A Vintage Christmas – Spool Ornaments

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Spool crafts are not a new thing, but they’re the very essence of Vintage Made Modern. They’re just as much fun to craft with today as they were a hundred years ago!

The best thing about them is that they’re at the heart of being a maker – using what we have on hand–leftover spools of course, and pieces of ribbon or leftover fabric, buttons, beads, whatever beautiful things to make something new and lovely to add color and love to our surroundings and to celebrate what we do.

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I love thumbing through the pages of my vintage fashion and home arts magazines finding articles like this in The Delineator.

The article showing spools in use to create household items. How much fun a person could have with a huge vintage spool collection!

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Projects listed include a flower pot, a spool screen, spools decorating a jardiniere, a picture frame, a table with spool legs and trimming and a spool book rack.

“Interest in spool work has by no means subsided, and many useful and decorative articles are made either wholly or in part of spools of various sizes. Patience and deft fingers are required to successfully manipulate the wire which supports the spools, for it must be bent and curved to give exactly the proper shape. The spools must, of course, receive two or three coats of enamel or gilding before they are presentable.”

01781c71d26265dd0c4f81d9c00f9b338eb80fbfc5I particularly love the table with spool legs! And, in Amy’s Favorite Finds we have free vintage instructions for creating your own set of Spool Shelves.

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And also the Spool doll and dog! These would make darling ornaments!

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Games and crafts make for wonderful memories! My holiday plans include making ornaments in our studio with family. At Thanksgiving we made Fabriflair ornaments. I think we will try the spool pup for Christmas—stayed tuned for photos!!!
Have you done any crafts with spools? I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram @amybarickman_studio so I can see your spool creations!
Merry Christmas!

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