Jan 13 2008

Patching Wool

Published by at 11:08 am under Animal Materials

Purist Warning! This post contains non-primitive tools. 🙂

What you need to do this:

  • A wool garnment with holes in it.
  • A blunt, preferably large needle with a big eye.
  • Some wool thread. Preferably matching colours, though I didn’t have that available..

Knitted and felted wool is two of the most common materials for traditional clothes in Norway. Wool is warm, even when wet, but it has one disadvantage: It wears out quickly if used in tasks that abrades it heavily. Because of this it’s smart to know how to patch them.

The whole process is organised as when weaving cloth. Start by making threads going in one direction. Use simple overhand stitches, but don’t tighten them together.


Then you weave like on a loom. Remember that there are threads on the inside too, that needs to be incorporated. This is a little fiddely, but if you poke around a little in the hole with the needle you’ll find them. Feel on the inside as well, to make it easier. The first row is the hardest.


There is no need to make any knots at the beginning or end of the weave. Just make a few additional stitches. It’s remarkable quick to patch a pair of mittens, socks or whatever.


Just for your information, I am crappy at patching wool, as you probably can see it looks like a mess. It does the job though.


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2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Patching Wool”

  1. Marcon 13 Jan 2008 at 2:07 pm

    No problem in using a steelneedle for such tasks. The goal is to get the socks, mittens or whatever fixed so you can use them again. That’s legitimate enough 😉



  2. Vickyon 31 Jan 2008 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for this post; I’ve been looking for someone to teach me how to darn. I can’t wait to try out this method :).

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