Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ten Things to Do with an Antique Bobbin

If you've visited the Woolen Mill Store in Portland -- or seen us on the road -- you might have noticed our antique wood bobbins.


These little pieces of Pendleton history were indeed used in the mill -- great big long machines spin yarn onto the bobbins. The Woolen Mill Store is where bobbins go to retire! Our creative customers have come up with a laundry list of ways to use them.
  1. Candle holders. A few drops of glue or hot wax will secure a taper in place on the end of the bobbin.
  2. Legs for a stool or small table. Even after years of mill service, the bobbins are still very sturdy.
  3. Base for a lamp. You can buy the light bulb fixture and lampshade separately, and string the cord through the hollow core of the bobbin.
  4. Fish whacker. If you're the fishing type, a bobbin makes a handy addition to your tackle box.
  5. Curtain rod finials. Some people like the wide end showing; some people like the narrow end. Either way, they look nice!
  6. Vase for silk flowers. That hole in the bottom makes a bobbin a bad choice for flowers that need water... but silk flowers look lovely and dramatic displayed in a bobbin.
  7. Canvas. Paint on 'em, carve them, bust out the wood burning tools...
  8. Ribbon organizer. Anything wound on a big, open core can be stacked on a bobbin for storage -- you can see what you have on hand AND you've got an attractive way to display your stash.
  9. Personal safety. You don't want to be caught unarmed if ninjas suddenly attack!
  10. Display. You don't have to do a single thing to them. Stand them up in rows, arrange them in a wide bowl -- they're beautiful just the way they are.

We want to see what you've done with your bobbins! Feel free to post pictures (or a link to pictures) in comments so we can ooh and ahh over them.

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