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Submitted by amyamy1978 on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 14:31
I am hoping to build my own fly shuttle beater. Has anyone done that? Any thoughts? Might there be planss out there some where?
I haven't seen any plans per se, but here's an interesting quick video. You can see the attachment point and the 'method' used to drive the shuttles. Ingenious!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPYmxIv3oFo
Yes I have, but I want to fine tune a couple things.
Ed Worst's book "Foot Powered Loom Weaving" @ archive.org has plans for a fly shuttle.
Here is a video of me testing mine on a warp. It is heavy wool and the weaving is not quite as fluid because of the heavy wool used. I have since decided not to use a stop strap, the forces just break them no matter if leather or nylon. But instead use just a bumper as most do these days. It will be a while before I get back to my design as I am in transition here between selling a house and building a new place and new shop.
Andreas moller uses a flying shuttle in his flying 8 plans. I have been to a weaving course in Rothen Germany and liked using his loom. He uses cardboard for the boxes and pushers. Ease of construction and quietness are the advantages of cardboard. He also includes plans for the shuttle itself.
Check with Andreas Moller. You can purchase the plans from him. Google his name and Flying 8.
He must be using light weight hand shuttles in his fly shuttle set up and not very wide weaving. A regular flyshuttle would destroy cardboard in short order. :)
He is using very light shuttles that he also produces. I test drove the loom in Sept. when we visited the Swedish weaving days. It works remarkably well. The fabric was at least 90cm wide. The fabric was fairly light. I don't think that his arrangement would be sturdy enough for, say, a rug. He also has a clever modified fly shuttle that uses two shuttles on two parallel warps and weaves two scarves at once, each with two selvedges.
His background with the German Development Service put him into the mode of developing quality weaving tools that are easy to build and not terribly expensive.
Yep narrow then (for me), I can weave sitting 45" with no fly shuttle. Although, with a fly shuttle your weft angle is more consistant and shuttle passes a bit speedier for sure. There are advantages. :) I could see using Leclerc's hand held end feed shuttles. I can whip them by hand across 56" width while standing to weave, so they should work well in a light weight system. For now, I will finish up my current fly shuttle mechanism once I am in my new shop next winter. Just a couple of tweeks to the boxes, to make them better. :)
Andreas plans show an "inner loom measurement" of 90 to 190 cm.
Looking at his website I see a very wide loom with the cloth almost the full width of the loom.
The back side of the shuttle box is a cardboard extension of the reed and the front side is tape re-enforced cardboard taped into place. The pushers are tape re-enforced cardboard boxes.The throw of the shuttle depends on reed length.
This setup sounds flimsy but I could see no deterioration after 4 days weaving, it takes maybe 10 minutes to replace the cardboard if required.
Andreas claims that his system of weaviing allows third world weavers to produce a lot of good quality cloth on a loom with good ergonomics.
When Andreas works one of his looms he sometimes uses his beater as a metronome as he sings. In the hands of a good weaver it is very fast.
My undrstanding is that his loom is designed originally to weave yardage, and is adaptable for building in an area without extensive technology. The videos that I have seen show a loom easily capable of weaving 60".
Andreas set up this loom with the narrower width, as he was demonstrating at the weaving conference and he brought the loom from Germany to Sweden in his car.
I found this picture that I took in Rothen Germany while I was taking Andreas's weaving course.
You can see on the end of the beater how he inclines the shuttle race towards the reed. His shuttles run on two rollers that track a large circle towards the reed.