OK, so I had to break the rule about not buying stuff. Yes, already. Well, what can you do? I needed more textured/shiny/glittery stuff for my Viking ladies. I like these space-dyed variety threads from Oliver Twists Fibres because you get a little of a lot, and when just a little is all you need, they’re perfect:
They look lovely in that twisty skein, but they’re impossible to use like that. Once you pull one thread out, you tend to end up with a chaotic heap of loveliness that tangles itself up the minute you turn your back on it, as you can see in the white pile on the left. I needed a way of organising the threads, just so that I could see what I’ve got. I have used those little card bobbins in the past, and still have a lot of threads that have been wound like that for many years. Largely, I don’t like them, for this reason:
I don’t like the creases. I like my thread to be smooth and straight. I don’t like that zig-zaggy effect it gets from being permanently pressed like that, and I worry about whether it weakens the thread. So I did a bit of lateral thinking and came up with this:
Plastic drinking straws, cut in half, with a slit cut into each end, make excellent thread bobbins. Who’d have thought it? The bendy end works just as well as the straight end, and very fine threads can be wound onto quarter-lengths. Of course now I want to do this with all my threads, so I’m taking a break while I focus on that.
I may be some time…