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Unspangled Bobbins

Most lacemaking areas in Europe, apart from the English East midlands,
use/used unspangled bobbins; nearly always made of wood.

Unless otherwise stated all of the pictures on this page are of bobbins from my own collection. If you find the same image but without credits, on any other website it has been used without my permission.

Honiton bobbin

A Honiton bobbin as used in south Devonshire.
A little further west in Dorset and Wiltshire similar bobbins, but with slightly rounded ends were used.

Honiton are the smallest bobbins, being used with very fine threads.
The pointed end makes it easier to pass the bobbin through the loop of thread when making sewings.

South Bucks Thumper

In the parts of Buckinghamshire the 'South Bucks Thumper' was used in preference to the commoner spangled Midlands bobbins.
This is a modern version with a slightly longer neck than was traditional.
Maker and owner Jim Stavast

small Flemish bobbin

Small Flemish bobbin.
Used for Binche and other fine laces.

Belgium bobbin
another Belgian bobbin

Regular 'continental' bobbins. These are both mass produced bobbins, and are unpolished

large continental bobbin

Another mass produced continental bobbin. Extra big to accommodate very thick threads

French bobbin
French bobbin with double head

Two French style bobbins. The double head is used around the le Puy area.

Danish bobbin

Danish bobbins have a circular end to the shank to add weight

honey stirrer 'Danish' bobbin

This 'Danish' bobbin is based on a honey stirrer.
maker Kenn Van-Deiren

slim style Danish bobbin

Another style of Danish bobbin, similar to the French style
Owner Sonja Sillay

Swedish bobbin

This is a Swedish bobbin.
Owner Sonja Sillay

bobbin used for Skane freehand lace

This too is Swedish, of the style used for Skåne Freehand lace.
Owner Sonja Sillay

Swedish gimp bobbin

and this is a Swedish gimp bobbin.
Owner Sonja Sillay

bobbin with square shank

Because unspangled bobbins tend to roll around a flat pillow some lacemakers like to use bobbins with a squared shank.
This one comes from South Africa.

Maltese bobbin

These are Maltese bobbins. Many Maltese bobbins have plainer shanks than these.

Spanish bobbin

This Spanish style bobbin was bought in Menorca.
Owner Sonja Sillay

Czech bobbin

Another mass produced bobbin. This style is from the Czech Republic and is used for braid laces which require a relatively small number of bobbins, so the thicker shank is not a problem.

modern Russian bobbin

A modern Russian bobbin purchased at Lace Guild Convention, Scarborough 1994. This large bobbin is used for Russian braid laces which require a relatively small number of bobbins.

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