shuttle backlash

When weaving with a boat shuttle using a non elastic material like hemp, I often get "backlashes" in the spool when I throw the shuttle.  I don't have this problem with cotton or wool.  Would an end feed shuttle be better in this situation, or would I have the same problem?


Posted on Wed, 03/28/2018 - 00:59

The late Russ Groff from Robin and Russ Handweaving in Oregon used to put a piece of folded waxed paper in his shuttles (maybe four thinckness or so) to cure backlash when he was weaving with linen or ramie.

Posted on Wed, 03/28/2018 - 01:04

oops - the folded paper went under the bobbin in the shuttle.  Sorry I didn't make that clear.

Posted on Wed, 03/28/2018 - 04:47

Using paper pirns instead of plastic bobbins also solves overspin, and end feed shuttles have many virtues, one is that since the pirn does not rotate, no overspin.  I only use EFS because they are faster and more consistent.

Posted on Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:01

thanks for the suggestions.  Unfortunately, the boat shuttles I have are open bottom so I don’t think the wax paper trick will work, but I think I have talked myself into getting an and feed shuttle.

Posted on Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:12

Depending on the shuttle and bobbin type, a cardboard pirn placed inside the bobbin may reduce this overspin, making it fit a little closer to the bobbin rod while still allowing movement.

I can do this with my Schacht (white) bobbins, but the Leclerc (beige or grey) are just a tad too small.

2nd option, use an end feed.

Posted on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 02:46

When you wind the quill (or bobbin), let the thread run on a damp cloth.  If this is not enough, wrap the wound quill in the damp cloth for one minute and then resume weaving.  A little moisture will solve the problem.  I don't recommend the plastic bobbins, so you can make a quill out of paper. 


Posted on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 03:43

thanks again for your suggestions. I bought a luster bay end feed shuttle with the honex tensioner - problem solved and I love not having to pay such close attention to my selvedges too.