Tools and Equipment

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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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.

Bobbin winder: is this crazy? 13 Replies

I had to wind 34 pairs of bobbins for my latest project, and I wanted to put 3m on each bobbin as it's a Torchon mat and I hope to avoid running out.  As a beginner, my heart quailed at the idea of…Continue

Started by Sharon. Last reply by Barbara Gordon Jun 18, 2016.

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Comment by Barbara Gordon on August 20, 2016 at 11:01am

Oh shoot...I had posted something about this strange shuttle I purchased that holds two bobbins.  I deleted it, but then someone had made a comment.  So sorry.

Here it is again..  I have since found out that the shuttle brothers have something on their site explaining how to use it.  I still haven't used it myself.  I'm kind of slow on things lately....

Comment by Maribel Albert on August 20, 2016 at 10:10am

waw, I like very much this bobbins,  where I can buy?

Comment by Bouvot Michel et Claudette on August 20, 2016 at 9:52am

This is a type of bobbin very useful for a lace maker of my association (DBCC) who is blind from birth. With these bobbins, she can make lace (as you can see on the picture) nearly without my help ! The thread is inside the bobbin and can be elongated or shorter very easy. Just turn right or left the end of the bobbin. 

Comment by Bouvot Michel et Claudette on August 20, 2016 at 9:43am

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on October 29, 2015 at 9:24pm

I have got very used to using a clover one with the pointy end - pick-, and even used my original shuttle, the other day, - no pick on it, and got so frustrated, that AI unwound it, and rewound the yards of thread onto a clover type so I could get on with my work!!!! so I better not try any other types - I have one with the separate shuttle, in the middle, and a hook on one end, but...!!!!!!!

Comment by Barbara Gordon on October 29, 2015 at 6:49am

The shuttles do look a bit odd, but I now have three and one more on the way.  The one I'm getting is even a bit different, but only because of the shuttle it is using.  I was told that it will hold up to 10 yards of size 20 thread.  It looks a bit different and is being made by someone just starting.  I'll let you know more about it after it arrives.  Will tell more about it far though it's working fine.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on October 24, 2015 at 7:25pm

I have seen pictures those odd shuttles, Barbara. How are you getting on with it? It cwertainly looks strange!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 24, 2015 at 5:42pm

Ed - This is always a question. I have posted a chart of thread size equivalents that I use, on my personal website, but not everybody will agree.

Then there is the question of what form of lace are you making and what thread does the pattern call for.

On October 12, 2012 I wrote a long comment about how I calculate how much to reduce or enlarge a pattern to fit the thread I have on hand. That explains part of the problem.

For a lace like torchon, where many beginners start, the thread has to be a good match with the pattern size or it will come out very badly. This is true of any straight lace.

I still use inches, so my calculations have an extra step. If you are working with millimeters somebody else will have to suggest what thread sizes match with spaces whose distance is measured in millimeters.


Comment by Ed Cook on October 24, 2015 at 9:17am

How do you size thread to pinning size ? In other words how do you size pinning to the size thread you use or want to use ?

Comment by Charlotte Moore on May 27, 2015 at 7:54pm

To the person looking for the steel pin lifter. I has a friend who has one but she says the person who made them is no longer in business. I think she said she got it while in England.


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