How to Mend Socks (or Clothes!) with a Darning Loom

24 April 2024
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Socks, both hand-knit and store-bought, receive a tremendous amount of wear and are very susceptible to holes. My ongoing battle to keep my own socks mended brings you yet another sock mending tutorial!

With the increasing popularity of visible mending and growing awareness of the importance of sustainability in the garment industry, it’s becoming more mainstream to mend our clothes. Let’s turn to a little invention from an earlier era of mending—the darning loom—and create a little woven patch to mend a hole.

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