Stocking darning egg; 18005


Illawarra Historical Society and Museum


Stocking darning egg

About this object

Wooden egg-shaped sewing aid with enclosed steel hook for darning knitted lisle thread stockings. The appliance is made from Beech wood and the egg-shaped section has printed in black – PIC-QUIC D.R.G.M 989116.

The egg shape section has a groove down one side over which the ladder in a stocking or other fine fabric was placed. The latch hook on the handle is similar to a rug making tool with a metal hook at the end and a latch which closes over any loop held by the hook to keep it in place. The hook is used to hook the bottom loop and then hook up each ladder thread and pull it through to make a new loop to repair the knitted fabric.

D.G.R.M indicates that the item was made in Germany and stands for Deutches Reichesgebrauchsmuster. (German patented design operational from 1891 to 1952)

Dimensions: egg - mini latch hook - 9cm long and fits into top of egg to show a 4cm handle above the egg.

Similar designs were produced in Britain.

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Medium and Materials



7cm long x 4cm diameter

Object Type

Darning tool

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