Turning a darning mushroom

We are getting so many orders for darning mushrooms at the moment I’m having to work this fast.

Some pieces of wood are stunning when you machine them, this wavy-grained sugar gum is just burnished on the lathe with no waxes or oil finishes, keeping it dry and smooth to run a needle over (sugar gum is a nice hardness for this). The considered curve of the top is so you can slightly tension fabric so the darning stitches don’t pull the hole together.

Get your toes inside your socks, it’s a good feeling!