Wednesday, August 28, 2013

For Your Review: Stick Shuttles

When you buy a loom, it usually comes with a stick shuttle or two. These are basically what they sound like - stick-like things you use to shuttle weft yarn from one side of the loom to the other. Serious weavers will sometimes discount these cool little tools and prefer to use “boat” shuttles. I love boat shuttles, but sometimes only a stick shuttle will do.

Thicker yarns (as in, worsted weight and thicker) and art yarns, for example, sometimes work better for me on a stick shuttle. I started liking stick shuttles a lot more after I learned how to wind yarn onto them in a figure 8 pattern. It makes the shuttle much more flat and easy to use. You can also get a lot more yarn on your shuttle, so you don’t have to stop and wind yarn as often. As always, just have fun! The tools are just there to help you.

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