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11076RE: [bobbinlace] RE: Square bobbins

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  • Kathy McIguire
    Dec 6, 2013
      Normally I just read all the wonderful letters and take in the good advise that is given, but today I am snowed in and I would like to put in my two cents on square bobbins. I have been making lace now for about 15 years and I work with I guess square bobbins. They are sometimes called bed post bobbins. What I like about them they do not roll on my pillow and they do not have a spangle on them which makes it much easier to make a sewing as sometimes spangles can get tangled in a sewing. Happy Lacing to all.
      On Fri, 12/6/13, Rene <reneastle@...> wrote:

      Subject: RE: [bobbinlace] RE: Square bobbins
      To: "bobbinlace@yahoogroups.com" <bobbinlace@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:46 AM


      As a flemish lace maker , I cannot understand how one can
      work with square bobbins.   Nata 616 has a
      we never use square bobbins . When using a gimp we
      might consider it because it is feels different,
      when working faster. But is not the right way to work.

      A flat cushion is in fact also not for classic work as the
      bobbins lay and do not hang. The bobbins need slicht
       tension while rollling so one does not have to pull
      too much ..  
      A flat cushion is sometimes used  and can be
      handy  for contemporary work or to have one in
      I once saw a German girl with a whole pillow of square
      bobbins..  She did actually manage to work  with
      them  and her work was nicely done.  She did use
      thick thread and pulles a lot.. but she was  also
      slow as she had to  pick up every time the bobbins
      and pulling for the right tension. ..  That is not
      exactly the way to make bobbinlace here.
      Then I say .. better that then no lace at all !
      Working with spangles is not easy and certainly not for
      clunies because one  then adapts a non regular way of
      Midlands spangles are in fact not made to use for
      Here when square bobbins arrived on the market we bought
      them for collections. I never see them in use on a
      pillow except a few years ago by that one German girl.

      I say .. if you feel good using square bobbins .. just
      use them.
      From: celticdreamweave@...
      Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:57:28 -0800
      Subject: Re: [bobbinlace] RE: Square bobbins


      Midlands with their spangles can be a pain
      when doing lots of clunies too.I do my clunies in the air
      and not on the pillow. Ann Keller suggested  I do that
      when I couldn't make them on the pillow without them
      looking like holly clunies.

         I do not have any problems with the
      rounded turns in the middle of the bobbins. Sometime I
      will put a picture up on my blog and show you my square
      bobbins in action. 
      Wind To Thy Wings,
      New York, US of America
      Nata 616

      Thursday, December 5, 2013 2:08 PM
      [bobbinlace] RE: Square bobbins


      I have "international square Model 2" and
      "large square" bobbins (the names on Holly van
      Sciver's website: http://www.vansciverbobbinlace.com/3Bob_C.html).
       What I've noticed is 1) square bobbins certainly
      CAN roll and 2) the pretty, bumpy turnings on the large
      square bobbins become less attractive when you're doing
      lots of sewings :-) (I was doing a Russian braid lace
      pattern where I basically had a sewing every 12

      bobbins don't roll--the spangles prevent that.  But
      larger/more elaborate spangles are not easy to deal with
      when doing sewings.

      bobbins sound like an interesting concept, but I'm
      wondering how they would work in practice.  If you wind
      bobbins by hand, you usually roll the bobbin in your fingers
      (wrapping the thread around the neck of a stationary bobbin
      seems to add (or subtract) more twist from the thread than
      turning the bobbin either by hand or with a bobbin winder).
       It wouldn't be comfortable to try to roll
      something with corners in your fingers, and the kind of
      winders I'm familiar with wouldn't hold a flat
      object. Flat objects also tend to be a little harder to pick
      up (think of picking up a key or coin vs. a pen or lace

      lacemakers in my area (northern New Jersey, USA) tend to use
      continental bobbins, and I've noticed that the
      more-experienced people seem to pick up and hold the
      bobbins, rolling them between their fingers to make some
      stitches, and apparently tensioning by pulling against the
      widened ends of the bobbins.  This kind of manipulation
      might not be possible with flat bobbins.

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