accumulator seriali - part 25

vintage spools - paperiaarre.com Still sharing sewing related accumulations! My spool collection has grown without much trying. These are all threads I actually use - either in my mixed media work or for sewing endbands for fancy books.

vintage spools - paperiaarre.com

The tallest spools are old artificial silk, purchased for 1€ each, if I remember correctly. My mother and I ran into a huge box of them in a fabric store a long time ago, but sadly only bought a small lot each. The second largest spools are a gift from across the big sea, from the friend who reads my mind and never fails to make me squeal with delight when surprises come in the mail (thanks again, dear!). The rest is from various lots of vintage sewing notions I've found online.

vintage spools - paperiaarre.com

It seems no time can take away the sheen of silk. Some thread has become brittle with time, but some is still truly as good as new. It's always a pleasure to include bits of old silk thread in my mixed media work.

buttonhole silks for sewing endbands to books - paperiaarre.com

This is the box where I keep silks dedicated to sewing endbands. These are buttonhole silks, mostly Gütermann, some brand new (=bought in the past 10 years by me), some passed down from my grandmother. I couldn't find the thread on Gütermann website anymore, so it may now be discontinued, which is a real shame. This thread is wonderful to work with, and I hate the idea of not being able to get more.

buttonhole silks for sewing endbands to books - paperiaarre.com

As you can see, the thread becomes thinner the newer the spool, so it's a tricky business coming up with colour combinations using only thread from the same era. But one can hardly go wrong with pairing that delicious mustard yellow with gray! I've yet to decide the colours for my next fine binding, but I'm really tempted...

PS. My apologies for the site being suuuper slow for the past week! My hosting company is having issues, and it's really beginning to bug me. I may have to move if things don't improve quickly...