Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vintage Spools and Treasured Trims

On my recent trip to New England, my sweet Sis-in-law
gifted me with some special vintage gifts. 

Vintage Sewing Spools were some of the treasures. 

Aren't they great? I love the patina. 

I have no idea exactly what they were used for, 
but I know what I will use them for..... 
 but I will get to that....

The vintage basket was one of my very first 
antique purchases as a new bride. 

I have always loved baskets. 

Sweet Sis added this little star...
she knows I love to sew. 

I found these charming vintage photos
at a flea market recently. 

They are the same little girl and backed by 
heavy card.

I had ideas on how I would use these, too.....

Whenever I go thrifting, I am always on the look-out
for vintage calico fabrics.

These bring back sweet memories of my Grandmother's
dresses, aprons and quilts.

Vintage laces and trims are always on my list, too.

What to do with all this bounty?

Put it all to good use!

I have been looking for a project or two
to keep me busy during the long dark days ahead.

So I tore the calico fabric into 3/4 inch strips,
wrapped them around the spools,
and started crocheting.

I have wanted to make a crocheted basket
to keep my needlework in - something
soft and pretty and quick to work up.

I will share the finished basket in a future post.

The precious vintage photos are perfect
as 'lace holder cards'.

With Christmas just around the corner,
I foresee many happy hours of
rag crochet.

First on my list - my Sweet Sis-in-law.

Thanks Sis! I love the thoughtful gifts!

She also gave me this charming little message <3

Thank you, sweet friends, for all of your
kind Birthday wishes!

It made me feel very blessed!


Linking with: My Salvaged Treasures: Vintage Inspiration Party


Ivy and Elephants: What's It Wednesday

Thank you for hosting these great parties!


  1. I like your treasures. I look for old tablecloths. A few years ago my sis and I were going thru antique stores in Chehalis. I saw a couple old photos of nicely dressed people. I almost bought them, now I wish I had. Not sure what t do with them but they would have had a house, not shelf in an antique. I like your dried hydrangeas. I have some but haven't moved them from the garage. They will look nice in one of my crocks from a long time ago. My mom used them to make sauerkraut. Blessings!

  2. I love your basket !!!!
    Full of memories !!1

  3. Dear Karen,
    I love this little basket and all the things inside :O)
    I love this wonderful Star and the old pictures!
    Yes, full of Memories :O)
    Happy week to you,
    Hugs and blessings,

  4. Wonderful to see you selection of old spools in that charming basket.
    What and inspiration to tear and crochet.
    Lots of blessings from South Africa

  5. Your rag crocheting looks like so much fun and I just love those spools. Have to wonder about all of their earlier uses. What a great new home they have found! Beautiful!

  6. There is a woman with the feeling of all times. Because she is the legend of her own family and her own future. Her name is Karen and she was born for a sunny day.

    Warm greetings from Volos.
    Yannis Politopoulos

  7. I love that you find beauty in such vintage treasures, dear Karen. Crocheting is something that I like to do, too. I look forward to seeing your crocheted basket.

  8. Hi Karen, I love baskets too, and now I love vintage spools! Those are so pretty! I only have little itty bitty silk thread vintage spools. Those are huge and beautiful. Love the glow of the photos.

  9. LOVE THAT SIGN!!! I need to make that sign for my best friend! And your collection of vintage goodness just warms my heart Karen! I can not wait to see more of the rag crocheting as I have never tried that before! How fantastic is that! And what a great idea to wrap those photos like that! Such a pretty basket! A very wonderful Wednesday to you friend! Nicole xo

  10. Such a sweet SIL you have. I love the spools. I've seen someone use them for paper towel holders.

  11. I have wanted to try my hand and making plarn (plastic yarn) from grocery bags. I don't know if my hands are up to it, but I saw someone on the net crochets plan sleeping mats for the homeless. I would like to do that. Again, if my hands will cooperate!

    Another lovely post from you, dear one. Lately have only enough energy for Wordless Wednesday and Six Word Friday. But folks seem to like me just the same. ;) m (& jb, of course)

  12. What a great way to use all the pretty vintage fabric. Looking forward to seeing your new creation. Thanks so much for sharing at VIParty.

  13. Gorgeous post, love the crochet....the spools are so beautiful....Have fun creating... Hugs May x x

  14. Happy Birthday sweet friend! I hope you had the most wonderful day! I love the pretty prints of the fabric and what you've done with your old spools and neat basket. I just bought some old spools at the festival! They are so unusual, aren't they? Enjoy your afternoon! Sweet hugs, Diane

  15. Dearest Karen,
    Love the way you treasure things and than give them a new life and purpose!
    You can feel blessed with such a sister-in-law as well; she deserves some of your creations...
    Sending you hugs,

  16. A sweet lady your sister-in-law but I am sure she recognizes a sweet lady in you :) Lovely post as always :)

  17. Hola amiga querida !! Lindo canasto con todos esos hilos y cintas .. Muy vintsge

  18. Karen,
    I love these vintage photos. My sister first introduced me to vintage cards many years ago, and every since then, I was hooked. Your crocheted basket that you want to make sounds lovely. Can't wait to see it.


  19. What wonderful finds, Karen. I love those old spools. I had several and sent them to my girlfriend that collects them. I love your idea of crocheting a basket. My gramma and mom had lots of calico materials, too. When I was a kid the chicken "mash" came in bags made of calico. My mother would go to the feed store and pick out the bags she wanted. All of her aprons and some of my clothes were made from those bags..and the small pieces were used for quilts.

    Those are great old pictures, too. xo Diana

  20. Dear Karen, love your vintage treasures here! I love to go to flea markets at weekends and look for things - so fun to do something creative with them. Your crocheting project is great! I wish you a happy Halloween - for us, it'll be a rather quiet one too, because my kids are in other towns now studying. But hubby and i will light a fire and make a wish, while eating pumpkin soup! xx

  21. Dear Karen, belated happy birthday. Hope you had a good day celebrating your birthday. Sorry I'm late for the party. Your home looks so cozy and warm. We are getting into hot weather while you are preparing for the upcoming winter. Strange side of the world. Well enjoy your project and looking forward to seeing the finished products. Have a good weekend.

  22. Beautiful baskets my friend!! I love the "you shall reap what you sew" one :)

  23. Love those spools, what a fabulous gift.

  24. You found some beautiful fabric Karen! I rarely find fabric like this in Holland. Looking forward very much to see how the basket will look like once finished.

    Wishing you a Happy and creative weekend!

    Madelief x

  25. I am sure that your finished crochet basket will be beautiful, but I would just keep it as it is now with the supplies all beautifully arranged and your spools with the fabrics wound round as it all looks so pretty! xx

  26. I am just popping in because you are a No Reply blogger when you leave a comment on my blogs. Thank you so much for visiting, Karen, and leaving me such wonderful comments. You da bomb! xo Diana

  27. You have some great treasures here! I'm very impressed with the rag crochet project. I can't wait to see it finished and show it to my mom who began crocheting again.

  28. So glad I found your beautiful blog through good fences. Your blog is wonderful

  29. Dear Karen, the old sewing spools are quite fascinating! I have never seen anything like them. I love the photo of the sofa in front of the big windows with the view into nature. Totally could see me plopping down there with a cup of tea and just enjoying a quite moment. The beautiful little table in the foreground to the left would fit right into my house, too ;-)! Your post reminded me to go to a thrift store as well. I haven't done it for months and it can be so much fun.
    Enjoy your crocheting project I would love to see the finished basket.
    Wishing you a nice rest of the weekend!

  30. Oh what lovely gifts you have received from your sweet sis-in-law. So fun that you enjoyed your time together. I am sure I will love your rag crochet.

  31. Wonderful! I have the same basket and wooden spools! Just learned to crochet and would love to try it with rags....how pretty your basket already looks! lovely post!


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