Monday, April 16, 2012

Darn it!

That's what I try to do, especially on our period stockings. The picture shows my sewing kit spread out in preparation for darning one of hubby's cotton stockings.

The use of a darning egg is crucial so that you get the proper 'bend' in the repair so that it is more comfortable. I simply pull the stocking over the egg, use my thread to make a warp a bit larger than the hole and then weave the thread the opposite direction following the original weave of the fabric. Not difficult and gets better with experience. It is such a simple pleasure to repair something of value rather than tossing it on the trash heap.

I have pictured my ebony wood darner, a blown glass egg which is also known as an encourager egg that is placed in the hens nesting box. I even have a sweet potato! Sothron girls used whatever they had on hand for a repair. Also pictured are assorted wool and cotton threads, some needles and iron snipping scissors.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to this small corner of my world.

Darn it!


  1. I've always wanted one of those Darning balls. there's so many socks around here that get holes.. :/ And your sewing kit is lovely!

  2. Your blog is just lovely. So happy to have happened upon it. :)

    Wishing you a lovely day,

  3. My Grandma had a darner egg (that she also placed under hens...I think she called it something different, though ~ a "fooler"? ...or is that just another name for a pacifier?) :)