Spinning Wheels are available in many different styles and brands. Generally there are the Saxony Style spinning wheels with their sloped bed, the Upright wheels, also called Castle style, and the Norwegian Style, with their typical double bench. As spinning wheel models were developed these styles have been modified and are somewhat blurred as double treadle and folding wheels and others are now available.
So welcome to the wonderful, diverse world of creating your own yarns! Whether you want to spin your own yarn for knitting or weaving, design fun art yarn, or just want to de-stress with the rhythmic treadling motion of a spinning wheel, you have come to the right place.
We carry many different bands of wheels for every lifestyle. Ask yourself; What yarn do I want to spin? Do I like fine soft fibers or do I want to spin crazy funky art yarns that require a large orifice? Should my wheel fold so I can take it with me or do I like the classic lines of a fairy tale spinning wheel?
We know it may be confusing and have many spinning wheels here at our store for you to try. Stop by and spin on one (or a few) to find out which wheel you like and which one you love! Can't make it to the store? Give us a call, we can help: 503-538-4741
A - Drive Wheel
B - Drive Belt
C - Flyer
D - Mother of All
E - Front Bearing
F - Tension Screw
G - Treadle
H - Footman
I - Footman Connector
J - Treadle Bar
K - Sloped Bed
D - Distaff
Please keep in mind that above diagram is for reference only. Spinning Wheel types vary, so some wheel may not have all parts shown in this diagram, but will still spin yarn without them.
Over twenty years ago when I started to spin yarn, choosing a wheel was easy, there simply was not that much to choose from. In fact my husband made the choice for me, trying to surprise me and not knowing a thing about spinning wheels. The choices in the local shop were limited to the Ashford Traveller and Ashford Traditional, so he chose the later one for me and surprised me with my first spinning wheel.
Oh! My! God!
I had long "thought about" getting a spinning wheel, but then, having a huge box plopped in front of me, I was happy, confused and mostly scared that I would not be able to figure out how to spin. I had never really seen a spinning wheel up close, did not have any friends who spun yarn and had to "learn" even basic things like that drive wheel turns clock-wise when spinning, treadling evenly, drafting fibers etc.
That day was the beginning of a long time love affair with spinning, yarn and of course fibers. Not only have I fallen completely in love with the soothing rhythm of the spinning wheel, but also built our own spinning and weaving online business and local shop in Oregon from the ground up. With over a decade in business I still get excited when new spinning fibers and rovings come in and new spinning wheel models are introduced.
So, now YOU are ready to jump into the world of spinning! My advice to you: just do it, all else will come and above all just have fun! I know I am....