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Thread: Someone here wanted to know what a darning egg is

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    Someone here wanted to know what a darning egg is

    This is a darning egg. I've had it for years and used it once or twice. I'm not a good darner.

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    My Gram had one of those!!

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    Oh my!! I have my grandma's tucked away somewhere!! LOL I don't think I will ever use it!

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    Nice. Very common in my "growing up" household.

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    Is a darning egg what is use to darn socks? What exactly is darning?

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    My mother used one of those!!!

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    I have one but doubt I'll use it. Memory of my Mom darning our socks.

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    I had one that looked like a mushroom. Beautiful timber in your egg.

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    I need one of those for fixing knitted socks!!!

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    This is what i found out. I badly wanted to know:

    If you've worn a hole through your favorite pair of toasty woolen socks or slippers, darning can make them wearable again.

    Darning is a type of sewing that repairs holes that are not on the seam, or in the case of socks, not on the heel

    Read more: About Darning | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_4694099_da...#ixzz1HoTFXGxT
    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Is a darning egg what is use to darn socks? What exactly is darning?

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    Nice!! My gram used a light bulb...

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    I have one, but no handle & not fancy woods. I think it was home made. :-)
    I have used mine a lot, have done many socks ! ;-)

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    I guess that I date myself, when I say that I had to help keep the "holey socks" basket empty when I was growing up. It was what we did sitting around in the evening, listening to radio, before the 'TV' era. But, we used a light bulb for the egg.

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    That is beautiful!

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    I just use a light bulb. It's hard to find darning cotton anymore. I've resorted to a very thin knitting yarn, or sometimes embroidery floss. Just fixed a pair of socks last night!

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    My mother had both the egg and the mushroom I couldn't find the egg when I closed her house but have the mushroom and I use to darn socks for my husband when we were first married (no money) he loved them he said they didn't hurt his toes.

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    I remember one with a handle. It must have belonged to my mother because unfortunately, I never knew either of my grandmother's. I've darned lots of socks in my time and always used a light bulb, works great.

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    Oh, I have my Grams' here in the sewing box. I only darn my woolen socks when the heels wear down. I gave up on the cotton socks a long time ago. My "egg's" aren't as fancy as yours. No handle or prettiness to them, but very functional just the same. Grams dried gourd's of some kind. You can still hear the seeds inside rattle. Darn things must be over 60 - 100 years old. The smaller ones are for children's socks.

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    Here is a ceramic one I found at a second hand store many years ago. It has a little ribbon that goes through his head for hanging it up.

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    Great memories. Yes, my mom used one that was wooden but it did not have a handle. She sputtered everytime it was time to "darn" something. She did not like that part of being a homemaker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    Oh, I have my Grams' here in the sewing box. I only darn my woolen socks when the heels wear down. I gave up on the cotton socks a long time ago. My "egg's" aren't as fancy as yours. No handle or prettiness to them, but very functional just the same. Grams dried gourd's of some kind. You can still hear the seeds inside rattle. Darn things must be over 60 - 100 years old. The smaller ones are for children's socks.
    I love them. Think I'll put gourds in the garden this year. I remember being fascinated with them as a teenager. See how many uses there are for them!!!

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    I inherited my mom's. Used to sit and watch her mend socks with it - but I never learned how. (easier to buy a new pair)

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    Now I use a large plastic Easter Egg that I've taped so it doesn't open easily. I use it rarely, but have a pair of Ragg socks, very thick wool, that I wore back packing on my honeymoon. All other pairs have been tossed, totally worn out, but this is still wearable for house shoes. I think I'll darn them and then sew them to a thick piece of felt for soles.

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    Neat egg!!

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    I have a darning egg, that belonged to my grandmother, it is made of blown glass. It seems to be very sturdy. My mother attended a Catholic boarding school during the depression years. Darning socks was a form of revenue for the school. As a result of the amount she did, as a student, she had no love of darning socks. She did however, do beautiful work, basket weave, that was almost invisible. It would be interesting to know how much they charged.

    I too, remember the basket that was kept in our living room, socks to be darned, buttons to sew on, collars to be turned etc. It was a given that ladies and older girls did not "lounge and visit" in the living room before passing by that basket and picking up a project. I still cannot sit down and relax without some sort of "busy work" in my hands. It drives my husband crazy. Thank goodness for quilting.

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