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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will mend a hole using quick darning.

To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
  -  Post a picture of your holey cloth, darning needles, thread/yarn
  -  Post a picture of your darning in process
  -  Post a picture of your no-longer-holey cloth
  -  It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to be functional and not too bulky

Here's some information on darning socks.





wiki how to darn a sock

even faster way to darn a sock

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I don't normally darn a sock this way.  But since the badge is for a quick and ugly darning, I thought I would give it a try.

I take my darning wool (like a cross between very fine yarn and thick thread) and stitch around the outside of the hole.  Then I make a bunch of  threads that go back and forth, catching my outline thread each time, then I weave in the 'weft' going the other way (catching the outline thread each time).  Then I do a few more to fill in any gaps.  And the hole is gone!

It's important to use wool when darning because it will felt/full in the wash and integrate better with the sock.  

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hole in sock
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tools for darning a sock
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darning a sock
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darning a sock
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darned sock
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Today, I said, "DARN IT!" and then I did!

I've been darning my socks since I was probably 14. I wanted  to be cool like pioneers and medieval people, and so grabbed thread and just tried to darn my socks. I never had lessons. It's fun seeing tutorials! I never would have thought to use thick yarn, or to not tie knots.

I've never had one of those spiffy mushroom things. I just stick my left hand inside the sock to hold it to shape. It works pretty well, though maybe not as fast/well as with the little mushroom thing.
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sock hole
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darning it with rug wool I found at a thrift store!
darning it with rug wool I found at a thrift store!
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sock darned
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darned sock
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Subbed the kiddo's sweats for the sock, as they're at the top of my mending bag. Figured the method was similar enough, but I submit to the judges of textile equivalence, and yield to your decision.
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sweat pants hole
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darning a hole
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hole darned
Staff note (Dave Burton):

I want to certify this BB. I'm gonna make some noise behind the scenes and awake the elders!

Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

It's not a sock, but the method is the same. I'm going to await Raven on this one...

Staff note (r ranson):

This is a great job! However, the BB requires it be a sock. You could save this for one of the later badges.

Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

Since the requirements have changed to include more than just socks, I can happily certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Oh dear.  I'm sorry.  I typed out a reply to this when it first appeared but I must not have pressed 'submit'.  My bad.

This is an edge case.  

The BB is for darning a sock.  Repairing bigger clothing will probably come later on.  I don't think you can use the same item for both so...

... I'm thinking it would be better if you could darn a sock.

But I'm also thinking "That's a great repair job!  Well Done!  And extra points for creativity in repairing something a lot of people don't."

edge case.  

Paul?  PEP is "Permaculture Experience according to Paul".  What's your thoughts here?
 
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Everything you said is true.  Must be a sock.
 
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I do a lot of darning. Now I've taken photos of the process to try and get this badge bit.
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sock with holes
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darning a sock
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darned sock
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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This is my holey sock and darning needle.



This is my darning in process.



This is my darned sock.

Staff note (Dave Burton):

For clarity’s sake, BB’s like this one I did do not qualify because the yarn used for darning must be thicker

 
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Dave, I think you'll find your darning more comfortable and durable if you can get some thicker yarn and weave it in and out of those stitches, and a little beyond. I used to darn my socks like that, and the tension from the thread ended up making new holes in the sock pretty quickly. Raven's videos are super helpful--since doing that kind of mend, my socks are more comfortable and durable.

 
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So, do I need to darn a sock with thicker yarn for the BB to count?
 
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