A neat variation on Card stock bobbins for storing threads and yarn

I love buying vintage crochet cotton at the thrift shop. It speaks to me of the hands that it has passed through, and the pleasure it has brought to other thread lovers.

I like to use it in my weaving, crochet and tatting, as it gives me a sense of connection to needlewomen of the past.

BUT… storing balls of crochet cotton can be a problem. Those hollow cores take up a LOT of space!

So, for many years, I have been upcycling old credit cards or pieces of cardstock to make bobbins like this:

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Because, storing yarn or thread on a small flat bobbin is so much more efficient than leaving it on the cardboard tubes:

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Last night, I had insomnia, and was thinking about winding off a pile of vintage crochet cotton, when I had a flash of inspiration!!

Instead of making chubby little embroidery style bobbins,  if I made ‘dog bone’ shape bobbins, I could use my bobbin winder to speed up the process of winding them. AND, they’d take up less room, as it would be a longer, leaner shape.

I jumped out of bed, and started cutting the new shape bobbins:

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And, winding up balls of cotton:

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In a twinkling of an eye, I have compactly wound bobbins that won’t tangle with other bobbins, as the thread is taken through a slot and secured. Another bonus! No snaggles!

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This shape of bobbin is great for warping the Mirrix loom, as it’s so compact.  Yep – it’s a win!

And, they can be easily stored in unusual containers, like this:

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I made a video to show how quickly and easily this works:

I haven’t tried using these bobbins for tapestry weaving, but I will, and will let you know how I like them.

I love making tapestry bobbins from wood- especially upcycled wood, so I will be showing you how I do that in an upcoming post.

Happy weaving, and here’s to creative ways of storing yarn and thread stash! 😀



Filed under eco crafts & green projects, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, Mirrix loom, tutorial & how to, weaving & handwoven

10 responses to “A neat variation on Card stock bobbins for storing threads and yarn

  1. Grace G

    luv this idea!!!!!


  2. anni maver

    excellent idea!!! wow, insomnia really pays off for you! and i love your bobbin winder– that must be vintage also?


  3. anni maver

    just found a bobbin winder like yours at halcyon yarn– very cool!


    • Oh neato!
      They are great, solid little bobbin winders! Are you going to treat yourself to one?
      Enjoy! 🙂
      Wow… this one: http://halcyonyarn.com/products/equipment/68070000.html does look just like mine!
      It’s a beautiful little machine, and works a fair treat! No affiliations or profit in saying so, just really happy with it.


      • anni maver

        we’re going to be traveling to the east coast this summer (i’m in the final two weeks of packing/moving out of our home of 27 years to hit the road for a year!) so maybe i’ll treat myself to one while we’re back there! not much space in our camper van, but bringing a small trunk full of yarn, books and crochet hooks of course! priorities! i can make room for more yarn with your idea!


  4. Indeed! and anything that allows for more yarn is a good thing! Happy and safe travels! Bon Voyage! 🙂


  5. Bonjour,
    Quelle excellente idée, merci beaucoup pour le partage, je pense que cela va beaucoup m’aider pour les problèmes de stockage et même, pour offrir une partie des fils à des amies 😉 bonne journée, Fabienne 🙂


  6. Merci beaucoup, Fabienne 🙂


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