Boro, Darning and me






I found all these mending threads in a charity shop. I don’t know how old they are, but maybe 40 or 50 years old. Possibly older. They’re in good condition: you’d think they were made yesterday.

Do you like to mend things? Do you gaze in awe at Boro textiles?

I mend from time to time, but I’m always admiring photos of Boro textiles. Maybe I haven’t paid too much attention to darning but I think it’s probably similar. What do you think? Anyway, I decided to see if I could combine practicality and looks with a bit of mending. I love these socks – they’re great in long boots. I think they’re known as shooting socks – maybe meant to go with Plus Fours? Not sure.


The look of Boro?

I don’t know where I got these mending threads but they’re very pretty. Maybe I thought they were embroidery threads. They have the motto of “Ukanboil” on the label. Don’t think I’ll be boiling my socks any time soon. The label also says that they are for mending underwear…

My Pinterest board is full of beautifully mended Boro textiles and there are a few darned pieces too – like this beauty. I’ve classed it as Boro on Pinterest.


This image was originally from . I love the visible mending.

My attempt at mending with the sock threads. Although the after photo makes the sock look nubbly it’s actually quite comfortable to wear.

And just today I saw this post showing a beautifully mended blanket. Please go and take a look.

Do you love Boro textiles? Do you enjoy mending?

I’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy your week.

Norma x


Filed under boro, Clothes, mending, recycling, sewing, textiles, Thrift

24 responses to “Boro, Darning and me

  1. I love the look of Boro, but I’ve never tried it. I’m pretty sure I have almost all of the things necessary to do it. I just need to find something that needs mending!

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  2. Deb

    I don’t knit so wouldn’t know about the Boro thread,I do enjoy mending jeans. It’s fun the repair the rips to where it adds character to the pants.

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  3. I love mending. There is a sense of accomplishment when you are done. I got started when we were at a low income phase of our lives and never looked back. I mended bath towels, his jeans and more. I am now mending socks in the same technique as you. Socks do have a definite learning curve; don’t they? Well, at least for me they do. 😉

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  4. I can’t say I actually enjoy mending, but I’ve owned a few pair of socks that were so comfortable I darned them until there was nothing left.

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  5. I love your darns, and I think there is something special about mending your favourites and prolonging their useful lives.

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  6. What a fantastic idea! I’m finding it really hard to find different coloured darning wools and my favourite big floppy wool cardigan is getting a little thread-bare. I bought it in Estonia, many years ago and it is simply the warmest thing I own. It has a lovely frieze of elks and Christmas trees and I’m finding it hard to find all the different coloured darning wools to mend it. Perhaps I should embrace the Boro look and just mend away regardless of the colour differences.

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  7. I learnt to do darning when I was in the guides in Scotland. A great skill to have. I hadn’t heard of boro until I read your post.

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  8. Hi Norma. I had to set up a new blog so please come over and visit me at

    My former photo hosting site has too many problems. They started deleting photos from subscriber’s sites as a way to coerce them into purchasing a higher priced plan for “quality service”. My blog lost too many photos. I told them to stuff it and started a new blog with the photos uploaded to WordPress.

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  9. Maia Rainwood

    I love boro! I found your blog/this post searching for it, in fact. I too have Pinterest boards dedicated to this sort of stitching but haven’t done very much. I tried mending a scarf today and I think maybe it is the wrong sort of scarf to mend with boro.


  10. Norma, you haven’t posted in months… I hope all is well with you! I miss your creativity!


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