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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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Some Suppliers:  http://www.pinterest.com/LaceNews/

Bobbins, tools, bobbin holders:  http://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/bobbin-lace-tools/

Many different kinds and shapes of pillows and stands:

      http://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/bobbin-lace-working-setup/ 

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Crochet needle for bobbin lace sewings, etc.? 2 Replies

What size crochet needle is recommended for doing sewings on bobbin lace, etc.?Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Trinity Jul 26.

Project Bag

I've been looking for a project bag for my lacemaking, so I can carry it with me on long trips, to lace guild meetings, etc.  My original thought was to have a separate, custom bag for each type…Continue

Started by Trinity Jul 7.

Crocheted Bobbin Holders 5 Replies

A while back, I saw instructions for crocheting bobbin holders to hold bobbins in position and out of the way while not in use.  It was more than just a strip that you pin to your cushion on each end…Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Mar 27.

Recommended Finish for Wood Bobbins? 1 Reply

I've been turning wood for a while and I'm still in the practice stage of developing my wood turning skils, so I thought I would begin to turn my own lace bobbins.  The journey began on 2/26/2021, I…Continue

Started by Tamra Brogdon. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Mar 4.

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Comment by Peggy Lagodny on August 5, 2012 at 3:38pm

I was reminded once again today that having the right tool is definitely what it's all about.

Made a bolster pillow using 3/4" industrial wool felt, which is pretty dense.  Kept breaking and bending the pins...1.25" silk pins.  Went to the fabric store and bought 3/4" quilting/applique pins.  Works like a dream!

 

 

Comment by Emily Brailsford on August 5, 2012 at 1:33am

Does anyone know where I can get a frame for doing Filet lace on, preferably in the uk? or any suggestions for what to use?
xxx

Comment by Karla Barraza on August 4, 2012 at 11:16pm

Hey, there's a possibility that I may be moving soon and flying to get there. Would I have any problems bringing my lacemaking pillow with me (I made it myself so it's stuffed with tow and two socks of rice), or should I just leave it and make/buy a new one when I get there? 

Comment by Cindy Smith on August 4, 2012 at 6:21pm

I am new to all this so I am just listening and trying to learn.

Comment by Simon Purple on June 24, 2012 at 6:07pm
Gorgeous shuttles! Sheila, how long have you been collecting? My favorite will always be my little plastic tortoise shells!
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 24, 2012 at 4:36pm

We have a new member, Sheila, who has a large collection of tatting shuttles that you might like to see.

http://tattingcollector.weebly.com

Comment by Paula Harten on June 23, 2012 at 12:35am

I would think these bobbins might work best if you worked with your hands facing upward.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 28, 2012 at 2:52pm

I would think that Honiton bobbins are about as small in diameter as anybody would be comfortable with.

Comment by Devon Thein on May 27, 2012 at 7:22pm

A further size comparison.

Comment by Devon Thein on May 27, 2012 at 4:31pm

Vis a  vis a discussion on Arachne about how to fit a lot of bobbins on a pillow, I am posting this picture. I was given these by a colleague and I really don't know their source. They are only 2 1/2 inches and you really could fit more of them on a pillow. Valenciennes typically takes a lot of bobbins. I have never seen a picture of anyone working with such small bobbins, certainly not an oil painting from the era of bobbin intensive Valenciennes lace. I think the famous picture of Collette, 16 years old, working with a thousand bobbins which is in the book Bobbins of Belgium actually features regularly sized bobbins. It would be interesting to know if these bobbins actually work well, but since there is no contemporary sources for them in the quantity required for an experiment, I guess we will never know.

 

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