Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone had a good resource, or advice, on how to begin a new thread when a bobbin runs out.

I have been working from the book "Lessons in Lace Making" by Doris Southard. Although I find this to be an excellent teaching text, the brief instructions she give on mending a thread is not clear to me at all. I find myself overestimating the bobbin thread length needed for each project in fear one will run out.


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Ken, there are 2 ways that I know of.

1. Use a weaver's knot to tie the old and new threads together.  The knot is very small and not really visible once it is worked into the lace.  See http://laceioli.ning.com/group/bobblinlace-beginners/page/bobbin-la... for a series of diagrams, about 1/4 down the page.  The weaver's knot is good where your thread breaks close to the lace.  If you have even 1/2 inch, you can still catch that little tail with a weaver's knot.  But it can be used when the bobbin is running out of thread.

2. Work 2 lengths of thread together for a short distance.  Hang a new bobbin on a pin, with a knot, about an inch or 2 directly above where the empty bobbin is.  Take the thread off the old bobbin and wind it onto the new bobbin for about 1 or 2 feet.  Make the hitch, treating the 2 threads as if they were 1 thread.  Work these two threads into the lace as if they were 1 thread for about 1-2 inches.  Friction will hold the thread.  After 2 inches of lace, cut the old thread off flush with the lace.

Please, anybody who can say this clearer, or with other ideas, join in.


Thanks to you I have just had my first lacemaking "aha moment". This information is so much clearer than all my reference books combined. I was trying to understand the second method and from the directions my impression that it was the old bobbin that is put up on the pin. I just could not wrap my head around any probable way that this could work. Now I am never going to fear changing thrads again!

On a side note, I just began my pricking for the R11. I do not have a cookie pillow as of yet, but plan to improvise until it arrives. I am very eager to try this pattern. My pattern is 13.5" square so it is a good size for my first larger project.

Thanks again for all your help!




For a torchon design, which is an edging, a roller pillow or a bolster will work just as well as a cookie.  The cookie pillow just  makes turning corners easier.

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