One of the nicest and brightest gifts that I received over the holidays was this basket of Dewhurst Sylko cotton threads from my friend Sylvia. It’s a beautiful assortment of colourful threads, some are even the original wooden reels. I love the names of old threads and spent some time Christmas morning reading them all out to the Arpette who feigned a look of interest while drifting into a sewing talk induced trance.
Easily as bright and colourful as a box of Quality Street (and much better for the ever expanding waist line and bottom girth) I love using the older threads for my hand-sewing, the thread tangles a lot less and the quality really was so much better. I’ve also noticed that the thread seems to be finer so threading a tiny eyed needle is a whole lot easier.
I love gifts like this that don’t involve shopping in any large swanky stores, I think she said this came from a charity shop. Handmade or second hand are my favourite things.