I sew pillow case dresses for Operation Christmas Child, and that means I collect a lot of empty thread spools. I keep the wooden ones, and am always trying to think of ways to be creative with them. With spring here chimes are on my mind. But this one will stay inside catching breezes through the window.
Here are some of the supplies that I used: scraps of ribbon, acrylic paint, thread spools, yarn, needle work hoop, various size beads, beading thread, bells, and 2 inch metal rings.
I also used colored bakers twine and seed beads.
First paint the spools any way you like.
Wrap your wood needle work hoop with yarn.
Wrap your metal rings with scraps of ribbon. Glue gun down the ends to keep it in place.
Now it’s time to start threading your chime together. Using about a yard of beading thread, add a large bead and 25 seed beads to your thread. Pass your needle around the ring and back down through a large bead.
Pass your needle through another large bead, the wood spool, 2 large beads, 5 seed beads, and the bell.
Now pass your needle back up through the seed beads, 2 large beads, spool, and exit 1 large bead.
This photo doesn’t show it well, but both ends of the thread should be between the top 2 large beads, where the arrow is showing. Pull the thread tight, and tie a good strong knot. Clip the ends of the thread off.
Lastly, use your colored twine to tie the rings onto the hoop, and you’re done!