Canopus brocade shuttles are built to a similar size as the ones shown on the Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio website (Italy). On this site, a set of brocade shuttles loaded with different colors is used to build complex tapestries on a Jacquard loom.
The short brocade shuttle is 4″ long x 1″ wide x 3/4″ high The longer shuttle is 5″ long with the other dimensions the same. Common woods used are black walnut burl, bird’s eye maple, tiger maple, and curly white oak. Stainless steel is used for the bobbin rods and yarn-hole fittings. No vendor sells bobbins this small for brocade shuttles, so we also make those with narrow carbon-fiber shafts and hard-maple or black walnut rims. The little carbonfiber bobbins can be wound with a double-ended bobbin winder.
These tiny brocade shuttles appear to be better known in Europe, whereas the little stick or card shuttles are commonly used in the U.S. for brocade weaving. Brocade shuttles are generally used for supplementary pattern wefts. They are also popular with weavers who don’t do brocade, but do miniature weavings using sewing thread where a larger shuttle would be difficult to use. These shuttles are perfect for these projects.
Price for any brocade shuttle: $80 plus shipping. Includes 1 carbon fiber bobbin. Update 12/31/2018: Brocade shuttle stock is now replenished.