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Thursday, November 27, 2014

What Is this?

What Is this?


Cleaning the attic is not one of the things I do, because  I find it very hard to throw something away.
I rather re-arrange things. So I picked up this instrument which I bought in 1979 in Bruges, as you call her. I remember exactly where i bought it, because I still have the plastic bag, they put it in.



Two quiz questions:

  • What is this?
  • What am I using it for at the moment?

My apologies: I have nothing to give away right now to the person who finds the answer. Or maybe, I have,…. Depending on who you are and what you already have.

Tip: it is not made for shelling Belgian shrimps!


13 comments:

  1. Hmm, is it a 'mechanical/rotary' nostepinde - to wind hanks into balls? Even if it isn't, from the looks of it, it seems possible to be used for that purpose . Very interesting.

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    1. Thank You Muskaan, for teaching me a new word! I had never heard of a NOSTEPINDE. And you are right, I could use this instrument to quickly make yarn samples on half clothes pegs or pieces of chop sticks.

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  2. It could be for winding lace bobbins as it came from Bruges. Wondering if somehow it could be adapted to wind tatting shuttle bobbins? Could also be for winding spaghetti into balls too!

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    1. Bravo, BC3!! You anwsered both questiond correctly!!
      But I may deduce one point for the spagetti. You don't mess with food.

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    1. Very good hypothesis .I did the test just now and it works! Very well actually!

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    1. Yes, Anne, your answer to the first question is correct!

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  5. Yes it is definitely for winding thread on Lace bobbins - Continental style ones specifically - I have been a lacemaker for 24 years and I have one identical :) It is good also for winding hand painted "midland" style bobbins (the ones with beaded spangles on the bottom) as it clamps and then rotates the bobbin ... unlike other winders which the bobbin rotates in which in turn can damage the paint :)

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    1. Excellent, Stitchety Grub8 Continental bobbins are built for speed! And are therefore devois of all these nic nacs you put on them! You get one extra point because you have an identical one!!!! Amazing, after all these years!!! Where did you buy it? Do you know who the manufacturer was?
      But, I may deduce a point for not mentioning which continent.

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  6. I agree, its definitely a winder for continental lace bobbins.... If you use something akin to a chopstick you could 'clamp' a tatting bobbin to it or with a bit of jiggery pokery you could 'adapt' a shuttle opener to fit and wind away to your hearts content!!! That's my idea anyway.... Off now to see if I can adapt mine.... (not the same style).... because I'm a lace maker too!!

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    1. Pigimini, you are tooo clever!!. Question one is correct.Let me quicky load up my little films, so that I can show you what I use it for!

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