I first saw these charming little darlings shown here, posted by Kelli Nina Perkins.
And so began a journey in patience, for first I had to bid on these adorable little antique spools, which I found on ebay.
and when they arrived, the Friday after Thanksgiving, I was very excited to get out all my yarns, ribbons, and shiny, sparkly threads …and start playing…
So many pretties… so little time!
and then I added…BEADS!
Aren’t they sooooo pretty? And fun to photograph, too!
So now what do I do with them? I didn’t really want to string them all… although that is quite tempting as they would be a LOVELY garland hanging from the tree, or a window, wouldn’t they? (Which was shown by Kelli on her blog site).
I think I need to get more spools… because I am seriously hooked now! And I’d love to make a Christmas garland with these!
But time is running out, and Christmas will be here way too soon. And they do take a goodly amount of time; keeping in mind that by the time you drop, roll and crawl… as that’s what I ended up doing half the time as I wound, dropped the thread spool, or the needle, or the bead… well you know. But oh…so fun! And by the way, I used a beading needle, and Nymo (beading) thread.
I decided to make them into ornaments, and came up with an idea using some lovely organza from my stash! This is how I incorporated it into the ornament.
I cut a width of perhaps 2-3 inches (no measuring!!) and stuffed it into the spool center hole using the skewers I just happened to see in my drawer while looking for the big carving knife-sharpener on Thanksgiving.
The top loop of fabric is ideal for the metal hanger you can attach or I could add a cord, too, but I think it’s more elegant with just the organza. I also played with trimming the bottom… and I kind of like the idea of a fluffy little skirt on this little beauty. I may cut it straight off… or not! What do you think?
Does this project appeal to you? Maybe you have a great stash of old antique spools somewhere. And happily, I have pink, lime green, aqua, white (and more!) colors of organza handy. Love it when I do not have to go out shopping for anything!
I think these are absolutely beautiful! I'm a mixed media artist and I am trying desperately to learn how to incorporate fibers into my work as art journal tassels and charms but I have absolutely no idea how to go about it. I know nothing about threads, ribbons, sari yarns, and fibers. I was wondering if you could help me out some with getting a grasp of the mediums.
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Love it! What a great idea and I have a huge box of old spools.
Great idea, fabulous execution, and I love the joy that exudes from your posts.
oh my goodness……these are fantastic (i'm actually drooling, i love them so much!). and i love the addition of the organza……it really makes them pop!! xoxo
Wow, they are scrumptious! and I love the added tulle.
Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing…I love the organza touch!
These are gorgeous! I want to make some, I have a box full of empty wooden spools. they would look nice on a gift too. Thanks for the great idea!
Oh, what a nice comment from you Dad.
Oh great! Now I'm hunting for wooden spools. One more bright idea and I'll be looking for a hermit's cave so I can get everything done. These are way too cute!
You have a wonderful artistic design ability. There is no limit to your imagination and expertise.
Love You, Dad
The spools look very pretty. I like the addition of the beads. Definitely leave the frilly end on the organza.
So pretty, and a wonderful idea.
Wow! How cool!!!! Joanie
Brilliant and beautiful idea!
Very pretty. Love your sense of color. You know, they'd look gorgeous on a quilter's Christmas tree.
Enjoy a peaceful Sunday.
These are positively exquisite! I’m drooling! Will definitely be working in some pretty little spools if my own!