I've been crocheting spool pin doilies for my vintage Singer sewing machines.
These little doilies are quick to make and do a good job of replacing the felt pads that are normally used. eta: The pad (or doily) keeps the thread spool stable so it doesn't jerk when you start sewing which causes the thread to wrap around the pin and break.
This one is the really dark purple from the first picture, but I had to use the flash on my camera, and poof - it washed the color out.
I'm a throwback from another era, methinks. Give me these any day instead of those felt disks like the one in the center here.
This gold crochet thread from JoAnn's has a metallic strand in the twist looks good on these old black machines.
If you'd like to crochet a spool pin doily for your own vintage sewing machine here's the pattern I came up with for the blue one.
Blue Hydrangea Spool Pin Doily
No. 5 crochet thread
2.25mm crochet hook (or whatever size you like to use with crochet thread)
Ch 5, slip st tog to form ring.
Round 1. Ch 4 (serves as first dc and ch1), *dc in ring, ch 1, repeat from * until there are 12 dc, slip st in 3rd ch of beg dc. (12 dc)
Round 2. Slip st to ch after first dc, *ch 4, slip st in next ch, repeat from * to end of round, slip st in ch space beside beg ch. (12 loops)
Round 3. Slip st to middle of first ch loop, *ch 4, slip st in next loop, repeat from * to end. 12 loops
Round 4. Slip st in loop, *sc 4 in next loop, repeat from * to end. (12 loops)
Bind off and weave in ends.
For picot edge variation on the last round:
Round 4. Slip st in loop, *sc 2, ch 3, slip stitch in first ch, sc 2, repeat from * to end. (12 loops)
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Thank you Denise, and thanks for stopping by!ReplyDelete
that is just SLICK and so cute, too! you're awesome!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Theresa, I appreciate you stopping by.Delete
Such a clever idea! They are adorable.ReplyDelete
Hi Sarah, thank you for visitng my blog.Delete
I didn't even know you need those pads for spools, that's how close I come to the sewing machines. Your blog is always a place for new findings and learning for me! I'll ask my mom if she needs them so I can crochet her some. :-)ReplyDelete
Have a very happy week!
Hi Alhana, the pad keeps the thread spool stable so it doesn't jerk when you start sewing which causes the thread to wrap around the spool and break. I should add that to the post. Thanks for stopping by. :)Delete
Very good ideaReplyDelete
Thank you, but I can't take credit for the original idea. I saw one on a quilting site.Delete
Lovely job on the Doilies! Reminds me of some of an old friend's tatting work!ReplyDelete
Tatting is so pretty - I've never tried it, but I'd like to. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
Totally ingenious! Now I will be checking out every vintage Singer to see whether they have a spool doily. If not, I can hear myself saying, "Well, my friend Toni..." You go, girl!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Kay. I should probably be sewing more and crocheting less, but I'm telling myself I need these doilies, lol.Delete
Hi Toni! This is such a great idea and extra pretty too :) Thanks for sharing and have a delightful day! HugsReplyDelete
Thank you, Stephanie, that means a lot because I know how many pretty things you make yourself. :)Delete
That's thinking outside/inside the box! And, I think it's nice to be a "throwback from another era" 😊. You're so blessed to have that beautiful piece of machinery.ReplyDelete
Hi Mary! I do feel blessed to have my vintage machines. Thank you for visiting. I didn't know you had a blog still, and I haven't been on Ravelry in ages...good to "see" you again.Delete
I didn't realize I have a blog either ;) Must have opened it up to Public View and forgotten all about it! Wow, memory is the first to go??Delete
I love those! I might just have to go buy some crochet thread and reteach myself how to crochet!ReplyDelete
I think you'd enjoy making some of those doilies, Elaine. They are so quick to make and would look cool on your Featherweight.Delete
These are too cute! Thanks for the pattern. Love that old machine!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Judy, and thanks for stopping by.Delete
These are so cute!! I have a smaller size doily like this that I use for a candle-holder that my friend made me. Of course, I don't burn the candle, it all looks so sweet together :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, JES, doilies do make things a little more special. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
I love this concept!!! What great, and colorful too, work!!ReplyDelete
I'm a crocheter also, but with the thread it's a bit difficult these days...I'm much prefer crocheting with yarn. Call me lazy.
Hi Anni, I didn't know you crochet, that's cool. I would rather crochet with yarn, too, but these machines were begging for doilies, lol.Delete
What a cute idea! I love it, thanks for sharing :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jackie!Delete
Thanks for your comments on my blog. Just curious, what kind of reenacting do you guys do?ReplyDelete
What a cute idea, and they look so colorful! Have a happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Eileen.ReplyDelete
These are so pretty! I like doilies too but I never would have thought to use them this way. Once I get my treadle sewing machine up and running I will have to give this a try.ReplyDelete
You surely know the ins and outs of crocheting and also your sewing machine.ReplyDelete
I can only wish I know how to crochet or sew. Love the colours the dollies you've created.
Very pretty and functional too. I'm inspired to try again to learn to crochet something other than a chain. :)ReplyDelete
So pretty! My daughters are in the process of learning how to crochet. This looks like a project they would enjoy.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!
Your spin spool doilies are awesome! I love that your sew on a traditional Singer. So glad you came by my blog and commented! Love your posts!ReplyDelete
These are adorable.ReplyDelete
Have a good week.
Mildred, formerly Blackberry Lane
Good Morning Toni :) Just popping in to see that you recovered from your sore throat and sickness. Hoping the beginning of December has been good to you ;)ReplyDelete
Your spool pin doilies are awesome. I just love the pattern and the colors. You are so talented and I wish I could make these awesome doilies.ReplyDelete
Love your spoon pin doilies. Having a hard time finding a gold yarn.... is your gold doily (Lion Brand - Vanna's Glamour Yarn) ?ReplyDelete
Hi Laurie! Thank you for the compliment on the spool pin doilies. The yarn I used for the gold doily was from JoAnn's, but that was several years ago, and I couldn't find it on their site. Here's a link if you'd like to order a similar yarn from Amazon. And I hope you enjoy making the spool pin doily. :)Delete
Thanks so much for responding, I am really looking forward to making a spool pin doily for my 1958 Singer 222K. : )Delete
Tell me if either on of these two yarn are more similar than the one you sent me......Delete
Thanks so much, Laurie
Just wanted to let you know that I just found your last comment, no notification from the google this time. Anyway, I think either yarn would be pretty as they both look a lot like what I used. That said, I would use the sport weight just because it's not as heavy as the other one. Hope that helps.Delete
I came across your blog post looking for a spool pin doily for my featherweight . How lovely thank you very much.ReplyDelete