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 Administrator on September 1, 2016 at 4:21pm

For mechanical geniuses -- how to build your own turning lathe, for bobbin making.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on August 21, 2016 at 10:03pm

Yes, that is like the one I tried.  I did not wind it correctly, for starters, and found it a bit bulky.  Perhaps if I had stuck with it a bit more I might have managed it better, but  ....!!!  : 

I really enjoyed the tatting class at IOLI, and came home with a Jumbo tatting shuttle, and some sewing needles that take thick thread, that I have never seen - or heard of before! 

Comment by Barbara Gordon on August 21, 2016 at 9:35pm

I found a picture of the other kind of double-bobbin shuttle.  Someone said they had instructions on how to use them in the Shuttle brother's site, but I couldn't find it.  I'm a bit tired, so maybe that's the problem. Here is a picture of the other shuttle with two bobbins. I hope this works...


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on August 20, 2016 at 9:06pm

I tried a Shuttle Brothers double shuttle, but did not do very well with it. I gave it to my Daughter, but I don't know how she goes with it. theirs was a different shape to this one. It was fatter/thicker, as I think the bobbins were stacked differently.

I am having trouble with the shuttle (Clover style) slipping in my fingers. I seem to not grip it tightly enough! Any suggestions that might help would be welcomed!

Comment by Administrator on August 20, 2016 at 4:09pm

Barbara - would your shuttle be used for rings and bars, or what? I can't imagine how you would prevent the bobbin not being used from unwinding thread.

Comment by Administrator on August 20, 2016 at 4:07pm

Barbara and Michel

Please post the photos of your shuttle and your unusual bobbins to our PHOTOS section. Then they will be easier to find in the future.  Paragraph 5 explains how to do that.

Comment by Maribel Albert on August 20, 2016 at 2:16pm

merci Michel Bouvot 

Comment by Barbara Gordon on August 20, 2016 at 2:10pm

A clever looking bobbin.  Someone said it can hold 10 yards of thread, that bobbin looks small unless it's for a size above size 80 or so.  Maybe I am looking at it wrong or something...

Comment by Bouvot Michel et Claudette on August 20, 2016 at 1:47pm

Nécessite un crochet pour les embobiner.

Comment by Bouvot Michel et Claudette on August 20, 2016 at 1:46pm

Si vous avez un problème pour le joindre, je peux retrouver son adresse. Bonne soirée. (ici il est 9 h pm)


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