Reteaching The Lost Art Of Darning


Radical Giving, The Needlemakers, West Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NZ

Tel: 07521511953

Reteaching The Lost Art Of Darning


We are so pleased to finally welcome you to our Lewes workshop space. We have a wide range of exciting and engaging workshops on offer, there's something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Workshop: Reteaching The Lost Art Of Darning

During this 2 1/2 hour workshop held at Radical Giving, we'll start with a brief history of techniques from different cultures and look at examples and tools. The majority of the time will then be practical as Socko founder Emma teaches you how to darn your own clothing.

You're welcome to bring items of your own that need mending or there'll be plenty of fabric there to practise on.

The whole session will be fuelled by bottomless tea and biscuits.

Socko is on a darning mission: This is because the most sustainable clothes are the ones we already own. If we can extend the lives of the things we own and embrace a more conscious consumer mindset, we will have a positive effect on people and our planet. Not to mention that darning is highly therapeutic, rewarding and is a commitment of care that brings us closer to our possessions.

This workshop is designed to be an introduction to darning for complete beginners. It's suitable for all levels of textile know-how, from those who have never threaded a needle to avid knitters. The session teaches the fundamentals of how to create a secure mend and sparks inspiration for the versatility of the technique. It's a fun, hands-on, informal session that spreads the joy of bringing life back to damaged clothing - combining form and function in a way that will serve attendees for years to come.

Emma Mathews: Emma is the founder of sustainable British sock brand Socko. She's a life-long maker and is passionate about the positive, mindful impact craft can have on our wellbeing. Through combining her talent for craft with her love of people and planet, she identified her business idea. Socko launched its very first pair of sustainable socks at the end of 2018 and workshops started at the beginning of 2019. Emma lives in north-east London with her partner and their sausage dog Alan.

All levels and abilities welcome. 16+ only.

Workshop details:

Time - 14.00pm - 16.30 pm (2.5 hours approx)
Location - Radical Giving Store, The Needlemakers, Lewes BN7 2NZ
All materials provided
Ticket price includes a complimentary drink
Attendees receive 20% discount in the Radical Giving store along with 20% off all food and drink at The Needlemakers Roundhill, an award winning 100% plant based cafe, situated next door to our workshop space and store.
Please note: Tickets are sold per person

Tickets are sold per person. We do not send out a physical ticket, your email confirmation is your ticket. Please contact us via email if you need any further info.

Workshop tickets are excluded from any online discounts.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds for workshop bookings, but we understand that things might come up, so we are happy to defer your booking to a future workshop if need be. If you would like to make any changes to your booking we kindly ask for 7 days notice. Please let us know via if you need to make a change.

All of our workshops aim to start promptly. With this in mind we politely request that you arrive 10 minutes before the workshop starts. If you are running late for the workshop, please let us know via email.

Covid-19 Info:

There will be a maximum of six people per workshop. Each participant will have their own workspace. Hand sanitiser will be provided. Please do not visit if you have symptoms or are feeling unwell.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Ticket£40.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Opening Times

Season (9 July 2021)
Friday14:00 - 16:00

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