What this is:
This bobbin holder allows you to easily do colorwork and amigurumi projects without your yarn getting tangled. I first saw one of these while working on my family’s stockings. I loved doing that project but I got a little irritated with the amount of untangling I was doing.
A few weeks ago, while at the Estes Park Wool Market, I found a big bin of these great wooden bobbins. So it finally felt like it was time to tackle this project.
Here’s a list of the types of knit and crochet projects this could help with:
- Any project that uses a small to moderate amount of yarn
- Fair Isle
I enjoy the tactile aspect of working with yarn. So for me, winding bobbins is so fun! And it always makes me hum a silly song my daughter sings called, “Wind the Bobbin Up“. So, get yourself a really pretty yarn, learn the lyrics and get excited!
I am 100% serious. Full confession, I know next to nothing about woodworking. But look at that thing! Sure doesn’t seem that way, right? That’s because this is a super simple project. This would be a great first woodworking project. The supplies are cheap and it can be a little crooked and still be fully functional. Mine certainly has some flaws — but as long as they aren’t glaring, most people are not going to notice.
I’d say as long as you’ve used a drill before, you can do this project.
- Drill, 1/4″ drill bit
- Utility knife
- Dowel rods, 1/4″ QTY 6 — $2.99 for 12pk
- Wooden plaque, 7″x 9″ — $2.99 (My store had a variety of 7″x9″ shapes so just go check it out and pick your favorite one)
- Wood stain — $5.98
- Wood glue — $3.20
- Wood bobbins, 1/4″ center hole x 4″ length — $1/ea
- Start with at least four BUT I’d buy as many as you can because then you can store more colors. Your LYS may have these too!
Total cost: $19.16
You may already have some of these items! I only spent $9.98 to make mine 🙂
- Using your ruler, lightly make a grid (shown in red below) with your pencil.
- Working along the top and bottom borders of the center grid, mark each of the spaces indicated. Be sure to keep your ruler straight!
- Look it over. Does it look close to even? It doesn’t need to be perfect but the markings should appear to be evenly spaced.
Drilling and Cutting
- Drill the marked spaces to a depth of about 3/8″. Go slow and hold that drill straight up and down. To check to see how far down you are: insert a dowel rod, mark where it’s level and measure the depth. Again, do not get discouraged if it’s not exactly perfect.
- Cut the dowel rods to 5 1/4″ length.
Staining and Gluing
- Stain: the plaque, the dowel rods, and the bobbins.
- Follow the directions of your preferred stain
- Wait for everything to be thoroughly dried before you proceed
- Working one at a time: place a dab of wood glue into a drilled hole, insert the dowel rod, and wipe away excess glue with a clean cloth. Repeat for each space.
Wind those bobbins!
And sit back and admire your awesome new toy! I hope that this has been helpful to you all! As always, comment below if you’ve got any questions!