Look at all those bobbins

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Shuttle Collection

I've been collecting shuttles for about as long as I have tatted. My Dad was testing his new camera and what an opportunity to get him to photograph them! Here are a few of my favorites. Quite a few of these are very old.
Here is a shot of three knotting shuttles. These are quite large. The two mother of pearl shuttles are dated to about the late 1700's to early 1800's.
The shuttle in the middle was made in 1700's in Canton China for a ladies work box. These shuttles are notorious for not having much room for thread. Some say this was because they didn't actual know the purpose of the shuttle but rather focused on the intricate carving.


TattingChic said...

Where EVER did you get those lovely knotting shuttles! How on earth did you have the good fortune of grabbing on to those!? They are absolutely gorgeous! OH! Bestill my heart!!!
Thank you for sharing! :)

Jane S. said...

What a wonderful collection! You've displayed them so nicely, too. It is obvious from reading your comments about the shuttles that you love them. They've got a good home. :)