Friday, 25 March 2011
I love the name of this wool. I think I bought it in a charity shop some time ago. I've always darned my socks, I must have learned just by watching my mother. Recently she said she couldn't find darning wool in any shops anymore. Shortly afterwards I found some at a car boot sale so I bought all 7 cards for her. Apparently darning's very much back in fashion including many hits to a You Tube guide on how to do it, I found this one. It's really neat, setting up a little weaving grid by stitching.
I also saw a great poster in a fantastic exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, The Children's War, it's encouraging you to reinforce clothes in the hard-wearing areas beforehand rather than waiting for them to wear out. One step ahead of make do and mend. When I was at school the male teachers often had leather patches on their elbows - haven't seen that style for a long time - must be due a revival - lads!?