Materials & Techniques

Boat Shuttle

A type of shuttle used in treadle-loom weaving, in which the weft is wound on a spool or bobbin, which is set into a smooth wooden frame such that it can rotate freely. The yarn passes through a hole in the shuttle. As the shuttle skims across the warp, the weft yarn unwinds automatically.

Excerpt from

Ann Rowe, “Glossary,” in Weaving and Dyeing in Highland Ecuador, edited by Ann Rowe, Laura Miller and Lynn Meisch (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007): 289-295.