I just love this collection of cotton spools. I found these gorgeous images at Flickr. I’ve been gathering vintage cotton spools and bobbins, buttons and other bits and bobs forever. Never consciously seeking and collecting, but as random pieces come my way I decide they are too desirable to put away so I leave them on a shelf with all the other stray bits of sticks, seed pods, leaves, buttons, bottle tops and other found ephemera that catch my eye on wanderings. I had a light-bulb moment the other day when I realised enough old haberdashery items had gathered on my shelves I could actually call it a collection. It’s funny how things like that sneak up on you!