Most of these are from my old website (which is now defunct), but I do have a few that never made it up there, so stay tuned. =)
And before you have heartfailure at the volume, it has taken over 20 years to accumulate this lot, and most were bought in the Stoneage ("B.C" - before children!)
Proof I'm nuts about tatting - My NATA shuttle and it's Nut case...
|These are some of my handmade Heiko Pund shuttles. The cream coloured ones are bone, the yellowy one is amber.|
|An old Boye shuttle ( as different from the replica further down ). This must have been a favourite, that's a finger mark worn into the finish.|
|A replica Boye shuttle with removable bobbin. ( From the Lazy Daisy in Melbourne. ) Doesn't feel bad, but the hook gets caught when I don't want it to. One to get used to later.|
A "Justrite" shuttle from America. Over 20 years old - bought from a retired tatter.
Twists apart to allow thread to be loaded ( and unloaded ) quicker. Maybe just a little big for me, but I love the extra size and the pick. =)
|Replica silver-coloured shuttle... It's plated, and not sure if it's silver it's plated with... I've kept the "made in India" sticker in it so no-one gets fooled! From the Lazy Daisy in Melbourne, but the blurb has Lacis on it.|
|A "Pelc" double bobbin shuttle.|
|A 1917 "pat applied for" Boye shuttle. Bit rusty, but still working!|
|An aluminium English AERO. Very tight tips.|
|At long last... an English AERO. I can't bring myself to crack the box though...|
The infamous "black Aero". Sure enough, as soon as I got it out of its (brand new)packet, the plastic hook broke! No wonder these were short lived.
Please note, it's a well known flaw of this particular shuttle, and the seller is in no way to blame!
|Older white Susan Bates shuttle. Made in Mexico, but a dead ringer for the old Clovers.|
|Old versions of the tortoise-patterned clover shuttles.|
|New versions of the Clover tortoiseshell-pattern shuttles. Got these from "Punch with Judy" at a needlecraft show in Melbourne. Like the fluorescent Clovers, in that the tips aren't too tight.|
|Clovers - The flouro looking ones are the newer model. The dark blue and red ones are older. I like the newer model, as they require less attention with a nail file to smooth the edge down ( less harsh than the old ones when winding threads. )|
|Purchased from John Beswick at the Australian Lace Guild lace day. The Beswick's sell lace supplies, and are based in Adelaide, South Australia. Looking in Pam Palmer's book, I think these are lemonwood shuttles made in Wales by Brian Whyman and decorated by Jenny Hester.|
|From an Australian Lace Guild lace day. Bought from John Beswick, and I think he made them too. (Little "JB" in the centre post of one.)|
I think the ones with flowers are made from Maple by Chris Parsons in the UK, but I don't know who's painted these ones. (Similar shuttles are shown in Pam Palmer's book "Tatting Shuttles - Related Tools & Accessories")
|A Heiko Pund shuttle. I never knew coconut could look so good polished up!|
|Dan & Dorothy Peacock's fund-raising shuttles. Their son has Opitz FG syndrome, and these were made to raise funds to go to a conference with him in June 2002.|
|Either bone or ivory, but I'm not game to do any definitive tests. Found for me by a friend who likes the excuse to go antique-diving. =)|
|My first (and probably last) Webster sterling silver shuttle. Wish I knew who "RMO" was. =)|
|This is a beautiful paui shell shuttle, made in |
|White pearl shell laminate shuttle with paui shell dolphin. Same maker as the paui shell shuttle above.|