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 .

So ta ta for now and thanks for popping by !!

12 comments:

  1. I wish they still made wooden spools instead of plastic ones, too. I love your shuttles! After moving houses and countries in the past years, I'm still having some with my floor wooden loom and my tapestry loom. I really enjoy your collection, thanks for sharing!

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  2. How tantalising - I want to see more. I too have some lovely old spools - they are gorgeous aren't they! xx

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  3. All of these things are so beautiful. I always marvel at how women have been spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing for millions of years..how those same women passed the skills we know down through generations for us all to enjoy, isn't it a wonderful thought. I absolutely love those spools as candle holders..just gorgeous and so tactile looking, I bet they feel smooth and lovely. As for your hares, they are just something special...one day, if there is a spare one for me to buy, please let me know, I am just in love with them! x

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  4. It's fascinating to see those shuttles and old spools. I've got some wooden ones, but I'm sure they're not as old as those. Much nicer than the modern plastic ones, though, and great cat toys when they're empty!

    Roll on some sunny weather!

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  5. I know exactly what you mean - I have some wooden spools from my Nan's sewing box and they are a joy, both as connection to the past and in their squat little shape. I always manage to break a bit off the plastic ones and then they're a serious hazard!

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  6. Love your spools and shuttles .. I'm also from a textile family too .. my grandmother worked in the textile mills in Oldham Lancashire .. she even had all her front teeth knocked out when she was only 20 after being hit in the face by a shuttle from one of the machines ... a hard life back then!

    Fleur xx

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  7. Wow, they are real treasures!

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  8. I understand exactly the feeling you have when holding those tools.I get the same feeling over my Nans millinery tools she had.I remember watching her make hats for weddings as a child. The smell of the meths Bunsen burner when she heated the tools for shaping stiffened silk into flowers.

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  9. How interesting. You have real pieces of history in your house. I love your hares!

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  10. What lovely things, I love the spools and the shuttles. We have some shuttles at home as my Dad was a weaver in Lancashire but I think we originated from Sheffield so no doubt other family members were probably also in the trade x x

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  11. I also enjoy old spools, bobbins, shuttles, anything related to sewing! I have garbage-picked more treadle sewing machine bases (wrought iron decorative ones) than my husband can count...poor guy! But, he's an angel and fixes them up for me and turns them into snazzy end tables! Anyways, I collect old spools, and have some wooden ones from my great grandmother, grandmother, and mother, and a few of my own from spools I purchased as a child for my own little doll clothes sewing! They have such character, don't they? Also, so enjoyed your photos of your plants, all so lovely. Each Spring is a gift, isn't it? I am so excited that the Olympics will be in London! Between the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations and the Olympics, you all have quite alot of happy things going on! How wonderful! This weekend, here in the States, it is our Memorial Day on Monday, when we remember all the fallen soldiers. It is somber in many respects, but also a time of thanksgiving. Unfortunately, many young people would rather go to the beach, party, etc., and lose sight of the meaning of the day. But, I don't. My father was in the United States Army Air Corp and served as a topnotch machinist, stationed both in Northern Ireland, and in England, during WWII. Many an RAF fighter plane did he make parts for in cooperative efforts in the war. He loved England. I hope one day to retrace his steps there, and to attend Evening Prayer at St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. I am Anglican at heart, in worship and in practice. all the best to you. Hope you are feeling better! E. Hansen, Pennsylvania

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  12. Hi Elizabeth ,I'm sooo glad there are other people like me that get pleasure from such old and beautiful utilitairian items . I'm glad you hold true to your Memorial Day ,I too am from a Military family my Father served on H.M.S Ark Royal as a Radar Opperator ,his brothers , my uncles were all in the Britsih Army until they took retirement and one of their sons , my only male cousin followed in his fathers footsteps and joined the army .Unforunatley he is now one of our brave Fallen ,we lost him nearly two years ago after he had given about 15 years service . He was on tour in Afghanistan and was killed by an I.U.D .He is forever in our hearts and I still cry when I think of him ,may he rest in peace !! I hope you one day full fill your dream and visit St Paul's or Westminster . I will have you in my thoughts on Monday .Have a lovely weekend with kind regards Tracy.

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