Friday, November 23, 2012

The New Aerlite Tatting Shuttle

The original Aero shuttle was made in England.  Unfortunately, in 1979, there was a fire and the factory was destroyed including the mold for the shuttle.  Other brands attempted to recreate the Aero shuttle design but they were not like the original. The closest to the original was the Aero which was made in Germany.

I have one of the Aero shuttles that has "Made in Germany" on it but the end of the shuttle that holds the bobbin for winding is a tad too long, doesn't really fit the bobbin, and it pokes my hand while I'm tatting.  Although I like the idea of removable bobbins, I don't really like the German Aero shuttle. 

Barbara Foster of Handy Hands worked with tatters who still had the original Aero shuttle and has reproduced it.

Today I went to Hobby Lobby and they had one of the new Aerlite shuttles. I was very hesitant about getting it since it was in the same style as the German Aero I have.  After a few minutes of debating, I decided to get one and give it a try.  I am so glad I did.  It is wonderful.  The bobbin end is shorter than the German Aero and does not hit my hand. The only other shuttle I like as much is the Clover shuttle.


Jane Eborall said...

Ah, the original Aeros with England on were made in the factory about twenty/thirty miles from me. I 'grew up' with them after the original Milwards (the black dimpled post ones). I love the Aerlit ones too and they've pushed my Aeros onto the back burner now!!! Good luck - many happy tat days ahead for you with your new shuttle which I hope will happily become more!!!!

pluto1415 said...

Have you tried "neutering" the shuttles? I love the Aero style shuttles, but I've cut the bobbin winder part off and sanded it so it's like it was never there. Search somewhere like InTatters - you're sure to find examples.

Laurie said...

Jane - Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

Pluto1415 - I saw that comment many times on InTatters. I thought about it but decided against it.

Jane Eborall said...

Poor little shuttles - being cut and deformed!!!! I think, seriously, that you get used to different shuttles quite quickly.