Double the Bobbin Double the Fun?

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Dear Tabby,

I have heard of a double-bobbin boat shuttle, but why would I want to use that instead of just winding 2 threads together on a bobbin?

—Not Sure Nori

Double Bobbin Shuttles
Double Bobbin Shuttles

Dear Not Sure,

You can certainly wind 2 ends together on a bobbin, say if you want to blend colors together or double 2 fine threads for a thicker weft yarn. If you have done this, then you know that even though these ends have been wound together, they never unwind quite right. Often you get a little loop at the selvedge because the yarns are not feeding off the bobbin evenly. Not what you want.

When you use a double-bobbin boat shuttle, you wind each yarn on separate bobbins that unwind separately and feed off more smoothly as single yarns (rather than a doubled yarn). The Schacht Double-Bobbin Boat Shuttle has 2 separate bobbin rods so that each bobbin can be changed out separately. Schacht Double-Bobbin Boat Shuttles come in slim and regular widths and use 4ʺ bobbins.

–Tabby

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.