Some of the spools were added to my collection when I was in design school. That was thirty years ago!
Many a spool had to be thrown out when the thread became too old and rotten to work with. I didn't want to risk sewing a project only to have thread break at one of the garment or pillow seams.
Yet this display holds thread of such high quality that it's still perfectly useful more than thirty years after it was produced. When I look at the color of a particular cone or spool, it takes me right back to the project I first used it for. Like the first coat I ever made. An olive green wool beauty inspired by Yoshi Yamamoto. (for my mom.) Or the teal spools remind me I an outfit I made fifteen years ago for my daughter Cate; A cotton tunic with matching boot-cut leggings both trimmed with a paisley metallic embroidered ribbon.
So next time you are tempted to throw some crazy color thread into the trash, stop. If stored in a dry place it will last for years. And as we all know, everything in fashion comes back again, including crazy colors.
A thoughtfully curated selection of Vintage Global