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.

Repair, Make, Mend

Darning events with Hikaru Noguchi

Darning was once – and still remains in many households across the globe – a necessity. With the advent of fast fashion it became cheaper (and more stylish) to buy new clothes rather than spend the time fixing those we have. But more and more of us switching on to the fact that this behaviour is not sustainable and we need to reconsider the way we consume. Artists like Hikaru Noguchi are changing the way we view darning by bringing us techniques of visible mending that can be worn as a mark of pride, showing that you can literally wear your values on your sleeve.

Darning: repair, make, mend, Hikaru Noguchi ISBN 9781912480159, £19.00

triangle darning stitch
Here are some events coming up where you can learn more about Darning from Hikaru herself and other associated artists mentioned in the book…

Book Launch: Darner’s in Conversation with Hikaru Noguchi, Rachael Matthews and Celia Pym. Wednesday 27th November 6.30pm, Loop London (sold out)

Mending and Darning Circle with Katy Bevan of Hawthorn Press and Kat Child of Atelier, Last Monday of the month 7-9pm, Atelier Stroud, Oct 28, Nov 25.

Darning and Embellishment Workshop with Hikaru Noguchi, Friday 20th October, 10.30-12.30pm, The Garbstore London

Stroud Darning Launch Stroud Book Festival, Wednesday 6th November 5.00- 6.30, Atelier Stroud

Mending with Celia Pym Stroud Book Festival, Wednesday 6th November, all day workshop at Atelier Stroud. Tickets £75 includes materials and lunch.

Bespoke personalisation with Hikaru Noguchi. Friday 20th October 4pm – 7pm, The Garbstore London