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I came across this Darning Mushroom today whilst looking for cottons in my workbasket.
It belonged to my maternal Grandmother. She lived in a time when garments were handmade, stitched, repaired and repaired again.
I can just about remember her showing me how to darn a sock when I was very I know how it should be done but achieving it is still beyond me!!
I wonder how many repairs have been done with this mushroom, judging by the wear on it, quite a few.


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j>a>e>17 :):):)26-Mar-2009 04:31
magicALLL~~~mysticALLL~~~muse!~icALLL marvle o'dear mother nature & you grant a cherished portrait o'purest poetry :):):)
Phillip Normanton25-Mar-2009 21:38
You found that darn mushroom then... always getting lost ;o)
Nice DoF - and I hope your socks were clean :o)
Johnny JAG25-Mar-2009 20:55
Sock darning is coming back into fashion
Stewart Mitchell25-Mar-2009 20:33
You've made a fine image of it Ann, and a good story to accompany it. A trigger for great childhood memories!
Lee Rudd25-Mar-2009 20:30
ahhh that is what one of these is!
Kathryn25-Mar-2009 18:02
I have one too, it brought back memories.
I can just about darn a sock, we used to do our own school socks.
The kids don't know they're born today. lol
J. Scott Coile25-Mar-2009 16:51
Very nice Ann.
pr_rajan25-Mar-2009 16:29
...great shot!~V~
Guest 25-Mar-2009 15:19
a beauty and excellent image.
Mairéad25-Mar-2009 14:30
Neat focusing. I have an old one of these at home, probably
belonged to my granny too, but it's missing it's 'stalk'.