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New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, www.antiquequiltdating.com

Antique Sewing & Needlework Tools
- Collecting Bone, pg 2
Text and Photos by Gloria Brunning, Needleworker

A close up of one of the pieces.

Other ways to store thread included a cotton barrel. The barrel had a spindle inside and the thread was wound around this and the thread was then drawn through a hole in the barrel. Reel holders came next. These were easier to produce so they were cheaper. Wooden reels took over the market in approximately the 1820s-30s then these were replaced by plastic in 1966.

Cotton Barrel

Cotton Reels


This is a cotton reel for three different threads and the end screws off to reveal a compartment for needles, combining the needle case with a cotton reel.

The following picture shows a netting needle and a bone bodkin.

This is a ribbon threader.

Antique Sewing & Needlework Tools - Collecting Bone, page 3

Article text and pictures Copyright 2007 by Gloria Brunning. All rights reserved.


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