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    Bobbins or something else?

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Size:  1.82 MBDoes anybody know what these are found them in an old box of stuff that belonged to my DH aunt.
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    I think they are for tatting. Not real sure tho.

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    Yes, the 5 shuttles with thread on them are for tatting. But, I'm not sure what the spool, key, and the two small picks are for.

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    The pointed objects are likely stilettos, commonly used to guide fabric under the sewing machine needle. My Mom tatted for years.

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    I saw my grandmother using picks like those pictured to guide fabric through the sewing machine. Please note that I can be found doing the same thing with a long pin, the point of an embroidery scissors, and anything else that comes to hand when I need it.

    The very point of one pick was broken off and I am contemplating re-sharpening it. Seems as though I have a selection of different grit fingernail files that could do the deed. When there is peace in my valley.

    I have no idea about the spools. The tatting shuttles are fairly recent, though. I bought the metal ones for myself at a craft store. Gave up on tatting. My fingers kept turning blue - no blood flow.

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    they ARE tatting shuttles (I think shuttle is the term) One of the few things I have not been able to learn

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    Yes, they are Tatting Shuttles.
    My grandma use to make the most wonderful lace with them.
    She was going to teach me and we did not have the time before she passed.
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    I think the key is very cool!!! I think the cut out on it means something but haven't a clue! I am fascinated with old keys. If you don't think you want to keep it, please let me know!!!
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    Oh, the beauty of it. If you have FCE (home making clubs) in Michigan, join one and go to camp this summer. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to have someone teaching tatting at one of the classes. That is some kinda pretty work if you do collars, or anything that needs fine fancy lace.....Hey, maybe even Paducah, if you go there in April....
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    My grandmother taught me to tat, and I made all the lace for my sister's wedding gown. I can't imagine where I got all that time!
    The metal ones are available in stores now, but very difficult to work with. I wouldn't try. The others are an early plastic, I forget what it's called. You have one really good one, the one with a pic on the end, that looks like a spear on the tip. That is the one to use. With the other 2 ivory colored ones, you have to use a crochet hook to pick the thread through each loop, which takes a lot longer.

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    The spool possibly might be for making "bobbin lace", something I know very little about but would like to learn.

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    I have this stuff as well. Yes, they are tatting shuttles.

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    The two little pick looking concerns are lace bobbins. I remember my Irish Grannie making her own lace and the one with the grooves would be used where you had to catch the loop and twist or otherwise manipulate it and the smooth one was good for use with the shuttles.

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    They may be for lace making. (The stilletto things.) Have you seen women making hand made lace? They usually have a pillow with the lace in the center, and lots of bodkins/shuttles hanging all around in a circle. There are things sticking up like pins that are where the pattern is taking place. The thread spools could have been used for lace making, and the tatting shuttles may be able to go that direction too. The key may have gone to a cabinet that held the supplies, ---or not. We really just have to try and piece together things as best we can. Try looking on some tatting websites, and try lace making as well.
    Here is Wickapedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lace

    An example of bobbin lace during manufacture.

    Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand.[1] The holes


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    I think she has one of the stillettto things under her hand
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    My Great Aunt Bertha tried to teach me to tat with one of those. She just said watch my hand - right. I never mastered the art of threading a sewing machine while it sews either.
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