Spool Rack Tutorial

by boogaj on 26/02/2007

in Sewing+Fabric


Ruth over at Mantua Maker has a nice tutorial for a spool rack made using some wood and nails. It’s a great way to store your thread so that you can see all the colors you have and keep them in one place rather then rolling about in your crafting space.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caitlin O'Connor February 26, 2007 at 2:03 pm

While I agree that threads look so pretty and it’s really handy to have them out on a rack like this – you need to be aware that threads WILL DETERIORATE when stored this way!

Sunlight and dry air both weaken threads, especially those very pretty rayon embroidery threads – so beware. Thread isn’t cheap, so I would advise anyone with a serious amount of threads to think twice before they mount their threads this way….


2 Diane February 26, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Right on! I have so much thread that it would get dusty if stored on an open rack. Thread should last 40 years if stored in a closed container away from sunlight so I keep the large cones in a file cabinet and the spools in a parts type organizer with plastic drawers. The silk thread is another matter, stored in a box with a tight lid, completely in the dark. Ok, that could be said about me as well!!


3 Catherine February 27, 2007 at 4:39 am

My husband made me a nifty thread holder like this one. It’s much smaller though, it probably holds only 12 spools and I go through them pretty quickly. Oh, and instead of nails, he used pegs. He also added a row of pegs at the bottom for all my scissors and what not.


4 Joy March 2, 2007 at 12:45 am

greeeeat idea! thanks so much for sharing this with us!


5 ruthsinger March 6, 2007 at 5:03 am

This is a very true point about light damage – something I should know having trained to be a textile curator! My thread doesn’t hang around long enough to get light damaged so personally I wont worry too much.


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