Category Archives: Spindles and Wheels

All about spinning with spindles and wheels.

Hand Spindles

roman drop spindle

Spindle Spinspirations
Kat Walton is an accomplished spindle spinner. Her work shows what can be done with a Turkish spindle.

Turkish Spindle – Product Review
A Turkish spindle is an ingenious invention that allows you to create a centre-pull ball while you spin.

Verulamium
A visit to Verulamium to see ancient Roman spindles, artifacts and other archaeological textile finds.

Hatchtown
At Hatchtown, they spend a lot of time thinking about spindles. They come in all sizes and styles: low whorl, high whorls, supported, Turkish.

Lollipop Spindles
Lollipops are highly decorated, handpainted top-whorl spindles, and threading/sley hooks. And you can see how the lollipops are made.

Woolly Designs
5000 years ago, yarn for clothing was spun on hand spindles.This firm makes a variety of spindles.

Drop Spindles

How to Spin Using a Drop Spindle – You Tube

Spindle Spinning Books

Productive Spindling
A look at top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle methods to boost your techniques for efficiency and make productivity fun
UK: Productive Spindling

Spinning in the Old Way
A guide to readers in the fast-track, low-cost, high-quality approach to spinning. No spinning wheel required.
UK: Spinning in the Old Way

Learn to Spin Drop Spindle Kit – Dyed
A drop spindle and spinning fiber, everything you need to get started with handspinning.

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Handspinning Tools: spintools

Comfort Combs
These wool combs, made by Don Contraman in Montana have a more comfortable handle.

Earth Guild
Located in Asheville, NC. They carry mini-combs, wool and cotton cards, drum carders, and drop spindles.

Ewesful Creations
Jude Pilote makes a tensioned lazy kate.

Louet
Louet has both Dutch combs, that clamp to the table, and Mini-combs in single or double row as well as hand and drum carders.

Running Moon Farm
Hand crafted tools are made from whatever wood is dry in the shed, niddy-noddys, orifice hooks, nostepinde, shuttles, and tapestry beaters.

Shady Haven
Shady Haven is a dealer for the Roberta Electric Spinner.

Waterproof Yarn Blocker
A waterproof plastic yarn blocker lets you wind dry yarn onto the blocker and then wet it. Much nicer.

Verulamium
A visit to Verulamium to see ancient Roman spindles, artifacts and other archaeological textile finds.

Used Equipment
Thinking of buying recycled wheels or looms? Here are some places that offer used equipment.

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-7-2019 17:09:43 PDT
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Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-3-2019 18:56:25 PDT
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Spinning Wheel Images: wheelpictures

Junk Store Treasures
A photo gallery owf antique spinning wheels and tools.


Toika
Click on the History link at the Toika website to see some of their older looms, wheels and production facilities.

Nordic Museum
The Nordic Museum has examples of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic costumes, spinning wheels, flax beaters, birch bark shoes, Saami weaving, Swedish mangle boards.

Vilppula Museum
An antique spinning wheel on display at Vilppula Museum in Finland.

Vesilahde Museum
Lots of pictures of antique spinning wheels, looms, sewing machines and other equipment: paddles, reeds, shuttles, skein winders, hand cards, temples.

More about Handspinning

Spinning Wheels
Handspinning Info

Handspinning Books

Spin Control
Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results.
UK: Spin Control

Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution)
Experimental, handspun yarns, and includes recipes for handspun yarns, project ideas for knitters and crocheters, tips on how to use one-of-a-kind handspun yarns
UK: Intertwined

..more Handspinning books

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-7-2019 17:09:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.95
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Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-3-2019 18:56:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
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Spindle spinspirations: aa052401

I had the pleasure of visiting with one of our Chat and Forum members. Kat Walton is an accomplished spindle spinner and here are some projects that she has spun and knit. These have all been handspun, on a Turkish drop spindle. Proof that you don’t need expensive equipment to make fabulous things. Kat also demonstrated how she spins on her drop spindle.
handspun shawl
This shawl was spun using a drop spindle, and dyed with natural dyes.


This pillow cover is a blend of wool and llama, spun using a drop spindle, and dyed with natural dyes.

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This knitted hat is made of spindle spun yarn


This knitted vest has been spindle spun from dog hair. It is delightfully soft and warm, similar in texture to angora rabbit wool. The color shading is natural.

Rigid Heddle Looms

Spindle Spinning

Verulamium drop spindles
Hand Spindles
Handspinning Tools
Charkha Spinning

Handspinning Books: Wool Spinning

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer)
This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more.
UK: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame.
UK: Whole Craft of Spinning

In Sheep’s Clothing
A comprehensive look at the characteristics of wool of 100 breeds of sheep, this guide gives special attention to fleece characteristics, methods of preparation and spinning, and best end use.
UK: In Sheep’s Clothing

The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber
The vast world of sheep and their wool into the language and context of knitting.
UK: Knitters Book of Wool

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ANTIQUE Reed Company Little Dandy Loom -  Weaving Rug Loom

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Electric bobbin winder, weaving loom

$148.00
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KINGFISHER II TAPESTRY LOOM

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Hand spinning – Crimp Twist and Wheel Ratios: aa043001

The formula of crimp, twist and wheel ratios for spinning perfect yarns

How do you figure out how much twist to add to your yarn? One way, is to look at the fleece and spin with the crimp, rather than fighting against it. If your end product is to be a thick, low twist yarn, then start with a fleece that has a lower crimp count, such as a Romney or a Coopworth. If you wish to spin a fine, high twist yarn, then use a fleece that has these characteristics, such as a Merino or a Cheviot. A lot of times I spin without paying particular attention to the crimp or the twist, but just spin for the pleasure of spinning and what feels right at the moment. But when I look at the yarn afterwards, I find that I have been spinning with the crimp for the most part. The fleece does know how it wants to be spun, naturally. Here is a more technical explanation of what happens, as I understand it. Of course, I welcome additional comments from more experienced spinners than I. So please, post your suggestions, and experiences to our Facebook Page.

Spinning with the Crimp

fleece and crimp
 
Lay the locks of the fleece you have selected against a ruler and count the number of crimps or bumps in the fleece. To spin with the crimp, the finished yarn will have the same number of twists as the original fleece has in crimp count.

If the fleece has 5 crimps per inch, then your finished, plied yarn should also have 5 twists per inch. If the fleece has 12 crimps per inch, the finished yarn is best spun to 12 tpi as well.

Formula of Twist and Ply

There may be another name for this, but I will call this the Formula of Twist and Ply.

If you are starting with a Romney fleece that has 5 crimps per inch, and you wish to spin with the crimp, the plied yarn should turn out to be 5 tpi. How do you achieve this? To spin a 2 ply yarn, the singles spun yarn should be spun at 1.5 times what the finished yarn should be. When you ply the 2 singles yarns, in the opposite direction, 1/2 of the twist that you added into both of the singles, goes into the twist to create the balanced yarn. Use this table as a guide of how to spin your fleece. But of course, you can alter the amount of spin of your yarn, depending on its intended use. For example, if you are spinning for socks, you might want to add additional twist to the yarn for increased strength.

Crimp Count
per Inch
Singles
TPI
PlyTPI
Formula A A * 1.5 A
Borderdale 5 7.5 5
Cheviot 5 7.5 5
Coopworth 4 6 4
Corriedale 5 7.5 5
Lincoln 2 3 2
Merino 11 16.5 11
Perendale 5 7.5 5
Polwarth 8 12 8
Romney 4 6 4
Border Leicester 2.5 3.75 2.5

This table is an approximation of the crimp in different breeds of fleece.
There is some variation so please do try to figure out the correct crimp for your fleece.

More about Handspinning

Beginning to Spin
Semi-Worsted Spinning
How Your Spinning Wheel Spins
How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
Woolen and Worsted Spinning

Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips, this inspiring collection of spinning wisdom deftly explores the three fundamental areas of yarn production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner’s needs.
UK: Intentional Spinner

Spin Control
Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results.
UK: Spin Control

Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution)
Experimental, handspun yarns, and includes recipes for handspun yarns, project ideas for knitters and crocheters, tips on how to use one-of-a-kind handspun yarns
UK: Intertwined
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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-7-2019 17:09:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.95
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Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-3-2019 18:56:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
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Spinning Wheels: allwheels

Charkha
Information about charkha spinning.

Hand Spindles
You don’t need a lot of equipment to make handspun yarn. Here are some how-to lessons, suppliers and makers spindles, drop, supported, Turkish.

Handspinning Tools
Hand carders, drum carders, niddy noddys, wool combs, blockers, flickers, lazy kates, distaffs and other spinners tools.

Junk Store Treasures
A photo gallery of antique spinning wheels and tools.

Spinning Clip Art
A collection of spinning clip art, wallpaper and screensavers.

Spinning Wheels
Suppliers and makers of spinning wheels and equipment from Australia to Holland.

Spinning Wheel Info
Advice about how to care for your wheel.

Turkish Spindles
A product review of Turkish Spindles.

Used Equipment
Looking for a used spinning wheel? You can find them here.

Spinning Wheel Plans

Handspinning Books

The Intentional Spinner
Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips, this inspiring collection of spinning wisdom deftly explores the three fundamental areas of yarn production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner’s needs.
UK: Intentional Spinner

Spin Control
Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results.
UK: Spin Control

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame.
UK: Whole Craft of Spinning

..more Handspinning books..

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-7-2019 17:09:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-3-2019 18:56:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

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Spinning Wheels – Upright wheels: aa042600d

Upright Spinning Wheels

upright spinning wheel

Sandra found this wheel at an auction,
but since it didn’t have a bobbin,
it didn’t come home with her.

Handspinning Books

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame.
UK: Whole Craft of Spinning

In Sheep’s Clothing
A comprehensive look at the characteristics of wool of 100 breeds of sheep, this guide gives special attention to fleece characteristics, methods of preparation and spinning, and best end use.
UK: In Sheep’s Clothing

The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber
The vast world of sheep and their wool into the language and context of knitting.
UK: Knitters Book of Wool

Spin Control
Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results.
UK: Spin Control

..more Handspinning books

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Weaving tools: aa042600c

Weaving and Spinning Tools

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An antique weaving shuttle found at Neat Stuf in Thrums, BC

This Leclerc skein and bobbin winder has found its way into my collection of weaving tools.
We discovered it at a second-hand shop in Greenwood, BC.

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Skein winder

Handspinning Books

Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution)
Experimental, handspun yarns, and includes recipes for handspun yarns, project ideas for knitters and crocheters, tips on how to use one-of-a-kind handspun yarns
UK: Intertwined

Spindle Spinning

Productive Spindling
A look at top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle methods to boost your techniques for efficiency and make productivity fun
UK: Productive Spindling

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer)
This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more.
UK: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning

..more Handspinning books

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