Vintage darning egg, mushroom, sock form for sewing, mending, darning, repairs. Wood or glass. With/without handle. Plain or painted.




In (previous generations of) make-do times, it was common to use a dried out gourd as a darning surface for woolen mends. Since we’re guessing most of you didn’t set up your pandemic garden with sock repair in mind, we’ve pulled together a whole bunch of different options to meet this purpose (because if y’all aren’t darning your socks yet, the bug will surely hit soon…).

Some of these offerings are traditional darning tools. Others are beautiful alternatives and/or budget solutions (no gourds in stock just yet)… it’s always good to align ones tools with both form and functional preferences if you plan to spend a goodly amount of time working with them.

Here’s a description of each style:

Traditional wooden darning egg w/ handle: the ones you’re probably most familiar with – typically a turned wood tool w/ egg shaped form. Typical finishes are clear varnish or black paint.

Wooden darning mushroom: another traditional option that can be harder to find.

Antique hand-blown glass eggs (2-3″) work well for not only darning eggs and bunny basket filler, but also for encouraging backyard chickens to lay their own (just pop them into mama’s nest and wait…).

Our smaller, unpainted wooden eggs (2+”) are great for traveling kits and smaller/kid-sized hands. New old stock.

2-3″ hand-painted wooden pysanky eggs are traditionally a Ukrainian Easter decoration. We took it upon ourselves to find some attractive vintage ones that might add an extra pop of color to your textile repair efforts.

3-4″ lacquered wood eggs: similar to pysanky eggs, the original owner purchased these as souvenirs during a trip to Russia at the turn of this century. Beautifully hand-painted, each of these is its own detailed work of art. To select this option, choose ‘3-4” egg-no handle’ with painted finish.

Sock Forms are shaped to fit a typical stocking from toe-to-arch, somewhat flat with a rounded handle.

Any will do: while we stock specific styles of darning forms we sometimes stumble onto other types that work well… other times, we may just have a bunch of a certain size on hand. When you choose this option, we’ll happily reward your flexibility with a lower price point.

One of a kind: every once in a while, we find a particularly unique tool, and rather than list it separately, we’ll take a snap, determine a price, and include it as an option in this listing.

We hope that this approach will make it easy for you to find what you want at a price that works.

Minneapolis friends, please DM us for a free curbside pickup coupon code if your order is below $35 & you’d like to avoid shipping costs. Thanks!

Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 9 × 4 × 4 in

2-3" egg, no handle, 3-4" egg, no handle, Any will do, Darning mushroom, Egg with handle, Sock form, Unique/Unusual


2 pc painted, Glass, Natural Wood, Painted wood, Surprise me!


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