Special Events

Saturday 10 February, 9.00 - 13.00 or 14.00 - 18.00 £95 (Includes tuition, all materials & behind the scenes tour)

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka Tom of Holland, best known for his Visible Mending Programme, then go on an exclusive behind the scenes tour in the Pitt Rivers Conservation Lab. Tom will teach Swiss and stocking darning techniques alongside his inspiring darning showcase, and talk about why repairing clothes is important to him. The Museum's Head of Conservation will then show the group round the Conservation Lab, where you will have the opportunity to look more closely at a range of objects repaired by originating communities before they came to the Museum, from darned lace handkerchiefs to ivory armlets. You'll take home a comprehensive handout, two darning needles, skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow and a beautiful darn as a badge of honour! NB. This class is suitable for beginners and it is not necessary for participants to know how to knit. Book here.

Sunday 11 February, 9.00 - 13.00 £95 (Includes tuition & behind the scenes tour)

This is a specialist darning class from Tom van Deijnen, aka Tom of Holland, teaching how to repair holes that are too large for the regular stocking darn, using two techniques: the web darn and knitting in a patch. Participants will need to be able to do Swiss darning (also known as duplicate stitching) and be able to knit and purl, pick up stitches and make left and right-leaning single decreases. All participants will need to bring double-pointed knitting needles and a knitted swatch, plus the needles and yarn used to knit the swatch. Details about the size of swatch required, yarn type, etc. will be sent out to all signed up participants in January. Following the workshop, the Museum's Head of Conservation will show the group round the Conservation Lab, where you will have the opportunity to look more closely at a range of objects repaired by originating communities before they came to the Museum, from darned lace handkerchiefs to ivory armlets. NB. All participants require some knowledge of Swiss darning/duplicate stitching. Book here.