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For discussions about varieties of pillows, bobbins, tatting shuttles, pillow stands, embroidery hoops and frames.  For discussions of regional variations, merits of different materials and shapes, collecting, etc.  Tools and equipment for bobbin lace,

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What is this? 3 Replies

A neighbor gave me this and said it was her grandmother's used for tatting.  Well I know that is NOT what it is, but the lacy pattern and the bobbin-like shape of the handle makes me think it was…Continue

Started by Paula Harten. Last reply by Jane Meier Jul 15.

Pillow Pointers? 8 Replies

Hello! I'm new to bobbin lace making, and am looking for advice for a good pillow.As I am Mostly Broke, I started with what I call "Eff-it" materials - what I have around the house (which as I am a…Continue

Tags: tools, pillow, equipment

Started by Laura French. Last reply by Anita Hansen Jul 5, 2017.

Worker and cover cloths 9 Replies

Hey all you lovely lacer's. Today i got busy and made myself some cloths. I couldnt find the blue that suited me, so i bought some 100% cotton raw calico and i dyed it myself to this lovely blue, Its…Continue

Tags: cloth, cover cloth, worker cloth

Started by Joseph. Last reply by Milagros Rivera Diaz Mar 19, 2017.

Library of Lace Books 6 Replies

Has anyone used an "app" to manage their personal library of lace books or their guild's library of lace books?  Our guild ranges from a member who does not have a computer to members who use…Continue

Started by Sally Olsen. Last reply by Laura Sandison Jul 27, 2016.

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Comment by Fredi on January 7, 2015 at 8:27pm
Don't forget Kathy Kirshner I think she's in Michigan.
Louise Colgan uses a butter knife tho I know we all like to have our special accoutrements!
Comment by Barbara C. Hevener on January 7, 2015 at 4:55pm

Hi Roger,  Another source for this tool (and other lacemaking tools and supplies) is Lacis in California.  Point your browser to , type "pin lifter" in the box at the upper left of the screen, then click the on-screen "Search" button.  You will see a pin lifter as well as a combination pin pusher/lifter for sale.  I bought a pin lifter but find that I don't actually use it!  In the kinds of lace I have made, one doesn't push the pins all the way into the pillow, so I have found it easier just to pull the pins out by hand.  You might want to consider "investing" instead in a box of good (i.e., made for lacemaking) stainless steel pins.  I like the 1-inch-long "Iris" pins available from Lacis (though these might not be fine enough for use with really fine threads).  Each pinhead has a little silver ball that is easy for me to grasp.  Barbara

Comment by Roger Turnbough on January 7, 2015 at 4:23pm

Thanks everyone for the tips.  Much appreciated.  I'm getting excited now, just finished dipping my bobbins in shellac, and all my other supplies are ordered.  Hopefully next week I can get started frustrating myself. 

Its a great resource you all have here.  I've spent endless hours reading.


Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 7, 2015 at 2:03pm

Do a search on     bobbin lace pin lifter       or       bobbin lace pin puller         or else you will get lots of machine parts.  Try Van Sciver bobbin lace, Provo lace, both in U.S.  I was lucky enough to find an all-metal one. Being a solid piece of steel it can't come apart.  Unfortunately, I can't remember who I bought it from.  It is about 3 inches long.

Comment by Laura Sandison on January 7, 2015 at 11:09am

Hi Roger, always has them in stock. Scroll down halfway or so.


Comment by Alison Tolson on January 7, 2015 at 11:07am

Hi Roger, the tool I think you are looking for is a 'pin lifter' - hope this helps, Alison

Comment by Roger Turnbough on January 7, 2015 at 11:00am

Ok, I need some help.  I've spent the last hour looking on the internet for a simple Pin Puller.  Perhaps I am not looking for the correct thing here, or using the correct words in google.  Can someone point me in the right directions to get one of these simple tools.  Prefer US supplier.

Thanks everyone.


Comment by Blanca Torres on September 22, 2014 at 2:29pm

Thanks!!! The corner blocks are also movable, it measures 51 and a half cm (about 20 1/4 in.) wide from block to block. We used 5 in. blocks 4 blocks across  and cut two blocks diagonally for the corners.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on September 21, 2014 at 4:17pm

That is a really nice one. Are all the blocks moveable, or are the corner triangles fixed? How wide is it?

Comment by Blanca Torres on September 21, 2014 at 3:00pm

a block pillow is absolutely great to work on. Its wonderful not to have to lift  the work with all those pins and then try to reposition them correctly. With the blocks you move the block with the work pinned which is much easier. Also you can move it closer when need be or further up whatever the case may be.  Here's a photo of a block pillow made by my husband and me,  Of course, he did all the wood cutting, and gluing, and hammering, and I took care of the blocks. Making it without the corners adds to the comfort while working.


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