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Bobbins rolling on the pillow?

This became an off-shoot of another discussion on the Arachne Lace-Chat. Also look under "Square Bobbins". Here are the postings.

Hi - It is true that in continental Europe they work on flat pillows. They also tend to work with much longer thread between pin and bobbin.The introduction of the spangle in Britain though does not have anything to do with flat pillows as the traditional english pillow was a bolster (like a short fat sausage) and the bobbins not being used were thrown to the back of the pillow. Any of you who have seen photographs of English workers will know what I mean.

Margaret Allen

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