02 November 2011

first class

Back of work 
It seems like forever since the weekend.  We - that's my friend Elizabeth and me -  had the most lovely Saturday afternoon at Tom of Holland's Darning Workshop at Prick Your Finger.  We sat upstairs in their workspace in the late afternoon light with a nice cup of tea and learnt how to Swiss Darn and then do proper neat darning.   Fortunately Tom had, in prescient fashion, made a beautiful large scale sampler with bespoke hole to demonstrate - he must have intuited that I would come without my specs.

Tom's darned sweatshirt
I'm not sure we were the best pupils because we spent a lot of time getting our swiss darning up to scratch.  By the time we got round to the weaving in and out (top tip: use a l-o-n-g darner) the light was beginning to go and I really could have done with my missing specs, found since then having slipped off my bedside cabinet and into the bag of important things at the side of my bed.  That's my excuse for not quite reaching Tom's very high standards.

Lovely neat front of work
We didn't even have time to see the Speedweve in action, so we are hoping that Tom will have an improver's class.  By that time I just may have got round to practicing on the pile of darning hiding in my back room.

Thank you Tom! And thanks to Louise and Rachel for the tea too.  It certainly set us up for Wovember.

5 comments:

Annie said...

Gosh, I remember my Granma Eva darning socks! She did teach me how but I doubt I'd be very effective at it these days. Well done you :D

Liz said...

My mum didn't knit or sew but she did darn. Her darning equipment was kept in a sandwich tin from a picnic set. She wasn't too bothered about matching colours and I remember a large hole in my brother's grey sweater being darned with emerald green wool.

colleen said...

Liz - one of the things I learnt from Tom was that sometimes it's best to go for the contrasting wool rather than try to be too matchy. Don't know though whether I would be as brave as your mim. Grey and emerald? Mmm...

colleen said...

Mim? Mum.

Specs upstairs...

tomofholland said...

Colleen, you and Elizabeth were tiptop students.
I have to say, I love the idea of darning a grey sweater with emerald wool...
I'll let you know when I'll be at PYF next and I'll sneak in a speedweve demo.