The Art of Mending
With Liadain Aiken
New life in old garments
Knitwear designer Liadain Aiken is a keen darner and feels that mending a garment adds new life and appreciation to a preloved garment.
Bring at least one well loved woollen garment in need of repair to the workshop. We will examine the wear & tear, and work out the best approach for that specific garment, taking into consideration it’s function, where the hole is, the type of yarn and stitch.
On the night we will start by learning the weaving technique. This is the easiest approach, works for most garments and is quick to perform.
We will also touch on another technique called Swiss Darning. Bring a variety of garments for discussion. All yarn and darning needles will be provided.
Liadain Aiken believes that a quality woollen garment is something that should be treasured for years, even generations. Her belief in longevity extends to the philosophy of their designs. Liadain finds her muse in that which is universal, timelessly beautiful and emotive; inspired by the rolling landscapes of her native Ireland, or playful, irreverent colours that are sure to produce smiles!