Woollykins natural darning mushroom

Woollykins natural darning mushroom
Woollykins natural darning mushroom
Woollykins natural darning mushroom

Woollykins natural darning mushroom

Regular price $20.00
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UPDATE: the fresh new batch of Woollykins mushrooms have flat bottoms, which have the added benefit of being able to be used on tabletops! I haven't snapped an updated photo yet but they're the same as what you see here, only better and 1cm shorter. :)

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Darning mushrooms help hold the shape of the item you’re mending and keep fabric taut, so you get a more natural-looking result.

You don’t need a darning mushroom to start darning (I’m a big fan of using oranges and other citrus when darning socks) but it has a few benefits:

  • Having nice tools can motivate you to mend more often.
  • If you tend to find your mending mojo late at night, there’s no risk of panicking when you discover you’re out of oranges and it’s too late to go to the shops. Your darning mushroom is a lifelong, dependable, 24/7 friend.
  • If you like to mend while travelling, your darning mushroom won’t squish in your bag and won’t be confiscated if you travel interstate or overseas (fresh fruit is often subject to quarantine restrictions).
This is an extra-large darning mushroom (9cm diameter cap, 14cm total length) best for mending items such as jumpers and tea towels that need to lie fairly flat. For sock mending I recommend using a smaller darning mushroom.

This product is hand-turned in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, from salvaged hardwood timber offcuts.

Want to see how it’s done? Modern Mending the book includes 32 pages of detailed instructions on darning.

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I have a new work and childcare schedule for 2024 and am still working out the best schedule for postal dispatches; please allow approximately one week from time of purchase while I figure it all out.

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