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.