Here are some ways to find the lost end on a bobbin:
- a piece of tape, see if you can lift off the end by ‘patting’ the yarn on the bobbin with the tape
- a toothbrush (clean and dry ;-) ) see if you can brush off the end by gently brushing the surface
- pick a likely strand and follow it around (maybe open up a paperclip and slide it under it, then rotate around). If a strand goes on top of your strand, switch to the upper one (this sometimes doesn’t work, though, if the end has gotten entirely embedded …)
And here are some ways to make it easier to find the end, done while spinning:
- have a regular pattern of movement on the hooks or of the slider (Ashfords have hooks; Lendrums have sliders ... Louets, well, it depends on the Louet ;-) ) ... if you have a WooLee Winder, then there's a regular pattern already. This will let you know where to expect to find the end, reducing your search area.
- if you are spinning fine, besides filling from front to back (or from back to front), consider laying down a life-line at the end of each pass -- a strip of paper about 1/2-1" wide and as long as your bobbin is, on top of the pass. It may be a little fiddly to lay down, but once you have a round or two on it, it should stay. Heck, try a post-it note if you want it to be self-stick, just test that it won't rough up your yarn too much. The next pass will be on top of the strip, so your end can't get too deeply embedded.
- change hooks often enough that big ridges don't build up -- definitely not so much that they start collapsing on themselves, that can be a right mess!
- Another way to create a life line is to fill from front to back, then bring the strand directly to the front again from the back -- this long swipe down the bobbin creates a self-life-line, but it's not as easy to find and utilize as the paper method.
Do you have end-finding tips for bobbins? Pass them along, before this happens to me again ;-) Thanks!!