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 and needle. Composed on a gallery wrap stretched canvas, it will not need a frame because the composition extends around the edges of the canvas. One of two in a series. Hand-painted and signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.
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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 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.
This painting has a companion painting called “Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #2. Whether purchased with its companion or not, either of these paintings will look great proudly displayed in a sewing or craft room. Click on thumbnail for a larger image.
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UPDATED: 15 August 2021