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This antique darning mushroom - more common in the UK and Europe because mushrooms are traditionally good luck - is the perfect shape for darning socks. The mushroom's domed "cap" helps hold your hand in place. The sock is stretched over the curved, flat top of the mushroom and its attached handle gives your hands something to grip onto as you work. The curved, simple handle is lovely.

The wood has been dipped with black lacquer, as was common for Victorian-era darning eggs. It is polished and worn smooth from years of darning. It is in fair condition, with wear that I would consider "rustic" to the base of the mushroom that exposes the wood, where most of the darning took place, and a few nicks and some dulling and fading to the lacquer. There is nothing, however, to detract from the age and beauty of the piece.

Darning eggs and mushrooms were a very common and important tool long before and during World War II, when a majority of the country actually knit and/or repaired their own store bought socks. This is a a real heirloom piece!


When I started knitting seriously, I discovered that my grandmother, Irene, had owned a darning egg. My mother and her sisters grew up on a farm, and Mom vividly recalled her mother sitting in the evenings on the farmhouse, diligently darning socks using the wooden foot form darner.

Grandma married my grandfather, Pap-Pap, in 1945, and they left the farm life and moved to the “city” in 1957, when my mother, the middle child, was 9. They bought their first house for $8,000 and were thrilled to have indoor plumbing. Grandma still darned in the suburbs though, continuing to use the darning egg.

I became enchanted with the idea of owning a darning egg just like my grandmother's, and after scouring antique shops and acquiring a small collection, my aunt was sweet enough to gift me my grandmother's. This your chance to own your own darning egg steeped in the female history of fiber arts.

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Many of the items I create are handmade at the time of purchase, and the time it takes to put your order together can be anywhere from 3 to 7 business days (10 calendar days).

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I'm happy to make free repairs to stitch markers that have fallen apart from being worked hard and well-loved. Just send me any damaged markers (don't forget the important pieces, like the beads because I'll need those!) and I'll restring, rehang, and make them as good as new. Then I'll send them back to you free of charge.
Miniskein sets are handmade at the time of your order. Multiple sets may be purchased - just message me if you'd like a larger quantity then what is currently available in the shop.

Pictures of the miniskein sets are a representation of what you could receive from my collection. For those miniskein lovers who'd like to see what some of the yarns they are purchasing look like, take a peek at the full skeins in my Mini Made Flickr photostream: www.flickr.com/photos/ladydanio/sets/72157628409098037/
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SALE - Antique Black Wood Darning Mushroom for Socks and Handknits


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: wood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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