Monday, January 19, 2009

My new threads

Well not exactly threads and not exactly new, but a new-to-me thread holder. Yes, I know I just got the hanging thread spool thing and it continues to be man's gift to thread organization, but this was a gift. A fabulous gift.


My sister-in-law found it at a Dallas junk store and she and my mother-in-law bought it for me. Wasn't that nice?


I currently don't have all the colors listed, so I can't fill it up as it once might have been. I also have no idea what color pongee is, though I suspect it's in the yellow family. For now I'll just put random spools in random places.


And try not to open and close the case too much. I almost can't help myself.
My in-laws didn't know much about when this kind of display case would have been in use, so if anyone has information to pass along, I'd be very interested to hear.

Also, if you're interested, I did a little interview for the Lark Books online newsletter. I've got two designs in an upcoming Lark title, Quilts, Baby, and one of the quilts is pictured alongside the interview. For the longest time I referred to this book as "the baby quilts book", so I'm especially happy that the title they selected is pretty darn close to what I called this book anyway.
If you have a minute, you can check it out here .

13 comments:

Kerry said...

What an awesome find!!! I would definitely be running out to the closest store and filling it!

mikawendy said...

Oh, so neat! It's better than a breadbox!

The web seems to say that pongee is a type of wild silk, and one site suggests that the natural color is a "light honey beige": http://www.aurorasilk.com/fabrics/silks_matte_and_peace/tussah_wild/pongee.html

Janis said...

That is incredible! What a thoughtful gift. Doesn't it make you wonder about the life it has seen? Too cool.

Eva said...

The lettering looks like Twenties. Great thing!

domoshar said...

Lovely gift! and nice interview ;)

ELK said...

how amazing this holder is...nice photos of it..

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

My memory or pongee is that it is a pinkish, grayish beige lightweight fabric, sometimes with a print. The kind of fabric you made a blouse with.

Unni Strand said...

It is so beautiful! Lucky you!

Andi said...

It's so great when someone sees something and says "that would be a perfect gift for ...." and then they actually buy it and what do you know ... it really was the perfect gift.
Lucky girl.
Andi :-)

Simon - aka Bloke said...

Pongee is another name for Tussah wild silk.

The natural colour is a light honey beige, a blend of the eggshell off white of the natural cultivated warp and the darker honey of the natural tussah.

So - a honey would fit the Yellow range...

http://www.aurorasilk.com/fabrics/silks_matte_and_peace/tussah_wild/pongee.html

Lasso the Moon said...

Oh, that is so gorgeous! I am seriously jealous of this one.
Anna

Leisa said...

oooh- my studio is craving it!

schnoobie said...

Love ANYTHING vintage especially sewing related... that's the coolest that they thought of you and snagged it!