Posts Tagged ‘wheel’

I made the mistake of going to the antique show that is in town today and this is what I came home with,  a lateral spinning wheel with orange bands on the spokes. The wheel came fron an antique dealer that was here form North Dakota, I probably paid a little too much for it, but considering I didn’t have to drive forever to pick it up or pay for shipping from somewhere hundreds of miles away I felt the price was reasonable.

Lateral Spinning wheel

There are some minor cracks here and there but nothing that can’t be stabilized or that will keep the wheel from spinning.


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I found this little wheel on a consignment site a couple of years ago. It needed some work on it to get up and spinning, we needed to rework someone elses attempts at restoring it.   The wheel isn’t quite in alignment and it makes a thumping noise when spinning, but it spins silk like nobody’s business.  I’m not sure but I think it is a little English wheel, the drive tension is set with a peg holding the back maiden in place instead of a screw type tension.  All in all I know I paid way too much for it, but I sure like it and enjoy spinning on it.  The wheel is about 12″ in diameter.

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Here it is mid June and I’ve been busy with yard work and other stuff around the house.  Somewhere I got into something that has been itching and driving me crazy. Went to the doctor and he said it was a plant oil toxin, inother words probably poison ivy.  Gave me a steroid cream and it is helping alot. Now to find the culpret and kill it out. 

I’ve been busy with spinning and cleaning up a couple of wheels.  This time I used an almond based oil that conditions and protects and so far I really like it, plus it smells nice.  My latest spinning wheel aquasition is a Jensen Tina II, this wheel is a dream to spin on. I think it is going to be a forever wheel.  Much easlier for me to spin on for any amount of time, some of my other wheels make my hips hurt after awhile.

Tina II is a double drive that can be converted to a scotch drive. It has three whorls, so there are several ratios available.  I think there is a high speed whorl  available, but I don’t have that one.  I really don’t think I need it either. I spun up single of some icelandic and ramboulliet on the Tina and plyed them on a little wheel that I had gotten in Missouri a few years ago at the World Wide Wool Festival at Bethel MO.  That little wheel is called  “The Lamb” made by Larry Harper of Seymour, MO.


The LambNice wheel for a beginning spinner, it has an Iris tension and only one ration about 6:1, bobbins hold about 4 ozs. It is made out of oak, I use this little wheel primarily for plying.it’s own tensioning band, along with the bobbin being tensioned by the drive band.  This gives two different speeds which allows the yarn to be drawn up onto the bobbin. 

Irish tension system 

Plyed with the Lamb.

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Here is the Rick Reeves 24″ red oak spinning wheel that I was fortunate enough to finally find and get, the price was very reasonable for a hand made spinning wheel of this caliber.  It certainly was NOT cheap, but it wasn’t anywhere near a new Schact-Reeves 24″ wheel either.  I’ve only been playing with it to get a feel for it’s nature and I did manage to get a skein of llama spun and plyed.  It will take a little getting used to.  We caller call her Miss Marengo because the wheel is signed Rick Reeves and he made it when he had a shop close to  Marengo IA.   The wheel was very, very dry and needed a good cleaning and waxing with Howard”s beeswax wood cleaner.


I used 2 packs of pink lemonade, 1 pack of cherry and half a pack of orange kool aid to get this corally color.  It came out varigated due to uneven dying, I kind of like it so I don’t think I’ll over dye it to even out the color.


Completed a skein of 100% camel, used the standard whorl for spinning and plying.

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Here it is the unofficial end of summer, it’s been horribly hot and humid this year.  We did manage to get my double flyer spinning wheel cleaned and oiled and back into action.  The leather hinges on the treadle needed to be replaced so my DH sacraficed his favorite old belt for the cause.  He did a very good job of it and now the wheel spins like a dream. 

This wheel can be seen in action at:


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I’m going to share some pictures  of my spinning wheel collection, I’ll add more pictures in the future.  I’m going to start off with a very old Turkish (Ottoman period) floor spindle wheel.  I found this wheel on Ebay, looking at the picture that was on Ebay I didn’t think it  looked very big, but when it arrived in a refrigerator box I knew I was in trouble with size.  I managed to find a place for it to sit and that’s where it will probably sit for the next umpteen years.   It was in desperate need of a good cleaning and some major repair to the base supports, plus it needed a new turning handle and spindle before I could even begin to think about spinning on it.  The wheel is 23 ins in diameter and very heavy, the base is 36 ins long, so it takes up a fair amount of space.   The day came that I could finally attempt to spin, I sat down with cotton sliver and held my breath and it was magic, I turned the wheel and it took off like a dream , barely needed to touch the handle to keep it spinning and I was on my way to spinning cotton with very little effort.   Here she is:

Floor spindle wheel

Turkish spindle wheel

Floor spindle wheel

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