When my Dad visited recently he bought a rather large box full of interesting things, amongst which were several pieces of driftwood.
We have been collecting driftwood in one way or another for as long as I can remember, so now there is quite a stash in my Dad's workroom. We have been trying to think of a good project to use it on but hadn't had many viable ideas.
Then, recently, whilst trying to tidy (!) my own crafty stash I started thinking about all of my thread spools and whether there would be a way to store them more accessibly and visibly - to see them all at once for colour inspiration. I started thinking about some sort of wall-hanging-spool-tidy, and drew a few sketches which I sent to my dad for suggestions (thanks Dad!). The idea gradually developed, and then we realised we would finally be able to use some of the driftwood! Hurrah!
Here's what we came up with:
(it was my Dad's idea to call it 'the reel thing', honest)
I really like the mishmash of different types of spools and it's great to see all the colours together. I'm hoping it will inspire me to develop my machine embroidery skills!