Brigette Made Me Do it!

It’s Brigette’s fault.  Completely her fault.  She made me buy all of these vintage bobbins.  Insisted!   And now my dining room table looks like this! 

Spools in the Dining Room

Have you ever seen such a stash?  My table is filled with vintage bobbins!

Spool Collection

All types and sizes…

Hammered Spool

Row after row!

Spool Row

On and on it goes…

Waiting for prices

And as soon as I finish up with the mess project below…

Studio Mess

I’ll be listing these on my web site to sell…

Then you can have a display like mine in the photo below!  You’ll find this collection in my studio and I love it.  I wrapped all my vintage trims around these bobbins.  

Group of Vintage Bobbins

And grouped them in a pink enamelware tray! 

Bobbin Group

Or if you buy enough you can have a basket full! 

Basket of Spools

Bow: Courtesy of French General Tape Measure!

I have to sell these before Thanksgiving or we’ll be joining Brigette for Thanksgiving dinner. 

You can thank Brigette for this find.  She’s the shopper extraordinaire!  To quote her “I’m just doing my job”.  I’ll let you know when we have them listed. 

These are getting harder and harder to find (that’s what I told my husband when he saw the boxes arrive)!  He had no idea what they were.

Have a great week everyone!  We’ll be working on that mess project you saw above.  Appliqué believe it or not! 



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  • jaqueline - I love those vintage bobbins! I've been looking around for these for my trims and yours came in just about the right time! Im so lookin forward to puchase them. :) Have a lovely merry happy week! Love to you!ReplyCancel

  • brigette - i WAS doing my job, i was ASSISTING… in purchasing.bobbins. i think it's part of my job description.ReplyCancel

  • Mahladybug - I think it is part of my job to take some of these off your hands or should I say your dining room table. I have 10 or 12 of these and I also placed my ribbon on them. My motto is more is better. Will look forward to placing my order.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - I love old bobbins!!! My vintage trims are kept on them…though mine aren't in a cute basket like yours, thanks for the idea!

    Great shopping Brigette!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stina - WOW.. Im stunned.. and Im so hppy for the ONE I have.. just recently sent to me by a blogger so I could start a collection.. but this!!!! My eyes sure is wideopen now.. LOVE THEM!!!! No I LOVE THEM…lol…ReplyCancel

  • Ondrea - Just gorgeous!!!! I love all things wooden and those spools certainly look fantastic! Oneday I may be able to find some.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie - oh anne I love them
    Yes I NEED a few of them please! yes they are HARD to find I have looked !

  • Goosegirl - I have several of those bobbins and never thought of wrapping my trims around them. Yet another "DUH!" moment for me. They are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Where on earth did you find so many? I just love them all and may have to buy some from you. What a terrific idea. Yes, you better start moving them or you will be eating on the floor for Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

  • yellowfarmhouse - Well I can't compete with that many bobbins, but I was shocked when I moved at how many I did actually have of those. Combining 2 places shows you just what you like to collect, lol.

    Hugs – KarenReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Well I thought I had a collection but nothing like yours!!! It started with just a couple and then Mr. Creations joined the hunt and our collection grew. I display mine on my mantle. I do have a little collection in my sewing room filled with beautiful vintage rick rack. It's a beautiful thing. Great finds by Bridgette!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melody - Be still my heart! I also have more than three of those, yep I know! How many things can a girl collect?

    Sew long,

    BTW: I am giving away a bunny on my blog.ReplyCancel

  • May Britt - WOW….that is some wonderfull vintage bobbins.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - I've been collecting them for a few years now. I'd hate to count how many I have. You've got a great collection there! Just don't start collecting darners like I have. Oh, my, those things multiply like 'rabbits'!ReplyCancel

  • pdudgeon - love those bobbins! Looks like you have a very capable assistant in Brigette.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - What a great assistant you have! I think she should get a raise or bonus or something… Clearly she is a keeper! And so are those bobbins ;-) I'll be keeping my eye out for when you make them available. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Threeundertwo - Brigette is quite the enabler, isn't she? Those are fabulous! I'm going to need to get a few for my vintage trims.ReplyCancel

  • Anina - Wow! Those are fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi @ Simply This and That - Holy Guacamole! I mean Holy Guacamole! I mean… that Bridgette.. perhaps I should get a couple and put some ric rac on them. I could use it in one of my aprons. ;o)ReplyCancel

  • b - i think i have a crush on danielle.ReplyCancel

  • The Winn's - I can't wait to buy some of those. The will add some charachter to my wanna be farmhouse feel of of sewing room!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy in Ontario, Canada - If I was Bridgette then I wouldn't have talked you into buying them- in fact I would have insisted you didn't because they would have already been in MY CART! Great buy. I have some here and I love them. I have some short ones that are quite deep (about 3" across) and I use them to roll my prepared bindings on when I am waiting to get something quilted (by me). Sometimes they sit on the bobbin for over a year!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Your blog is wonderful. I thought I was so smart to put my lace on the old bobbins.I see you do the same I think it looks so cool wound on the bobbins.ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - Fun Stuff!!!! I love old bobbins!ReplyCancel

  • Amy M. - I Love those!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - i have rick rack rolled on old spools in my studio too!! In a primitive wooden carrier.. not much pink here except my pink breadbox!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - They are gorgeous – at first I thought 'what would you practically use them for?' but as soon as I saw your ric rac and ribbon wrapped around them I fell in love – I will definitly be keeping an eye out for when these are listed in your store!! :)ReplyCancel

  • cynthialeedesigns - I have a collection of old vintage bobbins and you are so right… they are getting harder to find. I'll have to see if you have some that I need to add with mine.

  • julia - Hi Anne,
    in my opinion Brigette made a very good job, really, you should reward her with the very own Bunny Hill Order of Merit (if there's such a thing).
    I've been searching for those vintage bobbins for a while now ~just HAVE to have one…some…some more?
    I would buy them but I fear, international shipping costs for these are a killer…(please, tell me that I'm wrong with that assumption). Or are they sold yet ;o)???
    Hugs, JuliaReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - I found some vintage bobbins in a antique store recently and I have done the same thing with my rickrack and other ribbons. Hope you sell them all before Thanksgiving too.ReplyCancel

  • Sewjoe - I have a few of these bobbins. My husband stole my big one and took it to the garage to wrap twine on it. Great pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Thomas - it just goes to show ya…I got rid of a couple of old bobbins several years ago because "what was I going to do with those old things?" and lo! and behold! I walk into my sewing room, and there is one old bobbin sitting on a box. I'm going to wrap it with some ribbon. Thanks for the post. Wonderful as always.ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - Holy Cow! I need a Brigette! You better promote that woman — what a fabulous find!!!ReplyCancel

  • BunnyNuts - As my BFF always tells me when she gets me into "Collecting" trouble….
    "It's my moral imperative….".


  • Sinta Renee - You found a wonderful jackpot! I am drooling Anne!ReplyCancel

  • Carlie - What a find and what a great way to store trims…I may have to get several!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Wow, I've never seen so many bobbins in one place before. I just have a few…and now I know what to do with them. I love your lace and trim wrapped around them. I do keep a little birdie pincushion on top of my biggest one. NOw they have a purpose, I'll just have to buy a few more, right?ReplyCancel

  • Jane Anderson - please let us see what you are doing with the rouennaries fabric!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, the bobbins are wonderful! Don't forget to tell us when they're available from your store…although w/ all the interest, you may have to hire additional help to process all those orders! So much prettier than wrapping your vintage trims around cardboard :-)ReplyCancel

  • mascanlon - Oh my, yes I need those…well not ALL of them but several at least.ReplyCancel

  • Jillayne - I have a few vintage bobbins that I bought in Skagway Alaska several years ago and just love them! Mine have antique lace wrapped around them and everytime I look at them I think how perfect they are – and how I can certainly use one or two more in my "collection"!ReplyCancel

  • Carole - I cannot wait until you put the spools up for sale. My Mother worked in a thread and yarn factory when I was a child. I have a few but I would love to have more. I think you site is great and very refreshing. Love your designs and have "Yours Truly" almost finished. God Bless CaroleReplyCancel

  • lambie-pie - I can tell you right now that I will be buying some of these from you as soon as they are listed. I hope you announce it when they get on there!ReplyCancel

  • Melvin - Bobbins looks amazing….
    thanks for sharing…

    Apply now Nation wide cashReplyCancel

  • Michell - oh!! anne …
    I love them
    Yes I NEED a few of them please!

    Are you scared to be alone at home need securityReplyCancel