Reusing spools

I”m still pulling on this thread, but from what I have learned so far is that thread came on wooden spools beginning about 1820. These spools could be returned for a deposit and be refilled. Later in the 19th century this was discontinued, obviously no longer financially viable for the thread makers. Leading to a more »


Why not a Whatnot?

I have a folder full of housewares and projects on my must build list, but I stumbled over this article in American Agriculturist 1881, and couldn’t get it out of my head. It seemed deceptively simple, if I could only get my hands on some empty spools. Of course I have a number of wooden more »


I have an addiction to nice scissors…or at least they keep following me home. These Pius XII (1939-1958) souvenir scissors live in one of my needlework bags and needed a little protection. It’s little ears indicate it probably came with a sheath, so I figure I would whip up another one with a scrap of more »