This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.
In this project, you will mend a hole using quick darning.
To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
- Post a picture of your holey cloth, darning needles, thread/yarn
- Post a picture of your darning in process
- Post a picture of your no-longer-holey cloth
- It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to be functional and not too bulky
I don't normally darn a sock this way. But since the badge is for a quick and ugly darning, I thought I would give it a try.
I take my darning wool (like a cross between very fine yarn and thick thread) and stitch around the outside of the hole. Then I make a bunch of threads that go back and forth, catching my outline thread each time, then I weave in the 'weft' going the other way (catching the outline thread each time). Then I do a few more to fill in any gaps. And the hole is gone!
It's important to use wool when darning because it will felt/full in the wash and integrate better with the sock.
I've been darning my socks since I was probably 14. I wanted to be cool like pioneers and medieval people, and so grabbed thread and just tried to darn my socks. I never had lessons. It's fun seeing tutorials! I never would have thought to use thick yarn, or to not tie knots.
I've never had one of those spiffy mushroom things. I just stick my left hand inside the sock to hold it to shape. It works pretty well, though maybe not as fast/well as with the little mushroom thing.
Dave, I think you'll find your darning more comfortable and durable if you can get some thicker yarn and weave it in and out of those stitches, and a little beyond. I used to darn my socks like that, and the tension from the thread ended up making new holes in the sock pretty quickly. Raven's videos are super helpful--since doing that kind of mend, my socks are more comfortable and durable.