Tom Says Darn It Classes

18 Apr

Best known for his Visible Mending Programme (VMP) Tom of Holland uses darning, patching and weaving techniques to give a new lease of life to damaged and over-loved garments in the most visually spectacular way.

From cardi’s with worn out sleeves and cuff’s to the revamping of an old favourite scarf, Tom uses a series of complimentary and traditional techniques to bring these garments back to life and bang up to date in the artisan fashion stakes! I think he often calls this magical mending addiction “fashion intervention”….. aint that the truth!

If you are familiar with Tom’s blog you will be aware of his superb taste in traditional yarns. His many projects showcase these choices brilliantly and it’s often the understated and fine detailed nature of his design that not only compliments his yarn choices but put a whole new twist on their obvious uses.

April see’s the first of a series of projects Super+Super are excited to be holding with Tom of Holland. To kick start the Tom of Holland will be running a monthly workshop aiming to explore the lost art of mending. Bring along a number of garments that have been packed away because of that annoying moth hole or unsightly worn through elbow, and fix them up in style.

A two hour workshop will teach you two classic darning techniques:

– Swiss darning, or duplicate stitching, which is ideal for strengthening thin patches and covering up stains

– Stocking darning which is the traditional darning technique for holes in socks, using a darning mushroom.

All materials will be supplied, including knitted swatches to practice on, but as mentioned earlier Students are encouraged to bring their thin elbows and holey socks for fixing!

You will also get to keep a set of darning needles (i.e. one long darning needle and one blunt tapestry needle each) and a comprehensive set of printed hand-outs outlining the techniques learnt.

£35 per person

(Tea and cake can be purchased from the Super+Super tea trolley if you are feeling peckish ! £3.50 per head)

*First class 4 Spaces only*

Visit Tom’s blog for further inspiration

Please email Amy at or call the HQ on 01273 773910 for further info and to book your spot!

NB Please not we must take 50% deposit to confirm your place (payable by cash or cheque)

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