Tuesday, August 19, 2014

French Gimp Spools



French gimp trim. old bobbins, Swap & Tell
I love to work with French gimp - a type of trim.

I use it on my tattered tags, Christmas ornaments, signs, and yes, even on fabrics.









I bought two partial bolts of French gimp in pink and cranberry.

It is acetate woven into a loopy design.

It is not from France.

In fact this vintage gimp was manufactured in Union, South Carolina.

Probably 1960's.  The mill has long since been shuttered.







I measured out a very generous six yards.














I had some old bobbins from a cotton mill.

















Wound the gimp around the bobbin.

Secured it with a safety pin with vintage buttons.

Added a sweet distressed cherub tag.





Tonight they will be listed in my Etsy shop.

Five pink spools.










Two cranberry ones.















Use them for basket fillers.

Or supplies.


















And I saved one pink one for Swap & Tell tonight.

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15 comments:

  1. me too....I adore old spools of any kind!

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  2. if you get time...and I don't want to put you in a hard spot...will you please send me more information about your party??? I would love to know more details...That sounds very interesting. I could not get any other page to load today so I have to bug you!

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  3. How pretty! Of course I love the way you put things together and add a pretty tag! I have some of this. I did not know what it was. Guess I'm never too old to learn. Thank you!

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  4. These spools are so pretty! Love them! Do you have any vintage letter 'L' around? Just asking~

    Linda

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  5. These are just gorgeous Donna! I may need to do something similar with my old bobbins. I love the look. I know they will sell quickly! Hope your week is going well!

    Blessings, Vicky

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  6. Cute idea Donna. Those will show well and should be good sellers to use or display.
    You always come up with such clever ideas.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  7. Those old bobbins are wonderful! I love how your secured the pretty trims with buttons on a safety pin! Such a cute idea and adds to the vintage feel. Sweet tag too!

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  8. Old spools are fun, I have a few myself. I love how you put yours together. I can just see them in a sweet romantic room.

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  9. Sew pretty . . . love those old spools . . . such a great way to use them.
    Bravo!
    Keep Smiling . . . your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  10. Those are so cute! Love the spools! Happy sweet weekend! xo Holly

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  11. Super cute Donna! I love the trim and the tag. Didn't know it was called gimp. Thanks for making me a little bit smarter. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  12. I had a spool like that that was turned into a candle snuffer...wonder where it is? Thanks for sharing your charming vintage creations at RLTLT. :)

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  13. I would like to swap my wing for your spool if that's ok with you.

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