It's no secret that I love YLI silk thread for hand stitching my applique blocks. It is fine, strong, and nearly invisible - it is kind of like sewing with human hair. But I find that it tangles off the spool (not while sewing) like MY human hair, and my spools are usually surrounded by a cloud of loose thread that resembles 'Pig Pen' from the 'Peanuts' comic strip. Desperate for a quick solution, I remembered I still had some of my daughter's hair do-dads from when she was a little girl. One worked so well, I ran out and bought a whole bunch!
The Goody Co. has the best, simplest ones, and one pack (of 42!) was only $2.49 at my local grocery store...that's just under $0.06 a piece! That's a bargain at twice the price!
One will work, or you can put two on a spool. With two or three on a spool, you don't have to keep moving the do-dad to cover the thread tail. They also fit sewing machine bobbins and slender spools of regular sewing thread.
If you want to get all fancy, you can match do-dad color to spool color (until you get to the browns...). I've stored the extra ones in a baggie until I go down to the quilt cave and fix the remaining silk spools.
I like the larger ones on my spool of YLI glazed hand quilting thread. I usually double or triple the do-dad and it works perfectly. I've been using one on my quilting thread for a couple of years...I can't believe it took me so long to remember the little do-dads for the silk thread...
I wonder how many human inventions came from someone being annoyed?!?
A week or so ago, I finally had dinner with 3 girlfriends (Ola, Mary J and Beth) and we celebrated Christmas and my birthday. We grabbed attention in the Ruby's Restaurant as we opened little gifts...serious and silly (the singing and dancing elf and Santa hats were particularly fun in public!). Beth's HUSBAND found the following little trinket for all of us at the AUTO PARTS STORE...a magnetic nut and bolt holder that works great for pins. The base is even magnetic, so it will hold pins up-side-down and in tight places. Brilliant!!
It just goes to show you that quilting tools can be found practically anywhere!