Somehow I've gathered quite a collection of these interesting, decorative and useful items.
My first piece, this little chicken, was in my husband's grandmother's sewing box. That got me going and I began to see them at flea markets and antique stores.
I happen to also have lots of these 'old' smaller spools of cotton thread, also from family members, and I find them mostly perfectly strong and usable. The many colors are so great to have on hand for applique. If I tug hard on it and it doesn't break, I use it.
I have several of these clear plastic shallow types....ovals and circles of various size.
What a great design. Those white plastic 'teeth' allow you to single out the color you are using and easily cut new pieces as you sew.
I'm not sure if this tiny little wooden coffee pot is for thread. The smaller than typical spool still doesn't really fit ....but with that little hole in the front what else could it be?
Seriously, if you know or have a theory please send a comment so we can all be enlightened.
This one appears to be homemade - or is hand crafted a better term? It's nicely varnished.
Aren't the threads lovely?
I like the little 'well' at the center of this .....thimble storage? The beige silk poof on the right is a pin cushion but I wonder what the space on the left was for. Perhaps for the spool you are currently using?
This one is collapsible and the thread stays on it. Pretty inventive and great for packing up to sew on the go.
And here's a simple plastic circle...but cute!
What textile related doo-dads have quietly become a collection in your house?