When I started weaving tapestries we were poor starving students, and there was no way I was going to buy bobbins. For 25 years I have used butterflies, or just short strands of wool.
A few years ago I tried some Aubusson bobbins, the ones that are rounded on both ends, and I like them very much. This photo shows the Aubusson bobbin on top, and my 2 sizes of mini-bobbin below.
I also weave on frame looms sometimes, and since the shed is not that big, I wanted something smaller.
I just knew there had to be something out there that would function as a mini-bobbin, and then Kim told me about this great website: http://www.caseyswood.com/shoppingcart/zen-cart/
I looked under Shaker Pegs, and found 2 5/16” tie pegs. Then I found dowel caps whose holes are the same width as the peg: 3/16”.
I also bought some dowels the same size, so we could make some slightly longer bobbins.
Kim used his excellent woodworking skills, and a little glue, and in a very short time he brought me a whole bag of bobbins! I’m already using a bunch of the longer ones, and we still have a dowel and some caps to make more. With the fairly thin wefts I use, I can fit about a 24” piece on the longer bobbin.
I tried using the tie pegs the way they come, and it worked OK, but I didn’t like it as much. I think you would not be able to put as much yarn on it, because it would slide off the end.
She’s been acting a little weird since she discovered my Catmint plant the other day! Here she is rolling around on it.
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