Buying a reel is like choosing sweets. Bright or faded, golden or pale, earthy or vivid.
I love the wooden reels, the gold detailing on the red, white and blue top label. The simplicity of the blue fonts on white background on the bottom.
They evoke a nostalgia of looking in granny's sewing box. Of hours spent sorting them into favourite colour groups.
They have become an essential part of display in the shop. Like adding a pair of earrings or the right coloured shoes to an outfit.
The mercerised cotton thread was produced by John Dewhurst and Sons from the 1820's from their mill in Scalegill Mill, in Kirkby Malham.
I will always buy a reel when I see them (or 52 as I did this week) as the wooden reels are not produced anymore. If I was marooned on a desert island and was allowed one item of haberdashery? A box of sylko threads please. This is one haberdashery design classic definitely worth keeping.