wooden shuttles

Wooden Shuttles from Russia

BEANILE shuttles

Very slim
BEANILE shuttles

Large wooden
shuttles (new)

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 Arkadyev and he made
a few pairs of wooden shuttles per 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.

In 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 Vasilyeva makes a variety of wooden shuttles.
BEANILE Shuttles are now a part of her large inventory
that includes wooden shuttles of different size,
embelished with pictures or carvings,
and custom made from exotic wood.

You can see her Etsy shop here.

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