Posted by: mrtweeds | October 21, 2009

family thread

i’ve always been attracted to nontraditional heirlooms. the old spare house key of my grandfather’s, complete with his handwritten note with his name and address attached, means more to me than the antique china dolls that he told me would be mine when i was 10. after all, the dolls were just there, taking up space in the house. the key was used. it had a purpose. it meant something to his everyday life: the security of knowing he’d never be locked out of the house.

so it should be no surprise to anyone that the recent acquisition of my grandmother’s sewing kit means more to me than something worth 10,000 times it’s value.


the sewing kit, full of old wooden spools of thread, represent all of her work taking care of her family. she mended clothes, sewed dresses, and darned socks with the supplies in this kit.

bottom half

when i first saw those wooden spools of thread, i knew i did not want them tucked away. i wanted them displayed as the pieces of art, the pieces of my grandmother’s life that they are.

full view

and so i did.

and while some people might not find the beauty in displaying these little every day objects on the wall, every time i look at them lined up, their colors still shining on their beaten spools, i will think of my grandmother’s hands threading the needle, i will think of her taking care of her family, and i will smile.


*layer courtesy of StewBl@ck via flickr



  1. Well done.

  2. Love the it! beautiful 🙂

  3. ok…the was not suppose to be in that last comment…..not sure what “the it” is…..but I love it! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: