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rockinhorse Posted - Jun 20 2005 : 10:00:46 AM
To all those who love to spin. Where would one go to learn the art? I find that such a gift, and my daughter who is 13 is much like me who is very much a farm girl at heart would also like to learn. Your Stories would be a blessing to read.

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JeanP Posted - Nov 24 2020 : 4:53:10 PM
Linda . . . how far are you from the Waco area? I may have prospects for your wheel there.

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quiltee Posted - Nov 24 2020 : 09:07:06 AM
I have a spinning wheel I'm going to sell. It is a newer one, double treadle. It would be hard to ship so would need to sell locally.

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MullersLaneFarm Posted - Aug 22 2006 : 06:38:57 AM
Robin - I'm thrilled for you!!! Please post pictures of her!!! Did you get any extra bobbins with it?

This past May I was able to secure a 1970's era Ashford Traditional (scotch tension) at a silent auction and was delighted that my Traveler bobbins fit.

Muller's Lane Farm
rockinhorse Posted - Aug 18 2006 : 5:43:35 PM
Thankyou for all your advice and support Brenda I will let you know how things go have fun at the fiber fair. Tilitha your thoughts warm my heart thankyou. Jenny, Yes Yes Yes.... hehehe hehehe... just tell me how much and what to do to take up on your offer..:))))))

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Aunt Jenny Posted - Aug 16 2006 : 7:55:18 PM
If you need some raw wool to get started would have to wash it...I could send some for ya.

Jenny in Utah
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Buttercup Posted - Aug 16 2006 : 7:30:32 PM
Robin, I am so happy that you found one!!!! Yippee!! Do tell us how it works for you!

Brenda, I enjoyed your advice. One day I am thinking of learning to spin, but until then I enjoy hearing good advice on purchasing and using them!!

Thank You everyone!!

"If we could maintain the wonder of childhood and at the same time grasp the wisdom of age, what wonder,what wisdom,what life would be ours"
brightmeadow Posted - Aug 16 2006 : 6:14:37 PM
Robin, I am glad you found a wheel- and if an antique and in mint condition, great! Wow, I bet you are thrilled. Do you have some roving to try it out right away? (Ha! I'll be thinking of you on Saturday - I'm going to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan County - any one else going?

I would only be afraid of missing parts with an antique wheel, but probably anything missing could be replaced by a local woodworker.

I got one years ago from a lady who raised Angora rabbits. It was shipped from New Zealand and is a castle-type. It is perfect for me, as it is very portable.

I found that for me, spinning wasn't something that can be "taught", it can be "demonstrated" but learning is something that you have to do by "doing" it.

One thing I found helpful was not to try exotic fibers at first like Angora or mohair or cashmere or even dog hair as most of these are fairly slippery. Plain old sheep's wool was easiest for me to learn on as the crimp in the fibers cause them to grab each other and hold together better, allowing you to get the feel of it as you experiment.

My first bobbin-full was very thick-and-thin, the second was much better. Keep at it! It is something that improves with practice! I was very frustrated trying to spin Angora at first, but after three or four bobbins of sheep's wool the Angora was surprising easy.

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rockinhorse Posted - Aug 16 2006 : 5:58:12 PM
Hello farmgirls,

guess what? I found a beautiful Spinning wheel!! I started looking back in Feb and then I went into this one Antique shop out near my house, and there she stood in mint condition for only 75.00 wow I sure am excited about my new find I had to share.. now to learn how to use the bundle of joy :) happy from California..

Happiness must be grown in one's own garden!
MullersLaneFarm Posted - Feb 02 2006 : 05:41:38 AM
You can find good used *new* wheels on ebay too. I'd stay away from ones in antique shops and thrift stores for your first wheel. A lot won't spin and if you found one that had all the pieces and parts, you may not be able to get bobbins for it.

I have an Ashford Traveler that I is my work horse & love to pieces and an antique that I use when giving classes. There are also Babe wheels if you don't want to put out a lot of $$ for your first wheel.

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Shirley Posted - Feb 01 2006 : 11:07:57 PM
Hey Well, I just happen to sell Ashford Wheels, and they can be drop shipped right to your door .hehe
Email me privately if you want to know anything else about them
Aunt Jenny Posted - Jan 31 2006 : 11:32:39 PM
I agree. I heard that Ashford Traditionals are the most common wheel in the world. Wow. That is the one I have and it has never been any problem at all.
I think it is very hard to find a good used wheel ..unless you really really know what you are looking for. Most people in thrift or antiques shops don't think of them as a tool, but as decoration and they are usually missing important parts, have warped wheels or are impossible to find bobbins for. Good luck though. I wish I could help you find one.

Jenny in Utah
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shepherdess Posted - Jan 31 2006 : 11:25:59 PM
Your best bet is to go to a shop that carrys spinning wheels. If you have one in your area. I would buy it new or else you may get someone elses problems. Ashford is a good wheel

Farm Girl from Western Washington
" From sheep to handspun "
rockinhorse Posted - Jan 31 2006 : 11:12:02 PM
does anyone know whats the best way to find a spinning wheel? I have been combing some antique shops. with very little luck. next which is a better brand?


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westernhorse51 Posted - Aug 30 2005 : 06:21:46 AM
Hi, I havent tried the navajo spindle, it took me long enough to spin on a regular spindle. O do it sometimes just for fun, but love my wheel. Im much better on my wheel. I bought some roving from shepardess that spun nicely on the spindle but I do love my wheel. Now when im looking to spin something thats a bit different and I dont want perfect looking yarn, I go to the yarns I spun while learning and mix them with yarns of different colors and the end results are great. Anyone who is learning, never throw away your yarns your learning on. Keep them, there wonderful. Michele

she selects wool and flax and works with eager hands Prov.31:13
Aunt Jenny Posted - Aug 29 2005 : 8:17:42 PM
I would love to try one, but havn't yet. I bought my little navajo loom from an older gal who was dying and selling off all her weaving stuff...very sad. I learned about her through a guild I belonged to years ago when I lived in CAlif. I use a really neat old batten and a weighted comb (I am sure there is a better name for it) I havn't collected tons of tools, but my mom is really into Indian things and helps me find thing sometimes. I have a cassette called " Spin the weaver's song" that I bought years ago at a spinning shop in Calif. It has sort of Celtic sounding music and I love to spin to that or bluegrass. It feels right to weave to Native american music...or outside..I love that. You are right about what we do being an impact on your children...they do remember and it means alot to them. Even my grown boys are mentioning that now and then.

Jenny in Utah
The best things in life arn't things
jenny louise Posted - Aug 29 2005 : 5:42:30 PM
Aunt Jenny or anyone else, have you tried a navajo spindle? I have not yet; it seems so awkward and unwieldly! Did you make your own navajo loom? How do you get the weave tight?
Spinning to the lullabyes sounds blissful, I should try it, might make the outcome different. Usually, I spin while my hubby watches a movie. I can still be with him but get something done. When my daughter was growing up, it used to drive her crazy to try to watch a movie while my wheel was constantly whispering. Now she has a place of her own and she misses it. Remember that, young mothers, the wonderful impact that a good and natural pasttime can have on your children, even if they resent it now.
Happy spinning! Love and Light, jenny
shepherdess Posted - Aug 28 2005 : 12:14:23 AM
Thank you michele
I will check it out . This is one of my favorite kinds of music

Farm Girl from Western Washington
" From sheep to handspun "
westernhorse51 Posted - Aug 27 2005 : 11:42:50 AM
Hi Robin, I found the songs through Spin-off 2003 summer issue. The artist is Jean Redpath, she sings a great song called The Spinning Wheel. The cd is called The Moons Silver Cradle. It's mostly scottish lullabies. Her web-site is It may not be for everyone, but I really love it. I think her site has other spinning songs, I havent been on it for awhile now. Michele

she selects wool and flax and works with eager hands Prov.31:13
shepherdess Posted - Aug 26 2005 : 9:46:32 PM
Hi Michele,
Where do you find these Scottish lullabyes .I would like to get some to listen to. It sounds very nice.

Farm Girl from Western Washington
" From sheep to handspun "
westernhorse51 Posted - Aug 26 2005 : 7:57:45 PM
Hi girls, I love people talking about spinning. I've been spinning for about 5 years now & there is always something new to learn. You never run out of things to do. I was blessed to have someone give me a spinning wheel from Canada and the book The Joy Of Handspinning. That was it. I just kept reading and practicing. It felt so natural. Im very tactile so it was perfect. Also you get results right away and that is fun for me. I started to listen to alot of Scottish lullabyes about spinning and to spin to them is the most relaxing thing I've ever done. Keep reading & learning, it is so worth it. Michele

she selects wool and flax and works with eager hands Prov.31:13
Aunt Jenny Posted - Aug 26 2005 : 2:20:55 PM
I like my high whorl spindle better too. I would love to try a navajo spindle...someday..

Jenny in Utah
The best things in life arn't things
jenny louise Posted - Aug 26 2005 : 10:31:33 AM
Hi again, Julia! And Jenny...I learned on a spindle first as well, and even after I learned to spin on a wheel, i had to stick to the spindle due to lack of wheel funds. I still like to take it when i am going on a trip, and i absolutely love a high whorl spindle to make thread with. I have gotten alot of silk caps or bells in different colors and like to spin thread that i will use to embellish my other wool projects with. That way the whole piece is handspun. I hope that you are able to get a wheel, julia, let us know how you like the one that your friend is making.
I think it is which one you learn on first, jenny. But i am sure you will get comfortable with the spindle also. The two plying is what is difficult on a spindle for me! I am going to be attending a fiber show in september and am searching for another high whorl. They seem to all spin a little differently, and i would like to have a few of them.
Julia Posted - Aug 25 2005 : 8:29:28 PM
I have had a drop spindle for about 5 years and really enjoy it. I have wanted a wheel since I was in jr. high. A man in our church is making one, and is going to let me play on it when it is finished. Thanks Bamasuzy for the cd rom info, sounds great.

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Aunt Jenny Posted - Aug 25 2005 : 4:19:47 PM
I do so much better on a wheel than a drop takes more concentration than I have time for some times. I learned with a wheel first too, and I think that it is hard to go to a spindle after. But..I am determined to get better at the spindle some day. It is a wonderful, relaxing, and productive way to spend time.

Jenny in Utah
The best things in life arn't things
lurban Posted - Aug 25 2005 : 1:00:13 PM
One other note: Some folks who are spinning whizes never really gel with a drop spindle. If you can't master a drop spindle, don't give up. Find someone who'll let you try out a wheel. You may be surprised at your success.

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