Wooden Shuttles
Handmade in St.Petersburg, Russia


Large wooden shuttles (new)

L=7-7.5cm; W=2.2cm; H=2cm


Slim wooden shuttles
for fine thread

L=8cm; W=1.2cm; H=0.6cm


New generation of
traditional BEANILE shuttles

L=8.4cm; W=1.6cm; 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 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 special wooden shuttles: narrow to fit my small hands
and large enough to hold meters of thread with a lot of beads.

After 1992 when I left for New York we kept in touch and Igor kept
making shuttles for me, by that time they were known as BEANILE Shuttles.

WE still keep in touch but Igor is now retired and
his grand daughter Veronica makes my wooden shuttles.
BEANILE Shuttles are only part of her inventory in Etsy shop.
She makes wooden shuttles of different size, embelished with pictures or carvings,
and uses exotic wood for custom orders.

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