your place for handmade, handpainted spool knitters

267 Sales


your place for handmade, handpainted spool knitters

267 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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spooltoolery is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Spooltoolery is taking a break for the summer months.

See you when the apples fall!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 23, 2017

Spooltoolery is taking a break for the summer months.

See you when the apples fall!


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Ninnyfly on Dec 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Simply gorgeous spool knitter! Love Shy Shawna....and love her story! Thank you so much!!🐾🐾


Ninnyfly on Apr 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE LOVE LOVE Gentle Galina! This seller's artistry is unmatched! Amazing little works of art! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!!!! :) :) :)


Ninnyfly on Jan 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

STUNNINGLY Awesome! I can't Thank you enough! Totally addicted to collecting your art! Can't wait to see your future spools! I know that more will come to New England in the future! :) :) :) LOVE Sweet Emma! Thank you!!!

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Early beginnings and the creative process...

I am a mom who has a great sense of fun, creativity and empathy and so I began to paint and create spool people. As a family, we really enjoyed playing with these little wooden spool people, however they weren't really selling in my little etsy store. So being a novice knitter, I typed in "spool" and "knit" on the world wide web and found spool knitters or knitting dolls. I was happy to discover that spool knitters do indeed exist and have a long history. With a little help from the hubby, I now make and create spool knitters with names and stories. I have to admit, creating spool knitters or knitting dolls with a past (like most real people) is, especially fun to me. Remember to read there little biographies when purchasing. Most spool knitters evolve over time. I do sometimes decide on what I'm going to paint from a particular inspiration from pictures or paintings (real historical people also inspire me) or the spool knitter just sort of evolves through the creative process. (By the way, pictures are super helpful when I'm painting and creating custom orders.) After painting and making a spool knitter, I let the spool knitter's personality come through- what it really is: a sexy beast librarian (who was very popular by the way), saints with shady histories, star crossed lovers, a womanizing old man, a girl who has a crush on a scooter god, a sensitive clown, a jilted lover or ghost or both. All my spool knitters have little personality quirks like all real people do (some are sweet, others don't seem to care, some have a great sense of humor and still others are very serious. You get the idea.) I really enjoy my etsy spool knitting business and I hope you do too. I was very excited to be featured in a full page photo in Vogue Knitting magazine in their collector's issue back in November of 2011. :D

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Shop members

  • Janet

    Owner, Artist, Designer

    I come from a long line of cat hoarders, housekeepers, mountain men, French nobility, crack heads, silly heads, temperance leaders, boozers, preachers, Bible beaters, native warriors and cute/fuzzy huggers.Haven't we all...? ;)

  • Husband


    He's my boyfriend.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 8, 2016
Spooltoolery is your one stop shop for campy fun, full of cuteness, hand painted, all wooden spool knitters -makes for a one of a kind gift for you or someone you love.

**Not suitable for children under 6. Parents please supervise your child if they do not know how to properly use one my knitting dolls, I am not responsible for any misuse of the knitting doll. **

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
I accept PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can also use the service to pay with any major credit card. Payment is due at the time of ordering. I do not have access to any personal credit card information. The only personal information that I have is your name and mailing address.
I ship my items Monday through Friday with tracking confirmation (US only.) Tracking confirmation is only available in the United States, but I do ship all over the world for an additional $10.00 US dollars. Though it very rarely happens, I cannot be held responsible if your item is lost in the mail. I have not lost a spoolknitter yet in the mail-I have shipped as far as Sweden. ;)
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not completely satisfied with your spoolknitter feel free to contact me anytime and we can definitely work something out. I'd be happy to hear from you and I'm super easy to communicate with. You would need to pay to return the unwanted spoolknitter and we would agree on another spoolknitter you would prefer. You may only exchange one time. If you are still unhappy, you will have to pay to return the item again and once I receive spoolknitter I would then refund your money.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am accepting custom orders at this time. Feel free to send me a pic of your favorite pet or person and I'll do my best to replicate them. You are not under an obligation to buy the custom order if you are not satisfied. I always send pictures to you during the custom painting process and make up to three changes as the custom painting progresses. Custom orders do take more time to complete, so please send any custom orders to me in advance. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you.

I love custom orders!