Today I thought I'd focus on these little babies... of which I have six. They are actually bobbins used for making bobbin lace (also known as Belgian Lace, since this type of lacemaking is very common there... particularly in the northern city of Brugges).
I purchased them on eBay a few years ago from a woodturner in Australia (His eBay ID is 'hank6565') He hand-turns each one using cypresswood. All I did was add the red string and place 'em on the tree.
I don't know how to make bobbin lace and so they've been 're-purposed'. I was so taken with them when I saw them that I placed an order right away... I'd been familiar with woodturning, but on pieces much larger than this. What impressed me so incredibly that he could make something so beautiful and so delicate on such a small piece of wood (each bobbin only measure about 5" in length).
Hank doesn't currently have anything available on eBay but you can check back in on his profile here.
What do I love about these ornaments?
- first of all, there is the inherent beauty of the individual pieces... they are beautiful in their own right.
- secondly... I love the rustic look of wooden ornaments on the tree (unpainted... even better). They're very basic... but somehow the 'wood on tree' takes us back to a simpler time.
These beauties are truly among my 'favorite' favorite things!
Thanks again Hank!!