One day I ran out of plastic bobbins – they were all full of yarn which I didn’t feel like emptying . So I made a paper quill. They are inexpensive – a sheet of paper makes two and is always available! It is easy to overfill a plastic bobbin and one can think that the edge is there to keep your yarn on the bobbin. By using paper quills you learn how to wind a bobbin properly. And one more bonus – they are quiet.
To make a paper quill I cut an oval from a firm piece of paper. I used an 8 x 11″ folded in half (8 x 5.5″) then folded again and cut a half oval (makes it somewhat even) , it doesn’t have to be fancy!
The width of the oval should be slightly narrower than the inside width of the shuttle you are using. Brands of shuttles are all slightly different, this allows you customize your quill and forget about putting beads or whatever at the ends of the bobbin to stop it from sticking.
To use begin by wrapping around the shaft of your bobbin winder making sure you are going in the right direction for winding on, or you will unwind your quill! Insert the end of your thread under the flap and begin winding. I have found the are reusable if the paper is of good quality.
Premade quills are available in various lengths and if not the length you need, get some slightly larger and cut to size.
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– homemade paper quill
– heavy pressed cardboard quill ( Louet)
– stiff cardboard paper quill – Leclerc
– partially wound paper quill
– partially wound bobbin
I am not saying my quills and bobbins are wound perfectly, but these show the general idea.