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    Dose anyone here collect old wooden spools of thread?

    I just bought some "Made in America": Spun Dee thread by American Thread, from what I understand its the old Coats & Clarke, 1970's Polyester. Great thread! Here's part of my lot. There is tons more. I thought I would make ornaments to give my quilting friends.
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    Many people collect them. After you use the thread you can fill a big clear jar with them. They look quite nice like that.

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    Wow that is awesome!! Love those spools! I hand quilt with some thread that was my great Aunts many many years ago and it is still strong thread. I think I had two boxes of it. With every stitch I think of her.

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    Yes, I do. I just bought a little lamp made from a spool of thread & plant on putting that into a wicker basket filled with other wood spools of thread for decoration in my sewing area.

    Shari

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    I saw a really cool wreath made from spools of thread on Pinterest. I don't remember if I pinned that one or not but it shouldn't be all that hard to make.

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    How neat! I don't collect them per se, but I have some spools of thread from when I was a little girl and my grandmother used to use and taught me with. Have a Talon color 330 hot pink color that I actually used recently and it's still in great shape, a Spun Dee 449.5, a Star mercerized from American Thread Co marked at 15 cents for the spool and a handful of JP Coats between 30 and 35 cents. They are probably worth not a lot, but they are worth millions to me!
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    I collect them. I have many from my young days and from my mom's sewing days. I have a small collection, but am trying to get a bigger collection going. It's a slow process. I find them here and there.
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    ​Way cool! After I used the thread I would find a project to use them in. I've seen little Santa faces carved into wooden spools for ornaments. They make nice ends on 1/4 inch wooden dowel for wallhangings, legs for doll beds and of course put into a jar for display. The little wooden boxes are cute too!

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    If they came in the boxes the thread is in, that's a great find too.

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    Yes I do!! Have one that was my Mothers, she used the thread to sew things on my Dad's Navy uniform during WWII They make great knobs on sewing cabinets in your sewing room. I also put them in baskets with old scissors and sewing things.

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    i collect old spools of thread. i was lucky enough to get them from 3 grandmas. along with them, the jar contained other notions of the time...snaps, needle books, loose pins and needles...and buttons!

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    I do, i do. I would love that!!!!!! Love those colors, so awesome. Ive got about 4-5 spools. Trying to get more.
    the minute people hear im collecting them they want to charge me $5 a spool. Crazy. Wanna swap something???????

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    Ive been haunting yard sales for them

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    Yes I do. I have the little Santa carved from a spool and can't for the life of me remember where it came from. I keep the spools in a jar for display. Some of the thread is so old it's not good anymore.
    I have a Coats Clark spool cabinet that I keep machine embroidery thread in but recently I spotted a spool cabinet for Belding thread that was a vertical cabinet with lots of glass. Really neat antique I that I had never seen before. very expensive too. I do remember using Belding thread which was very good.

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    What kind or ornaments are you making, im nosy, and i love ornaments.

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    I collect them, have a couple of old gallon jars full. Most of the thread is still good. I have used a couple of the large spools with not so good thread as door nobs for my fabric cabnet. Just coated the thread with Elmers glue, let dry. drilled hole in door and ran a 3 1/2 inch bolt through the spool and door. Works great and another deco for my room. LOL

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    What a great buy! Beautiful threads colors cool!!

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    Beautiful thread. I have only a few wooden spools from my mother. Love it!
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    Wooden spools

    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    How neat! I don't collect them per se, but I have some spools of thread from when I was a little girl and my grandmother used to use and taught me with. Have a Talon color 330 hot pink color that I actually used recently and it's still in great shape, a Spun Dee 449.5, a Star mercerized from American Thread Co marked at 15 cents for the spool and a handful of JP Coats between 30 and 35 cents. They are probably worth not a lot, but they are worth millions to me!
    I read someplace, don't remember where, but that wooden spools are worth a lot of money, so I put all my wooden spools in a box with a note not to get rid of them .

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    Ohhhh swoon.... I have been looking for some... may I ask where you was able to purchase it? Is there a link? Thanks,Tricia
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    Love the spools and the bright colored threads. I have never seen an ornament made from a thread spool but would love to. They would be a great gift for a quilt friend. Jen

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    very cute ideas
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    I do too, what a wonderful find. I would love to dip my hands into those threads.
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    I found a plastic bag of very old wooden spools at goodwill for 99 cents. I bought it for my sewing room. What a find, eh?
    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamquilter View Post
    I read someplace, don't remember where, but that wooden spools are worth a lot of money, so I put all my wooden spools in a box with a note not to get rid of them .
    They're only worth what someone is willing to pay for them. As true 'collectables' they're not worth much at all, however.

    I have a couple hundred, not collected really. Some were my mother's and most were simply purchased new when I first started sewing. I still use the thread so they're all treated like any other spool of thread.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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