This replaces a missing post from August 25th, 2015
While I wait to the gilt passing thread to arrive from the States, I had time to work on modifying my bobbins to properly hold the thread. The dollar store clips did not put enough pressure on the bobbin neck to keep the thread in place for very long. While working on the DMC Pearl piece, I would periodically have to rewind the bobbins as the thread would frequently escape.
Another of the suggestions from Gillian Dye was to use a hook on the end of the bobbin. I picked up the wee-est little screw eyes from Home Depot with the intentions of bending them open with a pair of pliers. They were after all zinc – zinc is soft, right?
Hahaha. Zinc coated - Crazy carbon steel kryptonite underneath. Boooooo.
Plan B – cheap-o picture hanging hooks from the dollar store, of unknown metal content, that spread as easy as peanut butter.
I pre-drilled ¼” holes into the top of 24 spare bobbins so that they wouldn’t split when I twisted the hooks into the bobbin head. Despite my best intentions, I lost 3 (I still needed 24 total for the pattern, so I borrowed 3 more bobbins from my stash).
I’m also tackling the clean-up of the rest of the patterns. I’ve taken the original scanned images and printed them out. Next I would lay a fresh piece of paper over top of each image and use my iPad as a light box. Each pattern would be first traced in pencil, inked in Sharpie, then scanned back into the computer using the best contrast setting to give dark, crisp lines. From there, each pattern image is saved then printed out for use (scaling up and down depending on the thread size).
Welcome to the SCA blog of Lady Jane Caldwell. Lady Jane plays in 1534 and is interested in early period lace. Lady Jane hails from the Barony of Skraeling Althing in Ealdormere. Lady Jane is also a clothes whore who will wear clothing from multiple periods to either feel pretty or feel comfortable.