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The thread that runs so true...

Until the mid-nineteenth century, all the thread used to sew all the clothes and household goods throughout the world was spun by hand. It was spun from wool, cotton, linen, silk - fine, strong, and consistent. Then came the Industrial Revolution.

In this needlework video, Linda Ligon sits down with Loene McIntyre as she:

  • Delves into the fascinating history of sewing thread
  • Displays her extensive collection of thread and other antique tools
  • Inspires a new appreciation for everyday handwork objects and their creation

After learning about these wonderful tools, you will yearn for the wonderful variety of threads of the past as you cast your eye on the ubiquitous #50 polyester thread of today. Join Loene as she explores new insights into this primary tool of the craftswoman's art.


Loene McIntyre

Loene McIntyre is a designer and creative seamstress who took up the collecting of rare and interesting needlework tools two decades ago, and has never looked back. Her collection has graced the pages of PieceWork magazine and has been the focus of a one-woman museum show.


Wonderful History

“I truly enjoyed delving into the history of how thread was sold. Leone's knowledge of thread and various ways it was wound and sold was impressive. My only sadness would be that this created the longing for all the different-sized thread and beautiful ways in which it was sold as compared to our options today.” - Michele Ernst