THE SCHACHT LOOM BENCH
Our loom bench is a beautiful companion piece to our Wolf and Standard floor looms. The bench seat height is adjustable from 19″ to 24″ and has been designed to offer you a flat or slanted seat position. The bench is free of side posts, which allows you to move around unrestricted. Below the seat is a storage bin for holding your accessories. The loom bench is available in cherry and maple.
Our optional bench bags can be purchased with the bench or added later. The bags are made of durable Cordura cloth and can be mounted on either or both sides of the bench seat. They are available with cherry or maple end bars.
Once you have your loom warped and ready to weave, you need to wind a shuttle with weft yarn. But, what kind of shuttle should you choose? Like choosing any tool, selecting the right shuttle for the job can increase your weaving efficiency, as well as make the task at hand more pleasurable. As a rule of thumb, choose stick shuttles for simple looms, such as our School Loom, Flip and Cricket rigid heddle looms, Tapestry Loom, and Mini Loom. Generally, you want to choose a shuttle that is approximately the width of your weaving. No winding equipment is required.
A boat shuttle loaded with a bobbin increases your efficiency. They are excellent for looms with shuttle races such as table looms and floor looms. We offer a variety of sizes and styles. What you choose will depend on what feels comfortable in your hand and they type of weaving you are doing. For example, if you are weaving a heavy weight fabric, you might want to choose a 15” boat shuttle that will hold more yarn. Or, for instance, if you are weaving a very narrow piece, then you might find a smaller shuttle, such as a 9” mini boat the best choice for
Boat shuttles and end delivery shuttles require a bobbin winder for winding bobbins and pirns.
Choose one of our other specialty shuttles, such as end-delivery, rug and rag. See specific shuttles below for further information.
SCHACHT BOAT SHUTTLES
Our boat shuttles are beautifully shaped and well balanced. They are sanded smooth and then given a hand-rubbed Danish oil finish. Four sizes are available: 9″, 11″, 13″, and 15″. Our smallest boat shuttle, the 9″ mini, is styled after a Japanese silk shuttle. This duck-nosed shuttle is wonderful for narrow widths and fine yarns. Our most popular boat shuttle, the 11″ boat shuttle, is offered in slim and regular models with closed-bottom and open-bottom styles.
Our two largest boat shuttles are 13″ and 15″ long, and can handle fine to medium weight yarns. Because of their extra length and yarn capacity, weavers often choose these shuttles for wider weaving widths.
We also offer slim and regular double-bobbin boat shuttles which are ideal for doubled weft threads. Two separate bobbin shafts make it possible to remove one bobbin at a time. All boat shuttles are available in hard maple and some models are also available in cherry. From time to time we offer special shuttles in a variety of models and woods. Check with your dealer or our website for current offering.
SCHACHT END-DELIVERY SHUTTLE
“The best thing since sliced bread!”
The Schacht End-Delivery Shuttles are the ultimate in shuttles designed especially and precisely for handweavers. They are lightweight, comfortable to throw and catch, adjustable to a variety of yarns, and easy-really easy-to thread. Our end-delivery shuttles are available in 12″ and 15″ sizes.
How the end-delivery shuttle works
The end-delivery shuttle has a pirn which remains stationary, instead of a free-spinning bobbin. The weft yarn unwinds off the pirn’s tip when the shuttle is in motion and stops unwinding when the shuttle stops. The yarn comes off the pirn and goes through a set of tension pads and comes out of the shuttle at a constant tension. This even delivery of weft causes less draw-in, which in turn makes better selvedges.
Resist the temptation to handle the weft yarn at all. Simply adjust the tension with the enclosed Allen wrench to suit the yarn you are using and allow your shuttle to do the work. You’ll love how you can weave making your weaving go more rapidly than ever.
Read more in the End-Delivery Shuttle instructions.
SCHACHT STICK SHUTTLES
The simplest and most versatile of all shuttles. Ours are available in 9″, 10″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24″ and 30″ lengths. We recommend you choose a stick shuttle slightly longer than the width of your warp.
SCHACHT SKI SHUTTLES
Made to hold medium to heavy yarns, the 18″ and 24″ ski shuttles are designed so that the yarn is wrapped horizontally around the top of the ski. This leaves a smooth bottom for sliding smoothly across the warp.
SCHACHT BELT SHUTTLE
Specially designed for use with inkle looms, this shuttle has a bevelled edge for packing in the weft.
SCHACHT RAG SHUTTLE
These broad, sturdy shuttles have been traditionally used for rag weaving, though they are also excellent for heavy rug wools and bulky chenilles. Available in 14″ and 20″ lengths.
SCHACHT RUG SHUTTLE
This beautiful shuttle is carved from a single piece of hard maple. It’s good for medium to heavy yarns. It’s 20″ long and has a low profile.
Our plastic bobbins come in three sizes. The 4″ bobbins fit the 9″ mini, the 11″ shuttles, and both double-bobbin boat shuttles; the 5″ bobbins fit the 13″ shuttles; and the 6″ bobbins fit the 15″ shuttles. The bobbins have specially designed ends for trouble-free release of yarn.
Our pirns come in two sizes: 6″ and 8″. They are made of plastic and are tapered. Choose 6″ lengths for the 12″ end-delivery shuttle and 8″ for our 15″.
Read about using pirns in the End-Delivery Shuttle instructions.