Fly Shuttle springs
A couple of years ago I found this article about attaching springs to the cords of the fly shuttle cord. I think it was also discussed on the Yahoo list WeaveTech. The springs act as a sort of shock absorber softening off the hard snap at the end of pulling the fly shuttle across. Most of my warps were for scarves which were narrow and I had never taken the time to add springs because I hardly ever used it. (I could have offsett the warp in one direction to make use of the fly shuttle, but just didn’t) Now it has become somewhat painful to use regular shuttles for any length of time. My hands, wrists and elbows aren’t liking weaving as much as I do. So I have begun to use the fly shuttle and have added some springs. The local hardware store only had one spring in stock of the size I was looking for so I compromised and bought shorter ones. I was impatient to give this a try once I decided to. Because this was a test I didn’t want to cut the cord so looped it through one end of the spring and taped it. The other end is slipped over the cord. These are about 1/2 as long as recommended by Katherine Regier.
I think the test is working and properly installed will be even better. I can weave using the fly shuttle for longer periods of time and it has far less impact on my hands than weaving with a hand shuttle.
What do you do to help your body weave longer with less physical stress?