The two most common purposes of sowing these days are repairing clothes and embroidery. But these may not be mutually exclusive. More than a few times a creative approach to repairs has lead to some repairs conduced with embroidery. A stain or tear can be very effectively concealed with some embroidery work.
These may develop wear over time. But we may not want to give up the favorite blanket that grandma gave us just because of a hole near the edge, or even in the centre.
If a blanket has a tear near the edge seam we can cover it with embroidery. This is particularly effective on corners. any type of design can work here, with flowers and butterflies being common, but emblems or a cartoon characters can also work. Small or large, and embroidery can work at the edge.
If the blanket is worn in the middle we can embroider a large design, something that seems to be in proportion to the size of the blanket. Or we might combine several smaller embroidery designs that are linked with a theme.
These are notorious for wearing out at the knees, at least when worn by children. Embroidery won’t really hide the fact that the knees have been worn through, but some colourful patterns will make the clothing look better.
Jean can also wear through at the back pocket. These tend to be smaller holes than what we might see at the knees. We can cover these with some embroidery. Consider geometric patterns, or emblems, which may designer jeans already use on the back.
Woolen or cashmere sweaters can develop holes because of wear or because of moths. These holes can be anywhere on the fabric. But embroidery can work anywhere to cover what are often small holes in the fabric. And the sweater can look better for this type of repair.