Actually it is more than 331 spools of thread because I just got a phone call saying my mother found MORE! Where? In my grandmother's apartment that she moved out of..
I sorted through 331 spools yesterday.. This is what it looked like in process.
My 6 year old daughter helped to sort them by color and I watched as she counted all 331. See the blue boxes?
Yep you guessed it, she had bought some by the box! They were all brand new spools in the boxes.
There is no way I will use this much thread in one lifetime! So I split the new stuff up into Ziplocs and I am sending all the new stuff home with various family members who I know have machines.
This was ALL new in-box!
But not all of it was. Some spools were very old. We are talking wooden spools of thread old. The thread is not good for machine sewing when that old. Breaks too easily, and jams up machines, so... I had to think of a way to use those up. Lucky for me someone already had an idea. A spool wreath that they sold it on etsy. So I just copied her version and made one of my own for the craft room.
Love it? I do!
Here is where it is for now on the sewing/craft room wall.
And the bird picture?
Made by my grandma! MEG there by the leaf, Mildred Ethel Gillis.
Just knew it would go great in my craft and sewing area as well.
I love knowing that she did all those stitches herself with her own two hands.
But back to the thread... What next? Well I was not left completely empty handed to deal with the thread. I ended up with 3 organizers total from both grandmas.
So first step, make sure I have some of each color.
This clear holder only fit small spools but I love the fact you can see all the colors through the box!
This one has extra storage for pins, and scissors, and whatever else you want in the bottom tray. It rotates like a Lazy Susan. But I might pass this one on to John's cousin if she wants it because it came from her grandma's house.
I really don't NEED it too much because I have this one.
It is a Rubbermaid one. When did Rubbermaid stop making things this cool. It folds up and has compartments for buttons and such that snap closed.
I really like it and it fits nicely on my shelf.
Still working on revamping my whole craft room, you are getting sneak peeks, more coming soon. I am glad I decided to start to tackle the craft/sewing room project right before the stuff from the grandmas started to pour in my direction. Without that pre-organization, I would be WAY overwhelmed right now.
But I still have a TON of thread leftover.. Where do I store that?
Well I had these just laying in the closet.
Genius??!! I think so!
That works on this wall nicely.
See the curtains?
They were once pillow cases from Grandma Bauer's, I just cut them up the sides and slid them on the curtain rod. I just love them and they match some of the other things that I will show you in another post.
The framed pictures were pictures my husband did in art class when he was in elementary school. I trimmed them down and framed them a few years back for our toy room and kept them there now that our toy room is my shared sewing space too.
I STILL HAVE MORE THREAD in a box I don't know what I am going to do with yet. Some not great for sewing because of it's age. Add that to the stuff my mom said she found today in the apartment.
You are more than welcome to send ideas my way for what to do with all the spools of thread.
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