A few days ago, I was delighted to find this wonderful gift in the post. My friend Agathi the weaver, from Corfu, sent me this beautiful spindle. It is like the one that her mother used to spin fine yarns on. Agathis asked her son Mario to make it for me.
This is such a simple design, yet very functional and effective. I haven’t spun on this type of spindle before, so did a bit of how-to research. read more
In order to give this new wheel a true test of what it can do, I then went to London’s local weaving centre – located in North London – Handweavers Studio and Gallery where they have a sumptious selection of handspinning fibres.There I discovered milk protein fibre top. I had heard of it but had never had the opportunity to test it out. What fun!Innovative fibres such as milk casein and soya fibre were developed during the early 40’s as a substitute for wool, which was needed by the men on the front line. These virtually faded from existence as other synthetic yarns such as nylon were developed. Some of these fibres are now making a comeback as there is more emphasis on environmentally safe products and eco-friendly textiles.Milk casein fibre is made by separating the oils and fats from the protein. The curd is rinsed, dried and dissolved to form a ‘dope’ that is pushed through spinnerets into an acid bath that forms the fibre. The fibre goes through further salt and formaldehyde processing to soften and improve the quality.Because milk casein is a protein fiber it can be dyed with CIBA acid dyes.I did find the milk fibre very soft and silky to spin.read more
My Beautiful & Gently Used Schacht LadyBug Spinning Wheel w/attached lazy kate
I have a beautiful Schacht LadyBug Spinning wheel with the attached tensioned lazy kate.
Unfortunately, due to my own disability, I can no longer treadle with my left foot.
I would like to sell this beautiful Spinning Wheel so that I can purchase a reasonably priced electric spinning wheel, which will only need one foot to stop and start it-much like a sewing machine. This spinning wheel is now sold
My digital camera is acting up, and in the repair shop, so I will download stock pictures of my wheel and please know that it doesn’t have a mark on it, I will send all the original paper work and items that came with it.read more