Tools & Toys Tuesday

Tips & Tools Tuesday

Today I’m introducing a new feature here on button button – Tools & Toys Tuesday! I’ve been thinking for a while now about a way to regularly feature some of the lovely things we crafters use, rather than make. We ooh and ahh over beautiful yarn and fabric before it’s even been wound or pressed for cutting – clearly we all appreciate the raw materials and tools we use on them just as much as we do the finished object. So this will be a (semi-) regular feature from now on, just a little ode to the beautiful things we use to make beautiful things.

Since I’ve been talking a lot about lace lately, I thought I’d start by sharing these gorgeous bobbins I just bought from m*g-bob-ins on Ebay (they don’t appear to have any new bobbins for sale at the moment, but they will). I could’ve gotten a better photo if they weren’t already in use on my pillow, but they arrived over the weekend and there was no way I was going to let them wait until my next project! They feel lovely too – delicate, but they make a wonderful little click when they bump into each other. I find lace bobbins hard to resist – since you use so many on one project at a time, there’s no such thing as too many, which is a bit of a dangerous concept when a tool is this charming!

2 Comments on Tools & Toys Tuesday

  1. pam
    May 22, 2013 at 16:08 (5 years ago)

    I love the idea for your new series!! You are right – there are so many fabulous and beautiful tool treasures to share!!

    So i have a question – because i know nothing about lace making AND because i am a collector at heart: When making lace, is it necessary that all your bobbins be exactly the same or can you use an assortment – from a collection? Can you actually buy just one, or are they only sold in sets?

    • julie
      May 23, 2013 at 10:54 (5 years ago)

      Actually, I’d *love* to learn more about bobbins and their history and share it with you all! I find them to be completely fascinating – each one has its own individual style, and they get passed on down the line to new lacemakers. They make me very happy. :)

      Here’s what I know so far, and then I promise you I’ll do a lengthy post on the subject when I learn more: in general, bobbins are all basically the same. There are different types for different specific types of lace, but (and I just asked my teacher this a few days ago), with a few exceptions, you can use them interchangeably. I think that when you get pretty serious with it, you might want lighter ones for different projects, etc, but even my teacher’s projects don’t really do that.

      That said, each one is unique – they are sold as decorative, individual items as well as functional, so you can happily pick and choose just the ones you find prettiest and use them all together. Bobbins are used in pairs, but sold as both pairs and individuals (if you look at them above, you’ll see a pair all the way to back, and singles that I bought from the same seller). So far – and in general this seems like more fun to me – I’ve mostly bought collections of used bobbins from the lace guild and antique shops. I like the lucky-dip aspect, one bag I got had mostly ordinary, not terribly interesting wooden bobbins, with one or two lovely antique ones mixed in. Plus, I like the idea that I’m now making my collection from bits and pieces of past lacemakers’ collections – and those pretty new ones I just couldn’t resist. :)


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