Well, when my grandmother gave me a very large bag of spools, there was no thread to be found. I don't know how old the spools are. For all I know, they could be from the late 1990s. But I prefer to call them antique. Because they are empty and wooden. That is the definition of antique, right?
My plan from the start was to string them and hang them in my sewing space. And then, I actually created a sewing space. So I was ready to hang. Then I got an idea.
This idea came from my love of fabric. My love that is so selfish that I would like to keep all of my fabric because I love it so. This love that makes it so hard for me to give my fabric away, even to make stuff out of it.
Maybe this is the cure!
I took an empty spool and cut a strip of fabric the width of the spool with enough length to wrap all of the way around.
No measuring here, just guestimating. Not many of the spools were exactly alike, but if you did have the same sizes, you could use a rotary cutter and cut away with your measurements.
(something funny happens to the color in the next few photos. I want a new camera!!)
Wrap the fabric around:
There are so many possibilities for securing the fabric around the spool. I used short straight pins:
You could use fabric glue, tape, anything that works because...
When you spin it around, no one will know that it didn't just grow onto the spool!
I had so much fun picking out fabrics for the different spools.
Some spools were big
Some spools were small
Some fabrics were left over from dresses that I made for Anna Jane
And some fabrics were new, modern prints that I haven't used yet
There were a couple of options for display...
On the same cakestand:
On a shelf with some antique milkglass (I know these glasses are not wooden, so they contradict the aforementioned definition of antique, but these are antique):
And the original plan, the spool garland:
I actually think I like this arrangement less than the others.
I need help...where do you like them the best? Or do they need a shelf of their own?