Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Thread storage

I've been taking part in a November Post a Photo a Day group on Facebook, which has been great fun; a theme for each day to photograph, then everyone gets to see and comment on everyone's pictures. There have been some great, funny, well taken, quirky, revealing (not in a naughty sense) and interesting pictures to see. Everyone has different perspectives and it is, to me, one of the great things about the Internet - the way it connects people. So, today's theme was "Man Made" and I added a picture of a rather lovely thing my ex-husband (but still friend) made for me many years ago. A bespoke set of little oak drawers in which to store my embroidery threads, which has been used with great pleasure ever since. It has caused so many positive comments that I thought I'd better share it here as well. Isn't it beautiful?
Then I made a comment about not showing "the other one with the fancy threads" and someone said "can we see that too" so I took, and posted another picture. This time a very old piece, which came home with me from Cecil's earlier this year when she was having a "purge".
It's a miniature Wellington Chest, very battered and worn and will have been in the family for ever, like much of our "stuff"! I gave it a clean up, pulled all the drawers out to wax the runners, tentatively put my hand into the opening for the bottom drawer, where something had rattled, and found, buried in some decidedly creepy black fluffy dust, those little bone handles embroidery tools you can see in the very bottom drawer. Once they were cleaned up, I thought they'd better go back in the drawer where they belonged, along with some ancient packets of needles which I'll include for Joe's particular pleasure, since I know he loves them.


Treasures indeed!


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  1. Absolute Heaven! I love those drawers. I inherited my grandmother's work basket and it has some little treasures too - sweet memories.

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    1. so much more meaningful too, a shared history and activity that connects. I'd much rather have slightly battered and old than perfect, expensive and new!

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  2. I love both these sets of drawers, what wonderful storage and lovely to look at and use.

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    1. yes, they are both lovely things to have, they make the threads feel like treasure revealed!

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  3. oh my! i am so completely in love with these drawers!! and, of course, with the lovely packets of needles! being enamored by boxes and drawers, these little cabinets get my imagination flowing and makes me wish my woodshop was heated so that i might get out there and dream up a set or two of my own!

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    1. I know what you mean - no accident that it was a box that Pandora opened! It's that sense of "what if" that precedes opening, to use a "Jude'ism". Ex hubby, who made the three drawer thread chest, heats his workshop with the sawdust and shavings in a wood burner. Apparently it cooks up to melting point .... yikes

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