A historical statement on mending

“My wife made attractive dresses from low-priced mill ends; her old ones she made over for the children.  My clothes became marvels of reconstruction.  Small patches patched large patches, and larger patches covered all; these in turn were spotted with smaller patches until Joseph’s coat of many colors was patched on my shirt.  When all strata of a garment wore out, my wife tore them into strips and knitted them into thick warm rugs with a pair of needles I made of a springy wire barrel hoop.”

Charles Vindex, describing life near Plentywood Montana in 1931.

From Montana History Museum, in Helena MT.

Thank you Faux Frau Margery for sharing this statement on mending.

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