Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #1

antique sewing thread painting
© Copyright 2021 – Present

Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description:  A small still life painting featuring two antique wooden spools with sewing thread. The spools are filled with colored thread; one with red thread and the other with blue. The blue spool of thread has a sewing needle sticking through it. The background is painted in a neutral gray color. This is one of two paintings in a series and is signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

This is a small painting measuring 6×6 inches. Its compact size makes it perfect for small or limited spaces. It is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas and won’t need a frame because the painting’s image extends around the edges of the canvas support giving it a contemporary look. Whether you choose to have it framed or leave it unframed, it will look great in your home or office, or any place it is displayed.

antique sewing spool painting
Not to scale. Companion painting sold separately.

Artist Comments

This painting is part of a series called Great-Grandma’s Antique Sewing Thread. I call it “great-grandma’s” because we are now living in a modern age, and thread no longer comes on wooden spools. Our great-grandmothers would have probably used sewing thread spun on wooden spools.

The wooden spools you may find today are 50+ years old and are now considered antiques. Today sewing thread comes on spools made of plastic; and our grandmothers, and most assuredly, our mothers would have sewn their sewing projects using thread spun on plastic spools.

I remember playing with empty wooden spools when I was a young child in the 60-70s. As I grew older, my grandmother began teaching me how to sew doll clothes and other items. However, I barely remember thread coming on anything but plastic spools. I remember raiding my grandmother’s sewing box for just the right color of thread I needed, and I remember finding some wooden spools there.

Unfortunately, wooden spools met their demise back in the 1970s when manufacturers stopped using them to spin thread on. It was purely a business decision. It had become more economical for them to use plastic spools instead. If you happen to come across a vintage sewing spool, don’t throw it away; hang on to it. Wooden spools are antiques and do have some value. Just how much it is worth depends on how old the spool is and its condition.

Companion Painting

Sewing Thread #1 has a companion painting called “Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #2.” Companion paintings are sold separately. Whether purchased with its companion or not, either of these paintings will look great displayed in a sewing or craft room.

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Great-Grandma's Sewing Thread #2 painting
Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #2 (2021) 6″ w x 6″ h

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“Teresa, you are absolutely amazing with your artwork! Especially the fine intricate details of small things. The realism is so impressive and appreciated. God has blessed you!” — Karen Nash, TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROAD, MeWe

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