the history of mending and sustainability on their blog, very interesting!
Anne Schlüter from Lucerne, Switzerland, has developed a very clean mending style. Sometimes it’s hard to see whether her designs are repairs or part of the initial design. If you like perfection you will definitely be inspired but be aware, it’s hard to develope this kind of skill! But don’t worry, Anne has a mending service too or follow one of her mending workshops.
Evelien is a real knitter, but like, a technical knitter who knows any stitch in the world. She also knows any darning stitch in the world and makes wonderful test patches and even teaches workshops for the advanced menders. As a museum archivist she specializes in old Dutch techniques, that were in the past often though in ‘domestic school’. This job brings her a lot of inspiration and she creates her own patterns and instructions that are also available for free on her website :).