Tom van Deijnen is a self-taught knitter from The Netherlands, who now lives in Brighton, UK. Technique, tradition and narrative inform much of his work. Under the moniker tomofholland, he explores these aspects of knitting and shares his enthusiasm with other knitters through exhibitions and workshops. Hand-knitting
has also raised his awareness of the meaning behind garments and his relationship with the clothes he wears.
This has led to the Visible Mending Programme, through which Tom provides mending and repair inspiration, skills and services. Website: http://tomofholland.com
Darning Master Class for Beginners
Tickets 105€. Tickets are available 5th of March.
Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland. Best known for his Visible Mending Programme, he will teach you two darning techniques (Swiss darning and stocking darning.) Tom will also bring along his darning showcase for plenty of inspiration, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You’ll take home a comprehensive hand-out, two darning needles, and the skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow, and be able to wear a beautiful darn as a badge of honour. All practice materials provided.
Techniques taught: Swiss Darning, stocking darning, Scottish darning
Materials supplied: practice swatches, a large variety of threads and yarns
Take-home: each student gets to take home two different needles and a comprehensive hand-out about the techniques learnt
Skill level and prep work: no previous darning or knitting experience is necessary. Students are encouraged to bring some things that need fixing
Topics discussed: introduction to The Visible Mending Programme with examples, hints and tips for repair and care of knitwear, darning techniques and their advantages and disadvantages, discussion of repair approach for items brought in by students, demonstration of the Speedweve (a vintage darning gadget).
Specialist Darning Class for Advanced
Tickets 125€. Tickets are available 5th of March.
This specialist darning class teaches you how to repair holes that are too large for the regular stocking darn. You will be taught two techniques: the first is the web darn, which starts with laying down a foundation in sewing thread and then the stitches are replicated using a darning needle. The second one is knitting in a
patch, with various options on how to attach the patch to the edges of the hole. Attendees will take home a comprehensive hand-out, a darning needle, and the skills to repair large holes.
Techniques taught: web darn, knitted patch
Materials supplied: darning needle
Homework: this class requires people to knit a swatch to practice on – they will also need to bring the knitting needles used, and any left-over yarn
Take-home: each student gets to take home the darning needle and a comprehensive hand-out about the techniques learnt
Skill level and prep work: students need to be able to knit and graft (as for closing the toe of a sock.) Students are encouraged to bring some things that need fixing
Topics discussed: introduction to The Visible Mending Programme with examples, hints and tips for repair and care of knitwear, darning techniques and their advantages and disadvantages, discussion of repair approach for items brought in by students.