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Thread: Wooden Spools

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    Wooden Spools

    Hello everyone! I'm so glad I discovered this site. I've inherited a basket full of my grandmother's wooden spools and have some crafty ideas of what to do with them (Christmas ornaments, garland, etc.), but I have a question. This open basket of spools was stashed on a basement shelf and has accumulated years of dust, and probably mouse droppings before I received it. Any ideas on how to clean them?
    Thanks a bunch!

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    Drop them in warm soapy water, it shouldn't hurt them. Swish around and rub off the dirt. Rinse and dry.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Are they empty spools or still have thread on them? You can just wash them with a little antibacterial soap water if they are empty. If they have dusty thread, I would remove the thread and then wash. If you want to clean them and preserve the thread, I have no idea how to best do that.

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    My daughter made me this wreath for Christmas this year. I have it hanging on my sewing room door. She got many of the wooden spools on ebay.
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    i put some long screws in them and screwed them to the wall ....great place to hang stuff...

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    Welcome from South Dakota. I was at a rummage sale and came across a basket of thread - all on wooden spools. When I paid for the items they didn't charge for the spools as they didn't have much thread! Was I lucky!

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    Hi from Ohio! I agree with Pat M. and put them in soapy water.
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    Clever and cute

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    I had some wooden spools that I found in my Aunt's house. I obtained a 2 qt. canning jar that was my Grandmother's and made a lamp. dH modified a lamp kit purchased at the hardware store, and a lampshade. Ta da- vintage lamp. Some of the spools still had thread on them and others were empty. I put torn strips of fabric around the empty ones. The shade was covered with verticle strips of torn fabric also. It's very cute for a sewing area and I saw one in an antique store.
    As for washing the, the empty spools would be easy. If there is not much thread on them, I would treat them as empty. But I think if there is a lot of thread on them, they might get musty-smelling if dried slow. I wonder if you could dry them outside in the sunshine?
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