Darning & Sashiko Workshop with Celia Pym

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Darning & Sashiko Workshop with Celia Pym

Begins: Friday 29 June 2018

Ends: Friday 06 July 2018

Session: 2


Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

A Darning, Mending and Sashiko Workshop perfect for learning how to fix those holes in heels, elbows, pockets and knees!

This is a two part course that explores traditional darning and mending techniques. You will investigate the care involved in mending, and the emotional or social value of darning and repair. Participants will practice woven darning techniques on socks.

We invite everyone to bring their own items that need repairing, however, socks will be provided for the workshop. You will also make darning samplers on linen cloth with embroidery thread, and explore patched mending. Celia will bring books and slides of both her work and others who employ mending and darning in their work, these will be available for you to reference

This is a two-part workshop in the second half Celia will concentrate on the art of Sashiko :-

'Sashiko (刺し子?, literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery.' 

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Develop traditional darning and mending skills, including patching and Sashiko.

  • Explore ways in which to repair youor own garments

  • Develop an understanding of visible and invisible mending.

  • 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.

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

    All materials, tools and refreshments are provided. You will also get 10% off everything in store on the day of your class


    Celia Pym has a BA (hons) in Visual and Environmental Studies (sculpture), from Harvard University, USA and an MA in Constructed Textiles, from London Royal College of Art. Celia is an artist who works with knitting and embroidery as well as darning, she particularly works on custom mending and repair projects. She has a wide exhibition history most recently her work was included in, 'No excuse for what I do in private' at Delicious Spectacle in Washington DC and in 'UFO: unfinished object administration project' at Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green. Celia also teaches Art part-time and delivers workshops for teenagers with ReachOutRCA at the Royal College of Art. She thinks of herself as a mending detective.

    "Now I darn and am looking for holes in people’s clothes and the stories that accompany them; repairing these holes and returning the mended garments. It is a way to briefly make contact with strangers. I am interested in the spaces the body occupies, the tenderness of touch and the ways in which we go about day to day life".

    Learn more about Celia's work on her website - www.celiapym.com