Thursday, February 13, 2014
Experimenting With the Weaver's Delight Wooden Yarn Shuttle
I brought it home along with a few pirns for winding on yarn for the shuttle. This is a big shuttle, about the same size as the cast aluminum ones for the rags. It measures about 16" long and is 3-4" high.
The wire fits in two holes inside the shuttle and loops around the pirn in the groove. Pushing on the flat end of the pirn bows the wire enough to give some tension to the pirn and holds it in place when seated in the shuttle.
I had my dad make the new pirns about 2" longer than the original ones. I wasn't sure if there was a reason for the original ones to be shorter, so I thought I could start out with them a little longer and cut them off if they didn't work.
There was a reason for them being shorter! The longer one worked fine until there was just about 1" to1 1/2" of yarn left on the pirn and then it started to get caught on the tip. It caused some broken warp threads from being tugged off the shuttle race.
Well, isn't that what experimenting is all about? I know how to fix broken warp threads and will show some photos of the process in another blog post.
Here is the shuttle all loaded with yarn and threaded and ready to go. The thread is exiting under a spring steel tension clip. I am thinking bout replacing it with something else that may let me change the tension a bit and have a little more control of the yarn pulling at the selvedges. (Or not pulling!)
Stay tuned for winding a tartan warp to put on the WD sectional beam and repairing broken warp threads.