The problem with holes
Jetzt zu Beginn der Marktsaison finde ich mich in der gleichen Situation wie wohl die meisten Teilnehmer historischer Veranstaltungen: Die gesamte Ausrüstung wird aus dem Winterschlaf geholt, und mitten zwischen dem Neubau fehlender Stücke stellt man plötzlich fest, dass man ja schon den ganzen Winter Brandlöcher vom vergangenen Jahr beseitigen wollte, dass Nähte aufgeplatzt sind oder die Motten in den Schrank gekrochen sind.
Now at the beginning of summer, just about anyone who participates in historical events faces the same problem: While getting out your equipment, you suddenly notice holes everywhere - burn holes from last summer, broken seams, or even the evidence of moths getting into your closet during the long winter months.
Im Gegensatz zu den meisten habe ich aber einen tierischen Spaß daran, diese Löcher zu beseitigen - was wohl auch daran liegt, dass das Ergebnis bei mir zumeist deutlich sauberer und authentischer aussieht als bei vielen anderen. Für diejenigen, denen bunte aufgesetzte Stofffetzen und/oder grob zugenähte Löcher mitten im Stoffstück, an denen sich alles verzieht, auf die Nerven gehen, habe ich heute mal dokumentiert, wie ich das Problem löse.
Contrary to most, I actually enjoy patching - and that might be caused by the results I achieve. For those who have long been annoyed with colorful scraps of facric or bulgeing sewn shut holes, I have documented my solution step by step.
First, you work parallel stitches across the whole area to be patched. It is important to not work too closely to the edge of the hole, or the finished patch will rip out very quickly. Also, you should take care to not pull these stitches too tight, but give them a little bit of play.
Another thing to look out for is to always stitch back to the front very closely to where you stitched to the back. This way, you have very little of your thread on the back, which makes for flatter patches and less bunching up when you are done.
When the whole area is covered, you work at a right angle to them next. This set of stitches will be worked exactly like the first, except that you weave the needle through the old stitches each time.
Take care to stick to plain weave pattern - over and under the old threads, under and over the same threads for the next stitch.
If you have to work around something or your hole has a weird shape, you can also lengthen these "weaving" stitches to one or both sides and add another set of stitches weaving through them as a next step.
When you are done, there should be only the two ends of your thread and a row of little dots around the patched area on the back of your fabric.
Just pull these endes to the front and sew them into the patch.
Looking at my well-worn six-year-old cloak, I am very glad not to portray a noble-woman. All of those patches would probably not work well for that - and no, that's not even half of them in the picture, just the four new ones and a few old ones that happened to be in the right spot for a picture ;) People have even accused me (falsely of course!) to sit too close to the fire on purpose, just so I'd have an excuse to make this favorite piece of clothing "more authentic for a craftswoman"... I think they are just jealous!