Usethings wooden darning mushroom with needle storage

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This darning mushroom has a secret: it has a removable, hollow handle for storing your darning needles!

Vintage darning mushrooms occasionally have this feature, but this is the first modern Australian darning mushroom I’ve found with built-in storage.

This is a large darning mushroom (9cm diameter cap, 10cm handle length) best for mending items such as jumpers/sweaters 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 timber offcuts left over from drying-rack production, and polished on a lathe.

Want to see how it’s done? Modern Mending the book includes 26 pages of detailed instructions on darning.

Need darning needles or mending yarn? Browse the darning collection.

About darning mushrooms

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/difficult 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).