Okay, so I want to clear this up from the get-go… its the thread that is antique, not the box.
I mentioned a post ago or so, that I had been a lucky recipient of a massive CraigsList haul of fabric. Pieces that ranged from scraps to full bolts of cotton and upholstery fabrics. Stuff that clearly ranged as far back as the seventies – lots of gold/orange/avocado green/brown combinations and newer. Such great stuff! I’ve already put some of it to use after spending nearly a week to sort through it all.
Well, in that load, there was also some other accessories. Thread, zippers, bias tape and ribbons. The thread is what I wanted to talk about.
These few spools of thread came from an era where the spools themselves were made of wood. To be perfectly honest – and I had a mother who sewed – I don’t recall the last time I saw a wooden spool. I’ve not really researched it, but I think there is some history there. And they are cool looking.
So, I wanted to be able to display them in my sewing room. I searched eBay for an antique or vintage thread holder, and one not too large, as I didn’t want this to be another one of those collections that I went out and bought a few hundred spools! (Trust me, I have been known to do dumb stuff like that!)
Well, I never did find one that I really liked, but seeing all of those on eBay and other Google searches, I had an idea of what I wanted.
Out came my trusty paint stir sticks. It is a simple enough design and I think I had everything measured and cut and the clamped to allow the glue to dry in less than an hour. I added the back, gave it a good sanding and then painted it.
Cute, huh? I love the simplicity of the design and there is some room to add a few spools. Down the road.
I’ve been working on my other projects as well, there is something about working with red paint that lies just this side of aggravating. It takes many coats to get the right color. The back and bottom were painted first and I finally got it back on its feet today. Now three or four coats to the front and sides and we should be in business!
The long dresser and the two nightstands are just about ready for their final touch-ups and hardware. Cross your fingers for me that maybe someone will be looking for a last minute Christmas gift! I’ve ordered the most darling flower petal drawer pulls for both pieces. Adorable!
We’ve still had no snow, thank heavens, and I desperately trying to get everything completed and out of the garage before A) snow comes and my little sports car can be safely tucked away and B) its time for my surgeries.