Unless otherwise stated all of the pictures on this page are of bobbins from my own collection. If you find the same image on any other website it has been used without my permission.
Specialist styles of lace bobbins include 'hookies' for use with metallic threads which will not hold a hitch well
Maker Derek Earnshaw
In Germany and Austria hooded bobbins are often used. The bobbin is wound upside-down and the wooden hood keeps the thread clean.
A bone bobbin with a straight inscription and a wrap of silver metal
Maker Eric Sutton
This bobbin is painted and has inserts of mother of pearl.
Maker Eric Sutton
This bone bobbin has paint applied in hollowed out depressions.
Maker Stephen Pearce.
In this bone bobbin the inside of the shank has been hollowed out.
Pierced bobbins such as these are sometimes called 'church-windows'
Maker Stuart Johnson.
More hollowing and small beads inserted into the void to make this 'pepper-pot'
Maker Nicholas Perrin.
This is called a 'mother and babe' bobbin. This one has three 'babes' but anything from one to five can be made.
Maker Barry Adams
At first sight this looks just like a fairly large midlands bobbin but it pulls apart to reveal a miniature bobbin attached to the lower part of the shank.
This type of bobbin is called a 'cow-in-calf'.
This is a fairly big unspangled bobbin which pulls apart to reveal a
loose miniature bobbin inside. It is known as a 'jack-in-the-box'
This bobbin has two loose wooden rings around the shank - originally made from one piece of wood. It is called a 'jingle'.
Maker Peter White.
This old South Bucks Thumper has several loose rings of pewter. It has also had a spangle added at some time although traditionally Thumpers were used unspangled.
This bobbin has a cross carved into the shank; a souvenir bought at Canterbury Cathederal.
A combination of ebony and bone.
Maker Simon Toustou
This bobbin has glass 'gems' inset into it.
Maker Matthew Hester
This Danish bone bobbin has two circles of beads around the bulbous end.
This is a home made bobbin - made from thin dowelling and pony and wooden beads glued together.
One of a pair of pierced Danish bobbins from the Cultural Museum in Tønder.
The hollow bulb contains a glass bead which tinkles as the bobbin is moved about.
A gift from a former Secret Pal, Dianna.