Thanet knitwear business to hold darning workshops in Cliftonville

Darning workshops

A Cliftonville knitwear business is holding darning workshops in the town from this weekend.

ROVE designs and crafts knitted accessories and homeware and has a studio in Northdown Road.

The company was founded by Rose Brown whose mother had a passion for growing, recycling and repurposing.

Rose studied textiles at Winchester School of Art before Rose interning for several different designers, including Nicole Farhi.

She then worked at a knitwear design studio in South London, designing for many different high street brands and later took up a design residency with Awamaki, and was based in Ollantaytambo, a village in south Peru.

This experience, and the disappearance of the UK textile industry, prompted Rose to start her own business in 2013.

ROVE is now sharing its skills at three workshops.

The first, taking place this Saturday (July 22), is fully booked but there are two more planned for Wednesday 16th August 5.30pm-7.30pm and Saturday 23rd September 10.30am-12.30pm.

All sessions will be held at Northdown Studios, at the cormer of Northdown Road / Cliftonville Avenue.

Participants can learn the traditional art of mending and repairing your favourite clothes and textiles and the techniques and skills needed to breathe new life into worn or damaged garments and household items.

All are welcome, whether you’re a beginner or have some experience with stitching and darning.

All materials will be provided,

What’s included: 

A variety of woollen yarns

A darning needle

A darning mushroom


Maximum Class Size: 6

Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in attendance must be paid bookings. Workshops sadly don’t have step-free access as these will take place in a 2nd floor studio.

Cost is £38. Book here



  1. Looking at the amount of youngsters walking around with holes in their jeans, this could be a very useful skill.

  2. Most youngsters won’t even know what darning is, when their Primark clothes get ruined they just chuck them in the bin and buy new.

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