Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Schacht End-Delivery Shuttle

The Schacht End Delivery Shuttles ready for weavingThe Schacht End-Delivery Shuttles are designed especially and precisely for handweavers. They are lightweight, comfortable to throw and catch, adjustable to a variety of yarns, and easy to thread.

The shuttle has a pirn which remains stationary, instead of a free-spinning bobbin. The weft yarn unwinds off the pirn’s tip when the shuttle is in motion and stops unwinding when the shuttle stops. The yarn comes off the pirn and goes through a set of tension pads and comes out of the shuttle at a constant tension.
Schacht End Feed Shuttle
The shuttle minus its loaded pirn
This even delivery of weft causes less draw-in, which in turn makes better selvedges.  The weaver should resist the temptation to handle the weft yarn at all. Simply adjust the tension to suit the yarn and allow the shuttle to do the work.
Schacht Wooden Pirns
Hand crafted wooden pirns
Visit the website to view the full range of weaving shuttles.


Katrine - make it and fake it said...

WOW, this is really cool!!! my grand mum used to make amazing oictures weavinG!! i sort of want to get in to it, but i havent found the time yet!! your blog is def a great resourse!!!
ill be back :)

love K

George Weil said...

Thanks Katrine! You may also like this post about Tapestry Weaving http://blog.georgeweil.com/2012/03/tool-kit-getting-started-with-tapestry.html

I've had a look at your blog too http://www.makeitandfakeit.com/ - how great is that?!

We sell Jacquard Discharge Paste which can be used to the same effect as Colorex but with less damage to the cloth. The colour is discharged rather than bleached out of the fabric. The discharge paste can be combined with a dye which replaces the colour which is being discharged out. Allison