Celebrating 20 years! This shuttle was introduced at Convergence in 1996. The concept is mine, but the actual design is copyrighted by Terry Lavallee at Bluster Bay Woodworks, who makes them for me.
Actually the concept is not new, but has not been in use for over 50 years; the wooden bobbins you see in antique stores were filled with freshly spun yarn on a spinning mule, then went directly into shuttles for weaving. When the weaving industry developed shuttle-less looms, the practice went by the wayside.
Handweaving boat shuttles that hold bobbins today have a rod that is not removable. This shuttle was developed without the rod in order to hold the charkha spindle so you can take your handspun directly to the loom.
Yes! you can weave with singles; khadi in India is made with singles in both warp and weft, and most commercial fabrics are woven with singles in both directions as well.
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Unknown (Submitted on May 5th 2016)
Beautiful hard rock maple shuttle that is beautifully well crafted as well as functional and easy to use.
Kathleen (Submitted on Apr 18th 2016)
This shuttle is beautiful. Fits nicely in your hand. Will make waving with handspun cotton much easier. Great idea, you can take the spindle from the Charkha, place the spindle in the shuttle, and wave away!
Quick delivery too!
Jane (Submitted on Feb 29th 2016)
Speedy and hassle free delivery. Shuttle arrived in New Zealand just 8 days after posting. Beautiful walnut wood and just a delightful object to hold and look at. Very happy. This is going to make it so easy to use my spun cotton singles with my rigid heddle.