August 23, 2008


Once upon a time I thought I'd have children so I always saved my empty thread spools for them to play with. One day after about 30 years of this I looked at all those spools and realized I was never going to have children, and no ones kids would even be interested in such an old fashion slow fashion concept anyway. I sorted out over 200 empty plastic spools and filed them in the round bin outside, but I couldn't bear to just pitch all the wooden ones I'd emptied over the years. So here they sit, waiting for a second life. I doubt they find one with me, I don't like doing small projects like bags and table runners so something that involved spools would probably bore me to death. Yet they stay...waiting patiently to be repurposed. And each time I drop an empty spool in the trash basket I think of these lonely ones.

I think today's thread manufacturers are missing a good marketing tool by using such boring white plastic spools. Surely they can do better than that? Although the snap lock caps are a good thing...

Weekend blessings:
Beans, cucumbers, summer squash
Good health
Good friends
Anticipatory Pleasures


Pieceful Afternoon said...

Oh - wouldn't those make the best "bead" curtain? I can just see them strung, spaced out, along with some pretty glass beads and hanging in the house. The soft sound they would make - the pretty shapes - the memories of happy hours spent stitching. In a doorway they would sway gently as people come and go - hmmmm - now where do we all need a wooden spool curtain? Or against a wall - what a pretty hanging they would make.

Bizarre Quilter said...

Dear Sharyn,
I hope to have children one day too. *hug*
I envision a flower pot person or soft bodied person with arms and legs made of threaded wooden spools. Wouldn't that be cute on the bookshelf next to your craft books? If there is room.. LOL!!

Numismatist Facts said...

Sharyn, we think alike! I have also collected spools for a number of years, especially the wooden ones. They adorn a wall in my lair in an antique tray that was somehow used in printing. As soon as my laptop is up again I will post a photo on my Shooting Blog.

As for the plastic spools, they are going to my granddaughter's preschool this week, along with a bunch of colorful 1 inch strips of fabrics. They will help the little ones learn colors.

Numismatist Facts said...

The photo is now posted.

Pieceful afternoon, I really like the idea of a bead curtain!

Sharyn said...

'bead' curtain, what old hippie doesn't remember the posh apartments of our youth with the bead fringe door curtains. :-)

That is a great printers case Numi, especially with the bright colored thread on the spools. Great use!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Please don't pitch them! I know our guild collects them for a local school. They use them for all sorts of things.

But they're also beautiful just in that basket...or in a glass lamp base, or a tall vase.

Rainma said...

These spools would be perfect for children to string on beads by size or just for coordination. My son is Autistic (23 years old now), but when he was small the local Easter Seals agency had bins of spools for helping children learn hand and eye coordination. I also like the beaded curtain idea!

GRACE said...

love your wooden spools; i save mine too; have them strung on a shoelace that looks like a tape measure and hung up on my peg board....i agree, wish they would come back...

Hazel said...

I used my wooden spool for drawer pulls in my sewing room , they look so cute .

Quiltsmiles said...

I have grandchilren and could kick myself fo rnot saving the tons of spools I've emptied over the years. Today, threads come onm plastic spools and I just wish I had saved the wooden ones. My precious Grandaughter loves to help me sew when she visits. and it would be wonderful for her to sew spools onto a shoelace. Enjoy your collection. It's enviable! LOL

Jane, An adirondack Quilter