Bone Knotting Shuttle


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Knotting was a form of handwork especially popular in the 18th century and was used to make a  variety of trims used in clothing and as embellishment in needlework. Simple strings of knots or elaborate fringes could all be manufactured using a knotting shuttle. Extant shuttles during this time period typically measure 4 to 6 inches in length.  

  • Our shuttle is made of bone and measures approximately 4 5/8 inches in length by 1 inch in width by 1/2 inch tall.  
  • It is large enough to handle various sized yarns such as were used in the period as well as feel comfortable in the hand.  
  • You can see a collection of portraits and extant shuttles here Shuttles

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