I was recently invited over to a good friend, Pat Sloan’s house to help her bust her stash of items collected over the past number of years. The idea of this exercise, although I must admit it turned into a party with food and drinks, was to give away items that were overwhelming her sewing studio. Anyone who works in the creative industry knows just how much ‘great stuff’ we can collect over time. There are items we purchase, items left over from free-lance jobs, items sent to us to feature on our blogs, newsletters or radio shows, and items were not even sure why we have on hand. Every once in awhile it seems, it starts to overwhelm even the most organized person.
I was firm that I was going over to connect with friends and perhaps come home with a few very special items but that I was not going to load up my car with goodies. The main thought behind this reasoning was that I just gone through a clean-out of my own studio and liked the idea of an empty shelf here and there. I took a small bag and off I went to meet up with friends, eat good food and most of all laugh. The evening was wonderful, the food great and laughter as always the best. What did I come home with you ask? Well I picked up two books which I promptly gave to a couple of ladies who stopped by my house the next day and a bag of thread. I know you were wondering what the spool decoration at the top of this post was all about…
I decided to create some spool decorations for use as party favors as I am hosting my local American Sewing Guild chapter’s holiday party next week and I know the ladies will love these.
Here is how I made them:
Thread spools with wrappers intact
Beads of various sizes – I used a thrift store necklace that I took apart with wire cutters
Bead findings such as eye pins, wire, caps to create dangles
Scissors & Wire Cutters
Remove the label from the top and/or bottom of the thread spool.
Create a dangle of beads (I cut apart a portion of the necklace) Using beads, eye pins etc.
Thread a 10″ length of fishing line through the eye pin at the top of your dangle. Insert both ends of fishing line up through the thread spool.
Insert fishing line through a large bead at the top of the spool.
Add a medium size bead and then insert one end of the fishing line through a small seed bead. Tie a double knot, wrapping the fishing line around the outside of the seed bead.
Tie fishing line around the bottom of an ornament hook and tie a double knot.
Insert both ends of the fishing line back through the seed bead and tie a double knot, trim.
Wrap a 10″ length of ribbon between the top of the spool and the large bead and tie a bow.
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