Check this out!  This is so clever!  I will be making one of these in the next week or so.  Instructions are in both Spanish and English.

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I looked at that. The cloth-with-a-hole was invented in the 1980s in Europe, I think. I made several for myself, with different size holes. The beads, I think, would be a colossal annoyance. Threads would be constantly getting snagged on the beads. If you try it, I suggest doing it in a way that you can easily remove the beads later.

Hmmm. . . I think the idea of the beads is to help keep the pairs separated.  Wouldn't that be preferable to having them constantly get tangled?  Or maybe my bobbins aren't heavy enough?

I usually spread the bobbins out in a fan, so that gravity separates them without tangling. However, people who use bolster pillows often use pins to separate pairs of bobbins.

I guess my bobbins are so light that gravity isn't enough to keep the pairs separated.  It seems to me that using pins to do the job isn't much different from using the beads on the cloth-with-hole.  Do you find that the pins work better?

Try it and see how it works for you.

I will, thanks.  Pins don't seem to be doing the job so far.

Out of curiosity, how large are your bobbins?  Mine are 4" Dutch style in IPE black walnut (from Van Sciver), and even with a "full" load of thread they aren't as heavy as I expected.

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Try it and see how it works for you.

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