I had picked up this vintage industrial size spool from an old textile mill at Brimfield this past summer. Look at how big it is compared to a large spool of standard thread.
Here is the finished product followed by a couple of detail closeups. To make it, I wrapped it with quilt batting to give it the appearance of bulk and then wound a great butter colored vintage string I have around and around (and around and around.....) to look like wound thread. A large yarn needle threaded with some more string looks like a sewing project just waiting to happen. For the top, I punched out a large scalloped edge circle from vintage paper and inked it to make it look old, as well as added little stitch lines around the perimeter. I attached that as well as some vintage millinery flowers and a section of vintage measuring tape.
I will make up the other spool for myself and use in the sewing space of my studio as a fun decoration. Hopefully, I'll be fortunate enough to find some more of these giant spools again. Now that I see how nice they turn out, I'd like to make more to take to the Cooperage. Here's hope'n.