from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of mending by imitation of texture.
  • noun Articles to be darned: as, the week's darning lay on the table.

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  • verb Present participle of darn.

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  • noun the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads


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  • India, who does this artistic style of darning, is famed for skill.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • "Ou, aye, my dear," said Elspeth, who was deeply engaged in darning a very large hole in one of my great-grandfather's socks.

    Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls 1872

  • Certain sewing days in school, called darning days, are sacred to the renovation of worn-out garments which the girls bring from home.

    The New Education A Review of Progressive Educational Movements of the Day (1915) Scott Nearing 1933

  • The former is called darning, the latter, patching.

    Encyclopedia of Needlework Th��r��se de Dillmont 1868

  • Allied to these canvas stitches and having their origin in them, are the numerous forms of groundings, which are now worked on coarse linens, or in fact on any fabric; and have sometimes, although incorrectly, been called darning stitches, probably from their resemblance to the patterns which are found on samplers, for darning stockings, old table linen, &c. &c.

    Handbook of Embroidery L. Higgin 1852

  • Another way of disposing of the undrawn threads is to cover them with a kind of darning stitch, as illustrated in fig. 117.

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving Grace Christie

  • One kind of darning is rather popular at the present moment, and examples of it may be familiar; it is a large, bold kind of work, often carried out with a coarse twisted silk.

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving Grace Christie

  • The girls, who were most of them busy with odd jobs such as darning, making out lists, rewriting work, writing letters home and so on, looked up as June strode into the room.

    In the Fifth at Malory Towers Blyton, Enid, 1898?-1968 1950

  • The fancy fillings such as darning, French knots, etc., are demonstrated and described in the following pages, and the colour plates endeavour to give the idea of the correct colourings.

    Jacobean Embroidery Its Forms and Fillings Including Late Tudor Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam

  • _ -- The letters and surrounding decoration shown in this example of cut or open work are built up on a square network of warp and weft threads that were left at regular intervals throughout the space, when the unnecessary threads were withdrawn, and then covered with a kind of darning stitch.

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving Grace Christie


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