I would like to purchase a lace pillow like a cookie shape as I like to do roundals, also I do lengths of laces and would love to have the roller part too. I have seen them on the internet both cookie with a roller attached. Rather than rush out and just get a pillow i though it a good idea to ask people whom actually do Bobbin lace what their thoughts are, nothing like hands on experience. At the moment I am using a stuffed couch pillow and it can cause a stiff neck at times with the angles I can only possition it and have to stretch out my neck.

I have been four years looking on the net for the right pillow and it is mind blowing how many types there are, Bobbin lace is so important to me so this is why I have not yet got a pillow since I want to get the right one, what better way to ask people who are hands on with Bobbin lace, your answers are important to me as there is no replacement for experience.

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I have heard many people praise the 'one and only pillow" (can't remember which supplier sells it).  It is a polyethylene pillow with a rectangular hole cut in the middle.  It comes with a rectangular piece which fits exactly into the hole, and also a roller which fits into the hole.  So you can use it for strip laces like torchon, or part laces like tape lace or Milanese.  I have always found a diameter of 19-20 inches to be best.  Smaller than that and there isn't much room for bobbins, if you are making a wide edging.

But I have always been short of money, so I have made all my pillows (except for a 24 inch wide circular foam pillow with shaped edges).  my website has a page describing how I made my flat cookie pillows and my roller pillows.  When I was young I had the energy to do all that work.  Now I don't.  It is the page in my website called "Make a Pillow".

http://lynxlace.com

O Thank you so much for all this information, yes my need is to be able to do roundals and strip laces, i have tried to go on the address you provided but at the moment the computers are telling me 'denied access' i know the site exists as i have been there many times before, I will try again later, am very interested to see. What you descibe sound just like what i need, i can't say i have ever seen one before, I have seen the polyurithain squares that can be moved around, what i have is something that when you need to move the strip of lace up, you have to take out all the pins, then re pin it all in possition again - just awfull! What puts me off making the pillow is the sewing part as i do not have a sewing machine! I saw a simple cookie pillow i think will a roller at $365 then saw the same one for $95. I thought that maybe someone here may want to sell theres because they have bought another lace pillow or not doing lace any more, I wouldn't mind second hand at all.

I think my web host was doing maintenance for a time last evening.  I also had trouble accessing the page.  Here is the proper link:

http://lynxlace.com/makeapillow.html

Just been to the address you provided and took a print of the instruction how to make, if my hubby and myself can do this I will give it a go. Its the very pillow I need!

Thank you.

After showing my hubby the pages i printed of your Roller pillow , he has started making it, now i have to cancel the order for the Roller pillow i ordered from Josco Austraian lace supplies. He has cut out the wooden pieces and glued them together and i have an old Spinning bobbin for spinning wool onto, have left the wool i had spun onto it as part of the padding and will add more padding to it. Thank you for giving us the pattern for a bobbin lace pillow, it has saved us $160. Now i will also beable to buy a magnifyer with a light and the 6 pack CD,s they have for doing Bucks point lace.

My husband has started making the roller pillow  from your website, he has cut out and put the wooden part together whilst i am preparing the roller part with a wad of felt for the filler.So i went to cancel the order I had now previously made at Josco lace supplies in Australia, the lady told me it was too late to cancel the order so it looks like i will now be the owner of two roller lace pillows!! The good thing that has come out of this is we now know my husband is able to make lace pillows and I can cover them, so for a place Like New Zealand that does not have many bobbin lace supplies we would beable to help, so now we will have to think about how to advertize this. Soon as the pillow is completed i will add some pictures.



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I have heard many people praise the 'one and only pillow" (can't remember which supplier sells it).  It is a polyethylene pillow with a rectangular hole cut in the middle.  It comes with a rectangular piece which fits exactly into the hole, and also a roller which fits into the hole.  So you can use it for strip laces like torchon, or part laces like tape lace or Milanese.  I have always found a diameter of 19-20 inches to be best.  Smaller than that and there isn't much room for bobbins, if you are making a wide edging.

But I have always been short of money, so I have made all my pillows (except for a 24 inch wide circular foam pillow with shaped edges).  my website has a page describing how I made my flat cookie pillows and my roller pillows.  When I was young I had the energy to do all that work.  Now I don't.  It is the page in my website called "Make a Pillow".

http://lynxlace.com

Now you can have 2 pillows going at once -- one with a learning something new project, and another a masterpiece in your favorite Bucks point!  I actually have 3 pillows going at once, right now.

Heavens! I didn't think of that, this gives me the perfect excuse to start another project. I feel i have only just started a new project already, the one i posted a picture of, I have just got to the petals of the flovers and with the gimp thread and woven petals i'm going through a rough time, the gimp thread goes way down very low so am keeping alot of slack gimp thread to weave my bobbin in and out so i don't have a break in my gimp thread, hope this makes a bit of sense, what i'm trying to say is i am trying to have as few breaks in my gimp thread as possible.

The pillow i'm using for this project is a hand made old couch pillow made by me, then there is the one my husband has just put together, then there is the one that is on its way from Australia! So Maybe I can have three projects on the go! Do you not find that you favoure one project more than the other and maybe one gets left out? I think this would happen with me, but am very happy to give it a try, now there is the fun of deciding which type or which pattern to do next, I have thousands of patterns! I do find doing a tape lace quite relaxing, sometimes Bucks point can get quite heady to do as you have to always be aware of the gimp thread, if the pattern is too complicated it can be unenjoyable and even give me a head and neck ache!

Too many laces, too little time.

I usually have one pillow with something I am learning, right now it is Binche (I haven't touched that one in over 2 years, because I have to think too hard).  And I usually have one with something simple so I can do it when I'm tired.

What a brilliant idea, i see what you mean about having to think too hard, it can take the theroputic fun out of lace making itself, isn't that the whole idea of doing the lace in the first place, for enjoyment and relaxation. I find if i have a troubled mind my lace really melts away the problems that are in my head. Now I am going to look up Binche, not a lace i have had much to do with, can't even place it in my mind at the moment.

Now about that pillows of yours :)

You write about using wool as a stuffing, but I can't really imagine that - I mean sure it would work, and it wouldn't disintegrate after some using but I think that one could need A LOT of this stuff (I use old bolster type pillows, and even if you make something like that on some kind of rim/ring it still uses much of stuffing, no matter what goes inside). But does this really hold well? I find straw to be a good filler, but I think that wood shavings might be better - so far I made one huge bolster pillow packed with straw, and... Had to add more filling almost after every completed project as no matter how stuffed my pillow was the material inside became somewhat loose after stabbing it with 100000000 pins :) (which is quite odd as the old pillow casing I used to make it is totally stiff, and I packed it so hard it got ripped in four places during the process, not mentioning breaking some fingernails and loosing a portion of skin on every knuckle :P)

After all of that I would gladly buy me a pillow.... But the thing is that I can't find a reliable shop that would send me one (somehow no one sends things to Poland, even if they're based in France which isn't really that far away - and I wont even mention other countries <.<' ).

I have a bolster I made, stuffed with sawdust. It is quite heavy and not at all suitable for taking to meetings or workshops. It was a horrible mess to make. But it does work, and sticking pins into it isn't a problem. Another possibility would be to start with a hollow cylinder of some sort, and cover it with 2 inches - 4 cm - of wool felt (any depth a little larger than the length of your pins). So the pins would stick into the felt, but you wouldn't have excessive weight or use too much expensive materials.

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