Build Your Own Spinning Wheel

At long last the plans for the Indian Head spinning wheel are now in store. Crikey, they’ve been a long time in coming! With twenty nine detailed drawings , together with numerous close-up photographs and an informative description of the project, this package contains all you need to know in order to convert an old […]

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Summer Fibre Activities

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If I have nightmares about drowning in an ocean of alpaca and llama fibre, crested with roving  of pure white sheep wool, it wouldn’t surprise me; that’s almost how it has felt every day for the past month.  We have a lot of fibre that needs cleaning and we really want to have it processed […]

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More Tips for Long Draw Spinning

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The weather over the Easter weekend was so lovely, that as I sat at the spinning wheel outside, I decided to capture it on camera as a casual lesson in long draw spinning. Sewing Machine Treadle Mounted Spinning Wheel There was a lot of interest in the long draw spinning article and video we published […]

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Long Draw Spinning – Making a Thick and Thin Art Yarn

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Today I’m spinning a very chunky, thick-and-thin art yarn, using long draw technique. It’s a beautiful sunny winter’s day, so I’ve dragged onto the porch, the old Indian Head spinning wheel. This Indian head spinning wheel is mounted on a cast iron treadle, making it very heavy and not the sort of wheel you want […]

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