Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Things I love !!!
Well where has the last week gone ?? what about the weather as well !! Rain rain go away come back another day ! ( not come back every single day !!) . If I'm not at work , which is more often than I would like at the moment . I'm sheltering in the house from the atrocious weather . For this reason I thought I would share with you some images of what I like to surround myself with at home . As you can imagine I have quite a lot of textile related paraphernalia . Some of which I have inherited and some I have bought . I absolutely adore these wooden spools of thread which I inherited from my husbands great Aunt . She was born in about 1910 and sewed all her life , I treasure these spools and occasionally I will use some of the thread , it really excites me to think that as I snap a piece of thread off with the spool cupped in hand I am doing exactly as she did many many many years ago . I think some of the spools may even date from the 30's and 40's , looking at the letter types on the beautifully aged labels . The wood has a well used patination to it and they are so tactile . I soooo wish they still made wooden spools like this instead of plastic ones ,
Other things I like and have about my home on display are items from the old wool industry , which used to thrive in Yorkshire . My family for generations have had some connection with textiles , my mum , grandma and great grandma were all spinners and weavers . My mum went into the wool mills of Bradford at age 15. My mum and I are tracing our family history and we have found that one line of her maternal line were frame work stocking knitters right back into the eighteenth century . So I think it's safe to say that textiles is in my blood !!!
These shuttles hang in my hall way and I have the pleasure of looking at them everyday , they are beautiful things to hold . How many hands have these touched , the stories they could tell from the textile mills of Lancashire .
I found these spools at a local old mill which used to spin wool but now sell outdoor clothing and wool . Some needed a serious clean to get a lot of grease off , but a bit of wire wool and bees wax brought them up a treat !!! I actually use them as candle holders in my living room .
These items are all very humble in origin but for their different reasons give me a great deal of pleasure to have and to use in my life .
I have managed a bit of sewing over the last week , not as much as I would have liked .The hares are back in production and the tree cushion I'm doing is progressing nicely !! So here's a bit of a peek .