One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mushroom-shaped (or egg-shaped) piece of wood or other smooth hard material used to stretch and support material being darned.
- ‘I have a couple of wooden darning eggs and when ready to graft, drop one down the leg and it ends up at the toe.’
- ‘These darning eggs are hand turned on a wood lathe and then hand painted with durable paint.’
- ‘I have a collection of wooden darning mushrooms which belonged to my grandmother who made socks.’
- ‘She had brought out her sewing basket and was darning socks, stretching the worn-through heels or toes over her darning egg and weaving them whole again with her needle and thread.’
- ‘Bakelite darning mushrooms are easy to find as well - great for mending your hand knit socks.’
- ‘We were doing the mending after breakfast, pushing darning eggs down into the heels of Father's socks, hoping to make them last another winter.’
- ‘In earlier times, socks were mended with the use of a wooden darning egg, a practice rarely seen today.’
- ‘Turn of the Century darning eggs have a hard maple ‘egg’ and an ornate handle of Wild Cherry or Black Walnut.’
- ‘The family cat had a fondness for wool and often chewed holes in things that had been left on the floor, so the darning egg saw a lot of use.’
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