Online Darning & Mending Workshop with Celia Pym

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Maximum Class Size: 11

An online darning & mending workshop perfect for learning how to repair those holes in heels, elbows, pockets and knees - what better way to spend an afternoon indoors!

This class explores traditional darning and mending techniques as well as Celia’s own creative practice of visible mending. You will investigate the care involved in mending, and the emotional or social value of darning and repair.

During this online session participants will practice woven darning techniques on knitted items like socks and jumpers to patch, mend and reinforce points of wear.

Level: No previous experience is necessary however accomplished darners are most welcome, there will be a range of activities to meet different levels and there is much opportunity to explore your creative side.

Materials: We invite everyone to repair their own items. If you don't own anything holey that needs repairing then you could perhaps stitch over a stain, or use the process to embellish a jumper you have and make a feature of it! As the items you'd like to repair may vary, we would recommend purchasing suitable needles and threads to suit the fabric you are repairing. 

Recommended Equipment:

We recommend Prym cotton darners for darning lighter/finer clothing, or Prym yarn darners with larger eyes for sturdier yarns or wool. We also love these Merchant and Mills long darners, which come in a handy wooden case. 

We also sell St. Pierre Laine darning wool (in a large range of colours to match or contrast with your project!) and Sashiko thread, which is suitable for finer knits. You may require alternative, thicker yarn for heavier knits. 

Celia also highly recommends a Sajou wooden darning egg to assist in repairing holes in socks and jumpers.

Celia will give you references for books you might be interested to buy and show you examples of her own work, these will all be available for you to reference during the workshop.

Relevant artists: Louise Bourgeois, Sashiko work, Tom of Holland, Vladimir Arkhipov, Rachael Matthews: UFO project, Freddie Robins, Celia Pym

The workshop will take place using Zoom and we will send you very straightforward instructions of how to take part in advance. We promise it's not too techy!