Category Archives: Spindles and Wheels

All about spinning with spindles and wheels.

Corfu Spindle

Corfu spindle
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.

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Traditional Hand Weaving


A fascinating video of how to spin on a Greek or Russian style spindle. Rather than the method we are familiar with, of supporting the spindle on your lap or in a bowl, she holds the spindle off to the side of her lap as she spins.
(Start the video at about 2 minutes)
She holds the spindle at the top and twirls it in her fingers. The twist travels up the yarn to where she pinches the fibre that has been drafted. As the spin in the yarn builds up, she then winds the spun wool onto the spindle.
The video continues on to show a warping method of winding the warp onto pegs in the lawn.

I think it will take me a bit of practice before I can spin using this method, but am finding that supporting the spindle in a small bowl on my lap is quite easy to do. I think it would be lovely to also own a small bowl made of olive wood, to support the spindle. I must buy one when I next visit Corfu.

I started the spinning by attaching a leader thread of already pre-spun wool yarn to the base of the spindle. My spinning was quite thick, lumpy, bumpy at first, but with a bit of practice, it is getting better.

Corfu Supported Spindle

If you would like to own one of these spindles too – I am sure that her son Mario would be happy to make one for you.
Agathi doesn’t have a website, but you can contact her by snail mail or by phone.

Agathis Handmade Lace and Handcrafted Olivewood
Kassiopi
Corfu, Greece
49081
phone: 26630 81315
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Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

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Antique Vintage Nilus Leclerc Loom Tension Box Warp Weaving Wood

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Used Nilus LeClerc Table Loom Model MEDICO # S-22-4-73-00

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Kromski Polonaise Spinning Wheel: aa072310

I bought a new spinning wheel recently-

A Kromski Polonaise from Wingham Woolwork.
This is a Ferrari of spinning wheels.

Kromski polonaise wheel

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.

milk casein
 
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This spun up very quickly. I used the smallest whorl on my Kromski Polonaise wheel, using the 20:1 ratio. When using the smaller whorl on the Kromski wheel, don’t forget to turn the bobbin around so that you are using the smaller end of the bobbin

kromski

The Kromski Polonaise also has two adjustment screws on either side of the wheel. These can be turned to adjust the alignment of the wheel to the bobbin whorl. This needs to be adjusted whenever you change the whorl size.

spinning milk casein

I am going to leave this yarn as a single spun because I think it would be quite nice to use it as weft in a future silk scarf project.
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Handspinning

Spinning Wheel Pictures
How Your Spinning Wheel Spins
Angora Rabbits

Learn to Spin Workshops

Learn to Spin The workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
Learn to Use a Drum Carder How to use a drum carder to create new colours and Yarns.
Plied and Cabled Yarns How to spin plied and cabled yarns.
Simply Sumptuous Spinning A surprise selection of different fibres to spin.

Hand Spinning Books

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer)
The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn: Techniques, Projects, and Recipes
Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn

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Ashford Spinning Wheel Traditional. VINTAGE! Single Treadle. Works Good, NICE!

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ANTIQUE UNIQUE WORKING SPINNING WHEEL SIGNED

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Ashford Kiwi-3 Spinning Wheel - Folding Treadle / Natural Finish - FREE Shipping

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Schacht Wheel for sale

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.

Also with this wheel I will send 8 ounces/1 half pound of fiber.
Either undyed Merino, or a package of the Ashland Bay Multi-Colored Merino Top – Primrose.

Primrose is a lovely light blue with streaks of pink, yellow, white and other colors running through it.

I’ve spun up a pound of this colorway and it makes a beautiful soft and lofty yarn.
I’ve also spun it and then plied it with any of the colors that are in it and it makes a wonderful colored yarn either way.
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I am going to ask $675.00 for this wheel & the shipping is on me, in other words included in that price.
I will be donating some of the proceeds of this sale to the Young Writer’s Project, as that is only fair when we are able to post these free ads.

I think this is a fair price, especially considering that I am willing to cover the shipping costs to anywhere in the Continental United States and Canada.

I can accept payments through PayPal.

I would be willing to accept personal checks, but please understand that I would have to wait until the check clears, which is 14 days at my financial institution, prior to shipping out the wheel and other items.

Feel free to contact me through this site, or through my own email pas3 at verizon dot net

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Andrea Germann-
Please just call me Anne
Reading PA

Schacht spinning wheel
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How to Spin Yarn

The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns
Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer)
Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn

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Ashford Spinning Wheel Traditional. VINTAGE! Single Treadle. Works Good, NICE!

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ANTIQUE UNIQUE WORKING SPINNING WHEEL SIGNED

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Ashford Kiwi-3 Spinning Wheel - Folding Treadle / Natural Finish - FREE Shipping

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Wool spinning: blclipart9

Wool Airing on Line Before Spinning

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Photographer: John Collier
1942


Wool drying
 

Woman Running Spinning Wheel

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1935

Photographer: Ben Shahn

 

Woman spinning

Icelandic Wheel

A lesson in spinning.
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Detroit Publishing Co. 1910

Icelandic spinning wheel

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More Clipart

Page 1: Drop Spindles, buttons

Page 2: Dye vats, Mechanical looms

Page 3: Clipart- Silk Moths

Page 4: Clipart -Yarn balls, cotton bolls

Page 5: Clipart -Tapestry weavers

Page 6: Clipart – WPA posters

Page 7: Clipart – Weaver at a loom

Page 8: Clipart – Weaving room, Distaff Wheel

Page 9: Clipart – Icelandic Spinning Wheel

Page 10: Clipart – Silk Reeling, Cotton Gin

Page 11: Clipart – Flax Retting

Page 12: Clipart – Lowell Mill Girls

Page 13: Clipart – Salish Woman – Emily Carr

Page 14: Clipart – Backstrap Loom

Page 15: Clipart – Spanish Woman Carding Wool

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Spinning Wheels: blclipart8

Mrs. Ole Neste with her Spinning Wheels

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1940

Spinning wheels

Weaving Room at Cotton Mill
Digital ID: fsa 8b37024
1939
Photographer: Lee Russell.

Weaving room

Distaff Spinning Wheel

Distaff wheel

Reference:
Textiles, Westminster Series
A. Barker, Constable & Company, London 1910

American Memory Collections
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Dalecarian Mother

Portrait of A Woman
Maarten van Heemskerck
Maarten van Heemskerck
1529
Rijksmuseum

More Clipart

Page 1: Drop Spindles, buttons

Page 2: Dye vats, Mechanical looms

Page 3: Clipart- Silk Moths

Page 4: Clipart -Yarn balls, cotton bolls

Page 5: Clipart -Tapestry weavers

Page 6: Clipart – WPA posters

Page 7: Clipart – Weaver at a loom

Page 8: Clipart – Weaving room, Distaff Wheel

Page 9: Clipart – Icelandic Spinning Wheel

Page 10: Clipart – Silk Reeling, Cotton Gin

Page 11: Clipart – Flax Retting

Page 12: Clipart – Lowell Mill Girls

Page 13: Clipart – Salish Woman – Emily Carr

Page 14: Clipart – Backstrap Loom

Page 15: Clipart – Spanish Woman Carding Wool

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Verulamium Spindles and Looms: aa062304

Verulamium was a Roman city near St. Albans. Today, the Verulamium museum has an impressive collection of artifacts found in the area, including many spinning and weaving tools.

Excavations at Folly Lane
Sewing needles
Loom Weights
Warp weighted looms

 

Wool combs
roman wool comb

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St. Albans, historical and picturesque. With an account of the Roman city of Verulamium … Illustrated by Frederic G. Kitton.

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Sewing needles
Buttons

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Textiles

Spindle Spinning
Naalbinding
Ethnic Weaving

Verulamium

Verulamium: The Roman City of St Albans
Verulamium
Verulamium Since the Romans

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EBay Spinning Wheels

Spinning Wheels from Canada, UK, Australia, US, Germany, France, Italy.
(filatoio, rouet, Spinnrad, rueca)

Spinning Wheels – FR

ROUE DE ROTATION ANTIQUE UNIQUE ET DETAILE EN BRONZE wdate: 1896

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ROUE DE SPINNING ANTIQUE UNIQUE AVEC DATE: 1896

142,78 EUR
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ROUE DE SPINNING ANTIQUE UNIQUE AVEC DATE: 1899

142,78 EUR
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Spinning Wheels – DE

Sehr gut funktionierendes Spinnrad der neuen Generation, Weihnachtsgeschenk 

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Spinnrad Louet S10 Spinnrad Einfachtritt Spinnrad spinnen

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Spinnrad Handarbeit Neu Voll Funktionstüchtig Mit Spule 🧵 Und Einfachtritt

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Spinning Wheels – IT

RARO E ANTICO ARCOLAIO FILATOIO IN LEGNO IN MINIATURA PER FILARE CON MORSA

EUR 104,99
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50 x Fiore da Treccia per Intrecciare di Allacciare come Legatura Ster

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50 x Stelline per Intrecciare di Allacciare come Fiore da Treccia

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Spinning Wheels – US

Ashford Spinning Wheel Traditional. VINTAGE! Single Treadle. Works Good, NICE!

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Ashford Kiwi-3 Spinning Wheel - Folding Treadle / Natural Finish - FREE Shipping

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Spinning Wheels – AU

Sheridan vintage wool spinning wheel

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ASHFORD SPINNING WHEEL PLUS ACESSORIES AND BOOKS ADELAIDE PICK UP

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spinning wheel with three extra spools, hand made in black bean timber

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Spinning Wheels – UK

Ashford traditional spinning wheel

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Antique Vintage Cottage Spinning Wheel, Heritage Historical Craft

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Ashford Traveller Spinning Wheel, double treadle

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Spinning Wheels – CA

New Electric spinning wheel excellent wooden Handmade Yarn

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ASHFORD TRAVELLER SPINNING WHEEL - IN EXCELLENT WORKING ORDER !

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New Wooden Electric Spinning Wheel Additional Coils Handmade Russia

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Spinning Wheel Info: wheelinfo

How Your Spinning Wheel Spins
How you can control the twist and tension on your wheel.

Ashford Wisdom Pages
From the Ashford-USA site, a collection of tips from Ashford wheel owners.

Build your own Spinning Wheel
Chris Jordan provides sources for people who want to make their own wheel and also has an FAQ page about wheels.

Selecting a Spinning Wheel
The Woolery gives an introduction to types of spinning wheels and what to look for. The site includes a good diagram of the parts of a spinning wheel.

What Finish to put on an Unfinished Ashford Kit?
Ashford owners share tips on how to finish your unfinished wheel.

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Ashford Spinning Wheel Traditional. VINTAGE! Single Treadle. Works Good, NICE!

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