Darning: repair, make, mend in the news

Hikaru Noguchi’s Darning: repair, make, mend has received some great reviews recently and has featured in several articles on darning.

The Simple Things

The book has been reviewed in magazines including Juno and The Knitter already this year and is the focus of a four page feature on darning in the February 2020 issue of The Simple Things magazine.

“The humble tradition of darning is elevated to an artform in this guide by Hikaru Noguchi. She explores fundamental techniques to repair worn-out socks and moth-eaten sweaters, and also provides ideas for making your darning stitches into attractive features on your clothing. This guide has step-by-step tutorials and beautiful photography.”

The Knitter

Inspired by the book, the Meet Make Mend darning circle run by Katy Bevan from Hawthorn Press and Kath Child meets again on 24th February at Atelier Stroud. Visit Eventbrite for more information.

Darning: repair, make, mend is the first publication for Quickthorn, our new imprint for books about sustainable making. Inspiring, manageable and quick to read, subjects will include sustainable living and making for wellbeing. Mindful of our impact on the environment, Quickthorn will be commissioning books with an emphasis on recycling, mending and re-use.

This is the first UK edition of the cult darning book by Hikaru Noguchi who has become a guru of visible darning in Japan. This detailed step-by-step guide makes the methods easy to follow even for non-sewers. The stylish photography shows off the artistic and minimalist style of the designer’s work.

Learning outdoors

Learning outdoors

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10 Feb) and time to start thinking about getting outdoors more. Learning outside the classroom, actually embedded in the environment, is an antidote to the digital stress overload that can be so compulsive and distressing for young people.

planting out lettuce

This book is an essential practical guide to anyone wishing to free education from its meaningless role as a political and social tool, and to think about what kind of educational experience we will need for the uncertain future facing young people today.”

Roger Duncan is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and author who has been involved in nature-based practice for 30 years.

A new review of Creative Place-Based Environmental Education has appeared in the AHPB Magazine for Self & Society (published by the Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain).

Read the whole review here (PDF).