I’ve been winding bobbins for my latest bobbin lace project –
the mat I’ve been designing in tape lace, which I’ll blog about once the lace
is underway – and I came across these three bobbins about troubled love lives.
They are inscribed with Love don’t forsake me; Let no false lover gaine my hart
1842; and Its hard to love and canot be love again. One poor lacemaker is
trying to hang on to her boyfriend, while the other two have clearly had
romance problems in the past. The one who doesn’t want a ‘false lover’ suggests
she’s had one in the past who cheated on her. While the last one implies she’s
found a boy she likes but he’s not interested or that she too is having
problems getting back into a relationship. At least it shows that these
problems did not start with social media – they’ve been going on for centuries!
In fact T L Huetson in his book on Lace and bobbins records one with the
inscription ‘Place no confidence in young men’ – a warning that any young girl
would be wise to bear in mind! I think the first bobbin on the left was made by
Bobbin Brown of Cranfield, the middle one was probably made by Jesse Compton and
the one on the right is probably by David Haskins who came from a family of