Christmas 2018

Gay Ann Rogers Needlework


Logo of scissors, needle, thread, thimble, crown

The Twelve Days before Christmas: Six Darners a Mending


Occupying a ton of time this year, DH and I catalogued the parts of my collection of needlework tools between 1840 and 1914, and on December 7 we gave the catalogue and tools to a small collections library.


I kept a copy of this year's catalogue and decided to borrow from our photos and descriptions tools for

12 Days before Christmas.

Scroll down for photos and descriptions of six Darners.

Notes on Darning

Darning is often taken for granded as a relic of the past when people had time and incentive to reapir holes in socks and other woven fabrics. That may be true for popular culture but darning still plays a role in textile and costume restoration.  Fine darning aimed at complete restoration of a fabric is highly skilled work.

Happy Holidays 2018


This Holiday Season on Queendom Website: The Twelve Days before Christmas told in Antique Needlework Tools.

Here are 6 Darners.

Above, from left:

Silver glove darner marked sterling, with the trademark of Stern Bros. of New York. American, c 1900.

Black wood darner with silver handle stamped sterling. American, c. 1900s.

Green wood darner with silver mount marked sterling. American, c 1890s.




Above: Three vividly painted darners, two with mushroom shape and one with egg shape. The bottom of one of the musroom darners can be removed to reveal a thimble, a needlecase and two spools of thread as shown in the photo on the right.

American, c 1890s.