Sunday, July 25, 2010

Spools rule!

Okay, so Wendy has new spool-like structures on the way.  Seems like this type of thing is one of the new rages because Linda Cain has spools featured on her blog of 7/22 that were inspired by kits that Julie Van Oosten from down under sells.  You can check out her blog here.  Once there you can click on the video of her making these guys - so easy and lots of fun.  I'm sure her kits are sturdier than what I made but since I'm not known for my patience and like to use what's on hand these will do for now.

The flower was made from kraft paper, Tim's tattered floral die and Wendy's new stamps.  The leaf is one that Japanese beetles made lacy just for me!  LOL 
The scrolls are Jenni Bowlin mini papers and a QuicKutz die with Wendy's word.

The sewing spool has muslin, old trim for a ribbon, an old snap, Wendy's stamps (shirt and measure) and the QuicKutz die.

The scrapbook papers are leftovers from other projects so I don't know who makes them.  Brown distress inks were used on the spool tops & bottoms.

I do have a large collection of antique spools in my sewing room but am afraid of altering them.  If I were to sell them later I don't want to affect their re-sale value.  I've sewn most of my life and come from a family of advanced sewers so these items are of special interest to me.  I've acquired much fabric, lace, trims, etc. from my dh's side of the family (old button makers) because no one was interested.  Gee, too bad, because I AM!


  1. Just love your spools!! I saw the video too, via the link on Linda's blog, it was great but I haven't had time to try them yet.

  2. These are just darling! I have to go and watch the video and see if I can give this a try.

  3. It's beautiful! I don't blame you for not wanting to alter your original spools; wish I had a few myself. But, where there is cardboard and chipboard and glue....there can be new "old" spools, LOL.
    I'm off to make some more.....

  4. Beautiful!! Love them!! I was playing with making some last night to, not done yet but think they are so cool!!

  5. Beautiful spools, I love the vintage feel and love that flower on the top. Decorated so beautifully. Tracy Evans x

  6. Yes, I actually thought of YOU, Susan, when I saw the "notion" of using spools--you are the perfect match for this form of art and the proof is in these gorgeous pieces!

  7. Great job! Yes, I see they're all the rage now! Wonder who started it first? lol This looks really great, Susan, love how you incorporated Wendy's stamps, very cool!