It the 1970's I discovered a small Palo Alto sewing shop going out of business. An elderly couple had spent many years operating this store in this location. Big bins of cotton thread on large wooden spools were available and I purchased their thread to fill my sewing machine drawers. I still have a lot of it and those wooden spools are now hard to find. My husband converted an old nut bowl using a hand-tooled walnut pedestal to support my hand-made pincushion.