- Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Learning about Darning
On Saturday I went to a darning workshop in Glasgow's Tramway arts venue. They were holding a day long Glasgow's Green event, which included a number of free workshops. The one I went to was run by Angharad McLaren and focussed on visible mending.
Tom of Holland's blog. It is designed to make repairs into a badge of honour - they are visible and worn proudly, as if to show your sustainable credentials. It also promotes mending by making it obvious too. Should you prefer to be more covert about your repairs, the techniques are exactly the same, just using a matching yarn to your garment.
We chose a template shape - I went with a circle and selected red darning wool. Angharad showed us how to keep the stitches entirely on one side of the fabric, picking up threads on the top of the fabric on the borders of the shape. Once you have filled your shape with lines in one direction, you go back the other way and weave the thread through, like warp and weft threads. It's actually pretty satisfying. We used mending wool (part wool, part nylon to be hard wearing), that you can get from haberdasheries. You can also used embroidery thread, as seen in these pretty samples:
Have you ever tried visible mending? Or is any kind of mending a stretch for you, like for me?
- Labels: Sewing