Monday, 25 March 2013

Socks and Stockings

Hello. I hope you've had a good start to the week :)
I've just found these wonderful vintage threads amongst my collections.
From the days when our grandmothers mended their nylon stockings..and darned our grandfathers' socks...
for hose mending
Vintage Nylon Hosiery Threads

I love the names given to the many shades of brown!.....Tunis, Whippet, Otter brown, Cedarwood, reminds me of paint charts nowadays where the manufacturer has 20 names to describe 20 shades of cream!

I found these threads in a sewing box I bought at a local auction. When I buy things at auction, I often wonder about the previous owners and what they were like. The lady who owned this sewing box must have either done a lot of mending and darning or had good intentions to do so!
Chadwick's Darning Wools
Do you think her husband wore green, blue and grey socks?!

I love sewing but I'm glad we don't have to darn socks anymore. I'm ashamed to admit it but I'm not a fan of the mending type of sewing... like replacing a button, turning up hems etc....and I've never ever darned a sock!
What about you? 
Maggie xx


  1. I wouldn't have any idea how to darn a sock! Lovely heathered colors.

  2. I too have these sorts of threads in my sewing box.It was an old sewing box and came with them.I loved sorting everything out.

  3. I darned a few socks when I first got married to save a few dollars. I prefer to buy new and toss the holey ones! The threads are interesting. I have never seen them and I know our Moms and Grandmothers did a lot of darning.


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