Southern Appalachian Digital Collections

  • Appalachian dance (1)
  • Appalachian music (1)
  • Canning and preserving (1)
  • Dance -- Appalachian Region (1)
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- Southern States (1)
  • Gender nonconformity (4)
  • Lumber trade (4)
  • Mines and mineral resources (6)
  • Paper industry (14)
  • African Americans (0)
  • Agriculture -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Maps (0)
  • Appalachian Trail (0)
  • Architecture (0)
  • Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Arts and crafts movement -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Basket making -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Cherokee art -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Cherokee artists -- North Carolina (0)
  • Cherokee language (0)
  • Cherokee pottery -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Cherokee women -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Church buildings (0)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) (0)
  • College student newspapers and periodicals -- North Carolina -- Cullowhee (0)
  • Education -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • Floods -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Forced removal, 1813-1903 (0)
  • Forest conservation (0)
  • Forests and forestry (0)
  • Gay community -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (N.C. and Tenn.) (0)
  • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Historic buildings -- North Carolina (0)
  • Hunting (0)
  • Landscape photography (0)
  • Logging (0)
  • North Carolina -- Maps (0)
  • Oral history (0)
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  • Railroad trains (0)
  • Rural electrification -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • School integration -- Southern States (0)
  • Segregation -- Southern States (0)
  • Slavery (0)
  • Sports (0)
  • Storytelling (0)
  • Tennessee -- Maps (0)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (0)
  • Tourism -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Waterfalls -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Weaving -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Wood-carving -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • World War, 1939-1945 (0)

Fiber tools: rag and stick shuttles

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  • A shuttle carries the weft fiber for a weaver. The warp is strung on to a loom from the back to where the weaver sits in front. A weaver needs at least one shuttle, and may use several, for different colors or for different threads. The two shuttles in the center are stick shuttles, named for their simplicity. A single piece of flattened wood is notched to hold the weft material. In this case the material is "loopers" which were cotton knitted scraps sold cheaply by sock manufacturers. They were often dyed and used by mountain people to make rugs. At top and bottom are open rag shuttles. The top shuttle is wound with loopers. The bottom is a rag shuttle without the dowels connecting the two sides. These shuttles likely date to between 1890 and 1940; their creator is unknown.