Thursday, June 27, 2013
I find these cardboard spools of thread at sales or thrift shops. A lot of times people just dump them, but I love the shape of them.
There are many decorative projects utilizing the spools.
In this post, they will simply be spools.
Of course there will be torn cotton ribbons and tags!
I bought this bin of spools at an estate sale last weekend. (Read Fleaing Springfield here!) Unfortunately Willie, the wonder dog, thought they were great dog toys. He managed to get yards of thread off a couple of the spools, but I managed to save the rest.
These spools were dusty from being in a garage for years. I used a soft brush to remove any dirt or dust.
Any loose threads were clipped.
The torn cotton ribbons were tied around each spool. Both solids and patterns were used.
At the flea market I had scored a basket of 1960's patterns for children's clothes.
I chose three of them.
Scanned them into the computer.
This is a great way to use your vintage patterns without destroying them.
I printed them out nine to a page. Notice the pale ink colors. My printer is running out of ink. I hate to waste a single drop since it is expensive. So at the end of the cartridges, I select images I am going to distress anyway and keep printing until all ink is gone.
(On a slightly creepy note, my printer emailed Staples to tell them it needed some cyan ink! WHAT!?!)
You knew it, didn't you? I made tags!
The fronts were overprinted with my favorite script stamp and the backs printed with a damask stamp.
Scalloped edges and a tie of mini-jute completed the tags.
Here is a close-up of my favorite one.
Here is a selection of them on top of a bookcase with lace underneath and a shadowbox behind.
The spools are simply great for sitting in little nooks and crannies or piled into a basket.
Quite simply the spools are ornies - little decorative ornaments for your home.
I will be over at Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk 193!