Home Spun; Decorating With Thread Spindles

Last week I was driving past an industrial area when I saw the sign “Factory closing down sale”. I was running late but curiosity got the better of me and as I turned back towards it, my mind was already drifting to thoughts of glorious, industrial, warehouse bits and pieces.

When I stepped in, it was a totally different story. It was a clothing manufacturer that was closing down and all they had left were some drone-like work uniforms for sale. Not even the most creative of minds could do anything with those things. However, as I was walking out I saw a barrel of items that offered a glimmer of hope for my little sidetrack expedition.

The barrel did not disappoint. It was filled with some cute thread spindles for sale in the most adorable colours!

Now, I’m not a seamstress by any means and even if I was, I don’t think I would have the need for kilometers worth of thread. However I did have another purpose in mind for them – styling and decorating (funny how just about everything random ends up in that category).

I bought a few spindles in different colours with the upcoming H&D online store in mind so that I could share a few of them with you all.

Home Spun; Decorating With Thread Spindles


Playing around with styling the spindles, I found they looked cute in so many spots – on top of my craft box, with ornaments on or around them, even in the nursery. They sit quite sturdy on their base so you could use them quite practically as things like paper weights, pin cushions, earring holders or book ends.

Home Spun; Decorating With Thread Spindles

Home Spun; Decorating With Thread Spindles

These large thread spindles stand about 20cm tall and wide at the base and are the perfect decorating prop in so many contexts. Plus, they would ordinarily be quite difficult for most of us to get their hands on since they are big manufacturing sized spindles bought by larger factories in bulk.

This is exactly the type of stuff I want to accidentally stumble upon during my normal day and start to collect – bowerbird style – to share with you all through the online store. On this occasion, these colorful little bundles completed my day.

Looking forward to sharing these with you when the H&D shop opens later this year.

Hillary and Dijon - Surangi

2 thoughts on “Home Spun; Decorating With Thread Spindles

  1. Love this! Especially the idea of using them as bookends – such a good excuse for stocking up on cute crafty books to put in between them.

  2. Pingback: A Place to Create: the home office | Hillary & Dijon


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