Wooden Bobbins

Wooden Bobbins
Spools, spindles, cylinders, winding thread, sewing, weaving, lace
A bobbin provides a temporary or permanent storage for yarn as used in spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing and lacemaking. Lacemaking requires the use of dozens of different bobbins at any one time, with some of the bobbins often being made from exotic woods. Bobbin lace is one of the two major categories of hand-made lace - the other being needlelace. During the 16th century, there was a ready market for bobbin lace of all different qualities and with this surge in demand many women found that they could earn more from this work than they could with spinning, sewing or weaving. In Bedfordshire, the lacemaking industry was associated with Catherine of Aragon (first wife of Henry VIII) who when trade was dull, burnt her lace and ordered new to be made. However, lace-making was about to change with the introduction of mechanisation and the Bobbinet (name for machine-made bobbin lace) whilst at first propelling lace-makers into more complicated designs, eventually pushed them out of business altogether, save for a thriving culture of lace making as a pastime craft, still familiar today.

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