Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vintage Sewing Spool Necklace

A Rolling Blog Hop by One Kiss Creations Jewelry
 
This wonderful blog hop hosted by Christine at One Kiss Creations is running along throughout the month of November. Christine sent each participant some lovely vintage wooden sewing spools and beads to use in this very fun no stress of a deadline hop. About half of the participants have posted and you can find more information about their work at links listed at the bottom of this post. And after a few tries, here is what I finally came up with:
 
 
I thought it would be fun to research the history of the wooden spools I had received including Lily, Vera, Star, Coats, Coats & Clark sewing threads. Coats & Clark celebrated it's 200 year anniversary last year and has published a lovely historic timeline on their website which is really worth the visit. I don't feel I can be 100% accurate just by looking at pictures on the Internet but would not be surprised if some of these spools go back to the early 1900's. Aw, now why did I have to go on and cover them up?
 
 
I love the flowing look of all the ribbons and used two different kinds. I started here with a few reclaimed sari ribbons from Darn Good Yarn in peach and blue for a wonderful vintage distressed look. Then I added a few fairy and silky ribbons to soften things up bit, these were purchased at Marsha Neal Studio. The lace ribbon used here was actually dyed by me and if you would like to learn more about my first adventure into the world of natural dyes click here. The faux antique porcelain roses and smoky AB crystals came from Cousin which can be ordered in small quantities at Prima Bead.
 

Everyone has been so creative in the use of their spools! Be sure to check out all the participants, the names highlighted in blue have already posted their designs. The rest will display their work some time later this November, following the date of this post. On with the hop!

A Rolling Blog Hop

 












 
 
 
 


20 comments:

  1. ...w o w ! You did well! Have a nice sunday!

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  2. Hi Lisa,
    I love this soft fabric necklace and the way you decorated the spools with lace and beads. I reminds me of Victorian style.
    Therese

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  3. I love this Lisa-and thank you for all the links too-off to check some out.

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  4. Wow, Lisa, this looks SO comfy... love the beautiful antique colour palette!

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  5. this reminds me of the late 60's and early 70's, when we made our own necklaces nothing so elegant but with bits and pieces, I love what you've done here...

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  6. This has such a Victorian, romantic feel to it! I thought I recognized the lace .... I love how you dyed it by hand with such soft colors! This is a fabulous piece!! and you know I LOVE the history :) will have to click through all the links!

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  7. Oh, the way you used the ribbon and lace with your spools is so nice. It gives it such a romantic, girly feel! The lace placed inside the spool is awesome. You did a fab job with this challenge. I'm really enjoying seeing how we each altered these so differently!

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  8. Oh, Lisa, I just purchased vintage spools this weekend! Thanks for this idea! I pinned it! It's just lovely!

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  9. Lisa, this spool piece is so romantic and feminine and lovely. What a gorgeous piece all around. I just love how you wrapped your spools in the lace (i wrapped mine in fabric, but not nearly as beautiful as these!!!) and in some seeds/drops I recognize too :-) When you did the dye post, I was so hoping that lace would show up here...YAY! The roses are the perfect extra touch to tie all this prettiness together. And the history is interesting. I clicked on your link and really enjoyed the timeline and the photos. 200 years...what a long time to be around. Now you have me wondering the age of the spools. Thank you SO much for doing this Hop~I really appreciate you taking time to bring this romantic beauty to life.

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  10. Artful pairing of the vintage spools with the porcelain and crystals - a great contrast with the softness of the ribbons. And I LOVE that no two spools are alike. Each is uniquely embellilshed. Fantastic design!

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  11. I love your soft beautiful necklace, Lisa! The lace around the spools is such a great idea! It just looks like a wonderfully soft necklace to wear and the vintage feel ties in with the spools so well. Thanks for the link to the history of Clarks!

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  12. I love how you made these hard spools so soft and wearable! Glad to have found your blog!

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  13. What a beautiful necklace! I love how discreet the spools are woven among all the soft, colorful textiles. I would totally wear this-what a gorgeous piece! Well done!

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  14. I love how feminine these are Lisa. Really pretty and soft!

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  15. You used them all, I can't even believe it. And you used them all SO WELL. Flowing lacy goodness. Feminine yet not over the top girly. You really made a gorgeous reminder of the past, a reflection of perhaps a simpler time yet with elegance and style.

    Also, thank you for the link to Coats & Clark. How interesting. I can't believe back in 1987 they sponsored a NASCAR driver. What a strange marketing strategy that was.

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  16. Oh, your lovely necklace is just so fitting for these vintage spools - exciting design - makes me want to reach through the screen and touch it! 200 year anniversary - wow. You just don't see many good ol' wooden spools anymore,...not like the old ones anyway!!

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  17. That is really just a "wow" necklace. I love everything about the fabric, lace and beading and I love how it compliments the vintage spools so well.

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  18. Oh I LOVE the look of these the spools I especially love I have a strange addiction to collecting the, I had no idea how old they are and how much can be done with them. Thank you for sharing. B

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