I do love vintage haberdashery, both to admire the lovely packaging, and to use the (generally) good quality products. I also have a vintage leather suitcase full of hand-embroidered linens, which I have been saving to use in a future craft project (or several projects!).
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts (see here, here and here), I collect vintage wooden Sylko cotton reels, and have about 130 different colours so far. The rainbow of colours makes a great display, and the names of the colours are very imaginative: according to the above advert from the late 1940’s there were 337 different colours (and I have a couple of reels with numbers in the 400s on them), so I can see why they had to be creative when it came to names!
With the darker days at this time of year I find bright colours particularly appealing. The colours of these vintage wooden Sylko cotton reels are inspiring me to get sewing!
I’ve been putting a few bits and pieces together as a present for a friend who loves dressmaking, and thought the colours of the thread on these vintage wooden cotton reels was asking for a photo to be taken!
The group of wooden reels in this picture are all vintage Sylko: I collect Sylko reels (as I previously talked about I this post), usually picking them up in charity shops or at car boot sales, but unusually haven’t come across any for several months- I must keep a sharper look out!
A few vintage bits and pieces, with a bit of a number theme this week.