Wednesday, January 28

Fragile threads.

I love old spools of thread. Wooden spools that hold fragile strings, those that snap quickly if pulled to hard.

Fragile threads that have served their purpose, held together delicate linens and silks. Even before the time of bright hues, there were threads. Full of function and practicality.


Fashion empires have been built on such a tiny structure; on such a fine line.


Friendships have been bound by them. Quilts for newly weds and newborns have been stitched together. Holes patched, and hearts healed by a single thread.


Fine lace, intricate patterns have been painstakingly created by such a simple device.

I love unwinding an old spool, slowly removing the signs of age to reveal the original, crisp hue. That is the one I use. I use it in my embroidery. The antique threads that show their age and if pulled too hard, snap.
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32 comments:

tinkerverve said...

That is a wonderful post. I love your photography and your digital layering. It's just so lovely.

I have such a deep love for fibers and textiles...

Barb said...

This is my first "visit" to your blog. I so enjoyed this post, the amazing photography and your digital accents.
Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Meg said...

Poetic and lovely- thank you :)

lorhen82 said...

Very creative use of images! I really like this post. ~Lori

Lorilee said...

Hi Abbie,
Beautiful collages! I love the old spools of thread!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Expert and lovely images...

Wonderful, too, the way you wove this thread...a delightful motif.

Carol said...

I too, love old things....maybe because I am one! They all remind me of home! Carol

tam said...

Very nicely done Abbie! Great artwork and writing~I really enjoyed that! I just happen to adore old wood spools too!~Have a terrific Thursday!~Smiles~Tam!

Lisa said...

You are so creative Abbie : )

NiceAndEasyAntiques said...

Hi Abbie! This is my second visit to your blog and this post really moved me to write you....very inspiring!! Thanks a million! Creative hugs,
Marcela
Nice & Easy Antiques

Jody Blue said...

Such a lovely post, you are gifted.

Tess said...

I found it. I love these, gorgeous.

indybev said...

I love the spools of thread, Abbie, and your art using them. In fact, I've wandered through your blog and found myself thoroughly entertained. Thanks for sharing!

Sally L. Smith said...

I love old spools of thread, too, Abbie, and use the worn threads as well. It just gives the piece character. Love your use of the silouette. Now to those of us who are digitally-challenged--? I'll have to think of a use--Hmmm.

Lisa, Pearl Avenue Studios said...

Wow!!!So beautiful, your love of what you do shows!

SueLovesCherries said...

I came over from The Vintage Moth to see what you did with the sillouette. Absolutely awesome!!! It's a haunting look into the past, where we catch a whispering glimpse of lives gone by. You captured it perfectly!

Candy said...

That is soooo cool!
Candy

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

ooo gorgeousness !

Lo said...

Hi Abbie. I'm here for the first time. I just want to say that your piqtures are just wonderfull. And I like your blogg! ;o)
Best wiches!
Lo from Sweden
ps Sorry for my english! ds

Diane said...

Gosh, what a wonderful blog!I love what you did with the silhouettes

kate said...

what a beautiful posting!!! you are very talented...
thanks again
kate

kate said...

what a beautiful posting!!! you are very talented...
thanks again
kate

CheekyCharm said...

Pure eye candy!!

Rhondamum said...

I love this post Abbie! It is just beautiful! Did I ever tell you that I received the card I ordered? It is so pretty! I didn't buy it to use, although any friend would be lucky to get it. It is on display in my studio, of course! xoxo

Ronnie said...

Everything about this is lovely!
Thanks.
I'm crushed. I can't get your Follower Button to work.

Lydia said...

Great photos- Thank you! Lydia:)

Isabel said...

Love what you did to the photos.

Anonymous said...

that silhouette on the spool of thread is an inspiring idea. You have so many creative ideas. Thank you for sharing them.

Lena

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