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Other Handiwork Tools

Small Pocket Horn Lucet
 This small handmade pocket lucet made of natural cowhorn with come in variations of brown. The variation in the color is just the natural coloring differences in the bovine horn. Simply beautiful, this small pocket size lucet is great for making your own lacing or cord for drawstrings. Comes with instructions (8 step by step instructions in color) in a millcloth drawstring bag. The technique consists of wrapping the string or thread around the prongs, then lifting one thread over the another, then turning the tool and repeating the steps.


Small Black Horn Pocket Lucet
Made from cow horn, each lucet is individual and varies in color, measure approximately 4.0 inches long and the 2.0 inches at the top of the prongs.
$16.00 each
Large Wood Threadwinders for Yarn or Embroidery Floss

Large Threadwinders
These larger threadwinders are great for keeping the ends of yarn, embroidery floss, cordage from the lucets, or large amounts of thread neat and tidy. Both the wood and horn measure 2x2 inches.
$2.50 each -- Wood (left)
$5.50 each -- Horn (right)

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Large Horn Threadwinder for Yarns and Silk Floss

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Knotting, Netting, & Tatting Shuttles   



Bone Knotting or Netting Shuttles

Knotting/Netting shuttles are used to make knots in thread to be used in embroidery, lightweight cord for decoration, trims for linens, or even fishing nets. Knotting was done in the 17th and 18th centuries whereas a slightly similar process, tatting, was more common in the 19th century. These four inch bone shuttles have a center hole to secure your thread and are pleasingly smooth in your hand. Choose from either the plain style or the fish style. Other styles of Netting Shuttles will be available in the Spring (2010).

$9.00 each

Shell, Horn, & Bone Small Tatting Shuttles


These small fine and beautiful tatting shuttles are available in 3 sizes for bone & horn (1.65 inches, 2 inches, and 2.5 inches long) and two sizes for the shell shuttles (1.65 inches and just over 2 inches).
 $7.00 each

Email me for more information, to order, or if you have any questions

Tatting, Knotting, and Netting dates to the mid 18th century. Tatting/Knotting/Netting with a shuttle is the earliest method of creating tatted lace and nets. Some believe that tatting may have developed from netting, then into decorative ropework as sailors and fishers would put together motifs for girlfriends and wives at home. Decorative ropework employed on ships includes techniques (esp. coxcombing) that show striking similarity with tatting. A good description of this can be found in "Knots, Splices and Fancywork" by Spencer and Spencer.

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