Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wooden holder for large thread cones & Antique Captain's Chair

Happy Thursday all!!  I only have two things to show you today.  The first is this wooden thread holder.  I do not know how old it is or who made it.  It works well and is rather ornamental.
When my dear husband Doug was turning 50, I wanted to surprise him with a special gift.  I found this old broken block cut oak captain's chair in a used furniture store.  One arm was broken right off and it was missing the padded seat.  The vendor wanted $75 CAD for it.  I haggled him down to $60 because all I was really buying was a chair frame missing one arm.  

Deep in the abyss of our past treasures we had a giant box of Halloween costumes.  I rummaged through the box to find Doug's old black motorcycle jacket from when he was twenty.  I know it is hard to believe but in 30 years the jacket shrunk and was far too small for him to wear.  I tore it apart and used the back of his jacket for fabric on the seat of the chair.  The frame is 100 or more years old and leather jacket was 30 years old.  Take a look at the finished product.
Please head over to Colorado Lady's blog for more vintage treasures.


  1. It looks fantastic, good use of a coat the "shrunk".

  2. What a cute post! I am loving that sewing machine! did you know the lady you bought her from? or was it an online purchase...I love the color!!! Happy VTT!

  3. Hi Suzanne,
    No I do not know Yvonne, the lady who sold me Novalee. It was for sale on Kijiji in London, Ontario. I have been looking for a Bernina all across Canada and watching Ebay. It is much easier to purchase one in Canada as I do not have to deal with customs fees and taxes. Novalee is one beautiful machine!

  4. Great chair, and clever use of a too-small leather jacket. I bet he loves it!


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