I got a bargain in the week, a big bag of threads and bits and bobs for £4. I can't believe my luck, as the journals I'm now making a very heavy on thread and as we all know thread's not cheap. It must have belonged to a dressmaker judging from the amount of different colours and the other bits such as chalk, buttons, pins and needles.The thread at the bottom of the above photo is silk made in switzerland and I can't help wondering if it was used for a wedding dress. If only these pieces could talk. The vintage white buttons are just adorable.
This wooden cotton reel reveals some of my home town's history, Leicester used to be a centre for hosiery but hardly any of this industry remains now. My first job was working in a thread dyers and finishers, in the laboratory, doing quality control and colour matching.