INCREDIBLY, NO WORLD RECORDS HAVE EVER BEEN SET FOR DARNING.
LET’S SET SOME RECORDS AT THE DUBLIN SOCK EXCHANGE!!!
First record: WORLD RECORD FOR MASS DARNING
Description: Number of people darning simultaneously
Rules: Every person must be actually having a go at darning, no posers!
Official registration: We’ll start with a trial run, then once we have authorisation from Guinness World Records we can go for the official title.
Video challenge: All record attempts will be videoed and, where possible, submitted to the GWR challenge website, where darners worldwide are encouraged to try and beat our record. Hey, we’ll all be the winners if we get millions of folks darning online.
How’ll it work?: Whenever there’s a peak of activity at the Sock Exchange at Filmbase over the four days of its run, an announcement will be made that a world record attempt is about to take place. A short video will be made showing each darners handiwork in close-up with an accompanying voiceover numbering “Darner Number One, Darner Number Two etc”.
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Here’s the text submitted to the Guinness World Record team to have our attempt authorised:
Members of the public will be invited to darn a sock as part of a mass darning event at The Sock Exchange at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2011. No payment is involved. Those who don’t know how to darn will follow simple instructions on posters. All participants will be given (or provide their own) sock, a darning egg (an old lightbulb), yarn and a needle.
The attempt will be videoed in such a way that each darner can be seen and counted. The footage will show each darner in close-up and their completed darned socks to prove that they were all actually darning and not pretending. Although the idea is to darn socks, any darnable item is acceptable. The darning must be by hand.
The definition of darning is taken as a sewing technique for repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting using needle and thread alone. It employs darning stitch, a simple running stitch in which the thread is “woven” in rows along the grain of the fabric, with the stitcher reversing direction at the end of each row, and then filling in the framework thus created, as if weaving. Other, more intricate darning stitches are acceptable.
The quality of the darning will not be judged. A completed darn must have running stitch going in at least two directions and covering the hole such that the sock could reasonably be worn again without the foot being seen.
I am setting up this record attempt to promote darning, because there are no world records for darning and because its quirky and fun for all involved. I, the organiser, am an artist who wants to learn to darn. The idea behind the Sock Exchange is that darned socks gain in value.
The initial event takes place Sep 22-25 2011 in Dublin where we will set an unofficial record. More events will take place in international venues where hopefully the official record can be set.
Thank you for considering this record attempt.