Category Archives: Spindles and Wheels

All about spinning with spindles and wheels.

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Walking Wheels

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This walking wheel or great wheel is originally from Grand Forks, BC.
This wheel is sitting up on a shelf at
Neat Stuf
in Thrums, BC

A walking wheel

Another walking wheel found in a small shop in Oregon.

Walking wheel

Walking Wheel – Great Wheel – You Tube

Handspinning Books

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

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

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
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Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
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Antique Spinning Wheels: aa042600

Junk Store Treasures
A favourite past-time of mine when I travel is to visit second-hand shops. Hidden away in a dusty
corner, I sometimes find antique spinning wheels, looms and other textile
treasures. I can’t take them all home with me, so the next best thing is
to take photos. Here are a few.

If you have some photos
to add to this collection, please let me know. You may send in your pics by using our Contact Form.

Saxony Style Spinning Wheels

Quebec Wheel

Double-Band

I found this lovely wheel at Neat Stuf

in Thrums, BC
(I couldn’t resist – it spins beautifully,

so I brought this one home.)

J. Cook Spinning Wheel

Another wheel found at Neat Stuf

made by J. Cook

 

Handspinning Books

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

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

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Scotch Tension

Spinning wheels also have some sort of brake or tension mechanism for controlling the speed at which the yarn is drawn onto the bobbin. If you are a beginner spinner, and your wheel seems to be eating up your roving, before you have had a chance to draft it properly, you will want to slow your wheel down a bit. Most wheels only require very small adjustments to the brake.

Tighten the Brake

Move the Drive band back to the largest setting on the whorl. Treadle slowly and spin a few yards onto the bobbin.
Turn the scotch tension or brake on your wheel 1/4 turn to the right (or in the direction that tightens the brake of your wheel).

Treadle again and spin a few yards. Do you notice that the yarn is being drawn onto the bobbin more quickly?

Tighten the tension again another 1/4 turn and treadle.

Repeat the above step, tightening the tension 1/4 turn each time, until the wheel is drawing the yarn too quickly for you to handle.

Loosen the Brake

Turn the brake 1/4 turn to the left, loosening the tension slightly. Again, treadle and spin a few yards. Repeat the above steps, loosening the tension 1/4 turn each time, until the bobbin is no longer drawing the yarn in.

You should now be able to adjust the tension of the brake to a comfortable spinning speed for you. As the bobbin fills, slight adjustments to the brake will be necessary to keep the wheel spinning at the correct speed.

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Handspinning Books: Spinning Exotic Yarns

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

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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Handspinning Twist and Tension
Learning to spin a fine yarn, with just the right amount of twist for the particular
fibre, is a delicate balance between drafting the correct amount of fibre, treadling your foot at the appropriate speed, and adjust the tension on your wheel.

To understand how your spinning wheel controls twist and tension, perform the following tests using 2 plied yarns.
I used 2 cotton yarns, in contrasting colours and tied the ends to the leader yarn that was threaded through the orifice of the wheel. For each experiment, I spun the wheel in the same direction, to the right(clockwise). I treadled slowly, trying to maintain an even treadling speed.

Spindle Whorl – Largest Groove

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Spinning wheels generally have 2 or 3 different sized grooves on the spindle whorl. Start with the drive band on the largest groove. Holding the 2 yarns in your right hand, ply them together to the right. Maintain an slow even treadling and allow the spinning wheel to draw the yarns onto the bobbin. Notice that while spinning, the yarns are being drawn from your hand, through the orifice, and onto the bobbin. At the same time, they are being twisted together. After spinning a few yards, hold the yarns together with your thumb and forefinger (so they don’t untwist) and make note of the number of twists per inch in the plied yarn.

Spindle Whorl – Middle Groove

Slip the Drive band onto the middle groove of the spindle whorl. Begin to treadle again, at the same speed as previously. Note that the yarns are being twisted together more tightly, although the speed of the draw onto the bobbin remains the same. After spinning for a few yards, again pinch the yarns together between your thumb and index finger, and make note of the twists per inch of the plied yarn.

Spindle Whorl – Smallest Groove

Slip the Drive band onto the smallest groove of the spindle whorl. Repeat the step above, maintaining an even, slow treadling speed. Notice that the amount of twist has increased. Again, spin a few yards, and note the number of twists per inch of the plied yarn.

Hand Spinning

Spinning Wheels
About Handspinning
Hand spinning Tools and Equipment
Spinning Wheels
Spinning Tools

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.

Handspinning Books: Spinning Exotic Yarns

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

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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Charkha Spinning: charkha

Charkha Mailing List
A special mailing list for those interested in Charka spinning, run by listmom Teri Pittman.

Darjeeling Woman
A photo of a Darjeeling woman spinning on a charkha.

Epigrams – Charkha
I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. Epigrams and quotations from Mahatma Gandhi.

Literally, it means “spinning wheel”. It was the only machine Gandhi liked; everybody could use it, it was inexpensive, and it did not turn the user into its slave.

Gandhi lived his life as an example for the world to follow. The charkha was his tool

“But why spin every day? Is it not enough if we spin now and then for the cloth we need? But then, this would only be a worldly or secular activity. Spinning daily is spiritual; it indicates an inner desire to do what we can for our country. The thread we spin binds us day by day…”

Setting Up a Charkha
How to put a book style charkha together.

Handspinning Information

Drop Spindles and Spinning Wheels

Handspinning Books: 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

Spinning in the Old Way
UK: Spinning in the Old Way

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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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Used Equipment

Used Looms, Spinning Wheels, Carders and Weaving Tools

Countermarche Loom
Countermarche Loom

Here are some places to find used looms, spinning wheels, skein winders and other weaving and handspinning tools.
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Apple Hollow Farm
Apple Hollow has an interesting collection of antique wheels and looms.

Fiber Equipment and Barter Page
A good barter/swap/trade site if you are looking for used looms, wheels or yarns.

Fiber Art
A site for on-line auctions and classified listings of fiber art related items.

Homestead Weaving Studio
Homestead Weaving Studio has a nice selection of gently used looms, carders and other supplies for the weaver or spinner.

Interweave Books
Learning to Weave
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Rigid Heddle Loom – Weavers Idea Book
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Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps
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Inkle Pattern Directory
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Opalessence – Used Weaving/Spinning Equipment
Opalessence has a good selection of used looms and spinning wheels.

Spinners’ and Weavers’ Housecleaning Pages
A page devoted to the resale of gently used spinning, weaving and handknitting equipment, yarns and fibres.

The Loom Exchange
Some wonderful finds for used looms and equipment in the UK.

Weavers Friend
Janet Meany has an excellent resource library of manuals for historic looms.

Weavers Guild of Boston
The Weavers Guild of Boston lists used looms and other equipment in their classifieds section.

Weaving Information

Handweaving Books: Beginner Weaving
Weaving for Beginners: An Illustrated Guide (Peggy Osterkamp’s New Guide to Weaving Series)
Provides beginners with the information they need to weave in a clear and enjoyable step-by-step way.
UK: Weaving for Beginners

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
Introduction to the tools, equipment, fibers, and yarns used with four-shaft looms, this reference features patterns for 600 different weaves, including twill, zigzag, diamond, herringbone, and block
UK: Handweavers Pattern Directory

A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
A thousand different patterns on more than 25 weave structures.
UK: 8 Shaft Patterns

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

$215.00
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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
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

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