from The Dictionary of Spools

bobbin n. 1. wooden spindle made at the factory in town. 2. noise maker; especially, one of an almost-matched pair struck repeatedly to establish a hollow rhythm to the tune of a table saw. 3. kaleidoscope filled with crystal beads and safety pins, aimed at a window to blur the edges of small objects held to the sky. 4. then telescope without glass to reduce the sky to a blue coin. 5. now candlestick kitsch. 6. for the lace maker in her room of spinning bones, a thing of weight to hold thread and tether work so delicate it might float away. 7. among childhood gifts from a grandmother who worked at the factory: a plaid suitcase, a gold photo frame, and boxes and boxes of empty bobbins.