Wooden spools

I was at a thrift shop the other day and noticed in their notions area a handful of wooden spools with a variety of threads on them.  I love wooden spools – I like their look, they are fun to play with, and they remind me of time spent at my grandmothers house.  At 25 cents a spool, how could I not bring them home with me?
Usually when I do something like this the items end up in a drawer or box somewhere because, though I couldn’t leave them at the store, I don’t really have a use or place for them.  But not this time!  I had a sudden idea and ran with it.
I thought they would make cute Christmas tree decorations.  I added a bit of tatting that I already had, strung a string through the center and, presto! tree ornaments!
Yes, they are hanging on a Christmas tree.  No, I don’t have my Christmas decorations up yet. I’m going to have this tree at the craft show this next weekend, using it as a display for my tatted snowflakes.
I’ve been tatting a lot recently to get ready for this craft show.  I don’t feel like I have enough items for it, but I could be wrong. I’ve been getting everything together today so I can plan out the layout of the tables but ran into a snag when I found one of my tables was broken. My wonderful husband has done some repairs on it but I can’t use it until tomorrow.  Then I’ll find out just what I have and how I want it laid out for the show.  I’m hoping to have it pretty much together by tomorrow night.  Wouldn’t that be a surprise?
“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
Thomas A. Edison
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13 thoughts on “Wooden spools”

  1. How true – one never knows when and where creativity may strike ! I have a few wooden spools with pure silk thread – left over from my Mom's machine embroidery days. They are like a memento to me now.
    I hope you share your table display pics with us 🙂
    Wishing you success and even more creative inspiration

  2. There's a fellow at our craft events who carves marvelous items from wooden spools and is always looking for them, as they are more and more difficult to find! I'm so glad you rescued these, and are even putting them on display! So colorful and a great idea! If you are selling them, they probably won't be on the tree for long!

    There was a time when I did a complete 'dress rehearsal' of my displays, spending hours at home working on the details. It's fortunate that I am able to go in a day in advance to get the tables and tablecloths positioned 'just right', and I can even leave the tree and doll house overnight. But on the day of the event I inevitably become distracted and forget where I wanted to put things. These days, I kind of 'wing it and don't do the 'dress rehearsals' anymore! It's all I can do to get everything packed into containers and into the car!

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