In the middle ages, thread for sewing was often picked out of the woven fabric it would be used to stitch. A thread winder was a handy way to keep it clean and tangle free in a woman's sewing basket until needed.
While thread winders are contained in the collections of museums worldwide, they are often held in the reserve collection, as display space is at a premium, and their mainstream appeal is limited. Thread winders come in a myriad of styles, and are usually made of natural, easily worked materials such as wood, bone and horn.
Our thread winders are hand made of smoothly polished bone, and each will hold up to 6 sewing lengths of thread. A lovely and often overlooked domestic accessory.
Hand made of bone. Approx. 1.25" (3 cm) across.
Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, colour, size and design will vary from piece to piece.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 30 August, 2012.