July 30, 2013

Thrifty score - now what to do with it...?

box of tapestry wool
box of tapestry wool, a photo by HGK handmade on Flickr.
I could not resist this box of colourful threads at a fleamarket a little while ago. I asked for the price, thinking I would pick a few I liked, and the lady said it was 3 euro's for the whole box. Crafts hoarder that I am, I just had to take them all home.

Laatst was ik op een vlooienmarkt waar ik deze doos kleurige garens niet kon weerstaan. Ik vroeg naar de prijs met het idee om er een paar uit te zoeken, maar toen ze zei dat het 3 euro was voor de hele doos moest ik het hele zaakje wel mee naar huis nemen (crafty spulletjes kan ik zelden weerstaan - ik kom er nog eens mee op tv ben ik bang).

box of tapestry wool
box of tapestry wool, a photo by HGK handmade on Flickr.
There's a whole lot of them. Some have been partially used, but most are new. I checked and they're all 100% wool. Moth resistant even, which I suppose is a good thing...?

Het zijn er echt heel veel. Een paar zijn aangebroken maar de meeste zijn nog nieuw. Ik heb ze nagekeken en het is allemaal 100% wol. Mot-afwerend zelfs, wat mijn niet veel zegt maar het is vast goed...?


tapestry wool
tapestry wool, a photo by HGK handmade on Flickr.
Now to find an answer to the unevitable question from the Husband: What Are You Going To Do With It? (it was his second really, right after he asked why I had bought a vintage Adidas shoebox. Men...)
I have absolutely no experience in embroidering with tapestry wool: any tips you could give me? Or other uses for these pretties?

En nu nog een antwoord vinden op de onvermijdelijke vraag van de Man: Wat Ga Je Ermee Doen? (het was eigenlijk zijn tweede vraag, nadat hij eerst wilde weten waarom ik een vintage Adidas schoenendoos had gekocht. Mannen...)
Ik heb totaal geen ervaring met borduren met wol: heeft iemand nog tips voor me? Of andere ideeën voor wat te doen met al dit moois? 

11 comments:

  1. Nice to meet another craft hoarder. Great score by the way. Have a fantastic week.

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  2. Good Morning Audrey, What a fabulous find, there are so many beautiful colours and I know you will find lots of uses for these tapestry threads.
    I love to visit flea markets and I am always thrilled when I find a wonderful bargain.
    Audrey I have found your blog from visiting Katie at The Crafty Blog Stalker and I have enjoyed my visit so much that I have become a new follower.
    I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time. I look forward to seeing you there.
    Best Wishes to you,
    Daphne

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    1. Thanks Daphne!
      I visited your blog and you have loads of delicious looking recipes there! I will make sure to try some of them.

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  3. What a great score, I often find craft supplies at Thrift Stores! I would love for you to add your posts to my weekend link up Sharing Creative Ideas! http://madebyjoey.blogspot.ca/search/label/from%20other%20bloggers
    Hope to see you there!
    ~ joey ~

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    1. Thanks for the invite Joey :)

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  4. What a great score! I hate to be one of "those people" who just pop in and say, "LOOK AT MY BLOG" but that's totally what I'm going to do! I recently posted a tutorial for wrapping bangle bracelets. You could use your stash to make some adorable bracelets!
    ~Kelsy
    http://looseendscraftblog.com/ombre-hemp-wrapped-bangle-bracelets/

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    1. That's okay: I love exploring new blogs. I also really liked your tutorial on the tassle earrings (pinned it) and am now following your blog as well ;)

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  5. I just received a huge bag of embroidery thread when my grandmother passed away. I use it for little projects sometimes, but am in the same boat you are. "What to do with all of this?"
    I am so sorry I can't offer suggestions, but I would love to see what you come up with.

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    1. Thanks! It really feels like finding hidden treasure doesn't it? I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother though.

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  6. Hi Audrey, saw your link on HOHD party and couldn't resist visiting you after seeing these colorful skeins . You got a nice colorful deal :) how I wish I had that box but unfortunately I have never worked with wool. There are many sites with tutorials on tapestry work which you can google but another alternative that comes to mind is plastic canvas. There are many precut plastic canvas in various shapes available in craft stores and since you have many colors with limited quantity, these will make good coasters or wall decor items from plastic canvas:)

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