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Celia Pym Mending Workshop (ZOOM)

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Dates for 2022

Saturday, December 3rd SOLD OUT

Each workshop is 2.5 hours.
Time: The workshop is from 2:30pm - 5pm UK time
The workshop will take place on the ZOOM site. Because of the way we have timed it, we hope people in Europe and other parts of the world will be able to join in as well!

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not received a zoom link 48 hours before the class, please get in touch with the shop via email or phone.

Well before the workshop we will be emailing you very clear information on how to log onto ZOOM and the workshop (it really is very easy!) as well as emailing you PDFs of how to do this and class information.

If you would like to take part in this workshop (the maximum number of students is 11 so you will still receive a lot of attention from Celia) please make sure we have the exact email address that you would like us to use to be invited to join the teaching session on zoom.

Suggestions for materials if you are doing the Zoom workshop (not in our London shop):

Yarns + Threads:
Sajou St Pierre Threads (for mending on finer or thinner materials)
Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift
Lang Jawoll Sock Yarn
Ito Sensai

Prym Darning Needle pack

Darning Egg
We also stock handmade darning mushrooms by Hikaru Noguchi.


Class outline
Mending is a workshop that explores textile repair on knitted and wool textiles, how you do it and why you do it. It considers the tenderness and care of mending. The aim of the workshop is to practice mending techniques on knit. You will learn about artists working with repair. You will learn and develop skills in woven and fake ‘knitted’ darning. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any sweaters and socks and wool accessories, that you own and that have holes. Please bring along any damaged wool and knitted items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided. No previous darning, knitting, needle-based experience is necessary. 

Taught by Celia Pym. 
Celia Pym has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small, everyday holes, at heels, elbows, in pockets as well as working on more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal nesting, and moths issues. Celia’s interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing, this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear out.”

Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London most recently her work has been included in exhibitions Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid and 21_21, Tokyo. In 2018 she was commissioned to make Flying Gold Cape for Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. A new ambitious work using a cape from the museum's archive collection of Opera Garnier costumes. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Knitted and Mixed Media textiles at the Royal College of Art.

100% deposit is required at registration.

* Please email the shop or give us a ring if you would like to be added to a waiting list when classes sell out. We will let you know if spaces become available.  Please also note that our waiting lists do not roll over to the next scheduled classes.  You will need to let us know for each class you are interested in. 

Cancellation policy
Should you want to cancel your place, a refund of payment for the class will be given for cancellations for our workshops on Zoom, minus a 10% admin fee. Please be considerate. 
We reserve the right to cancel a class in unusual circumstances. We try to avoid this wherever possible, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. In this situation, of course, a full refund will be given.