Wooden Shuttles
Handmade in St.Petersburg, Russia

Large wooden shuttles (new)

L=7.5 - 8cm; W=2.2cm; H=2cm

New BEANILE shuttles,
very slim

L=8cm; W=1.5cm; H=0.75cm

Traditional BEANILE shuttles

L=8cm; W=1.5cm; H=1.3cm

In Russia tatting was re-discovered in mid 1980s in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad).
To learn and actually start tatting we first of all needed shuttles and none were available.
I've made my first shuttle out of a narrow plastic ruler,
others used pieces of card board (not pretty and awkward to use),
so we started looking for people who could manufacture tatting shuttles for us.

That was when I met a wood worker Igor Arkadiev and he made
a few pairs of wooden shuttles by my specifications:
they were small (for my small hands with short fingers),
and they could hold a few meters of thread with a lot of beads.

1992 I left for New York but we kept in touch and Igor kept making shuttles
known by that time as BEANILE Shuttles.

Igor is now retired and his grand daughter Veronica
makes beautiful wooden shuttles of different size,
embelished with pictures, carvings, or inlays.
You can see her shop on Etsy.

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