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In general, the English term ‘darning’ refers to a sewing technique used for repairing holes or worn areas of a fabric. The term darning, however, can also refer to several decorative needlework techniques that use darning stitches (in this context the term used for running stitches or straight stitches). The main types of darning in this context are:

Pattern darning: a type of embroidery that uses parallel rows of darning stitch of different lengths to create geometric designs. Sometimes the term of needleweaving is used for this type of darning ("chicken scratch").

Needleweaving: a form of drawn-thread-work, which involves darning or re-weaving patterns on bare warp or weft threads. This is not the same as ("chicken scratch") needleweaving.

Net darning, darned netting or darned net: also called net embroidery, embroidered net, or, many cases, filet lace. This is a technique that uses darning stitches to create a design on a mesh (net) foundation.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 72-74.


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