So I have enough crafting things really. I have a rigid heddle loom, a sewing machine, various knitting needles, yarn, felt, a screen printing kit and a soap kit stashed away on various parts of the house. I don’t need anymore things….
So, of course, I bought a spinning wheel.
I like browsing Facebook marketplace and EBay more out of curiosity than anything else. Two weeks ago I spotted a wheel for sale on Facebook for £175. It looked in good condition and was the closest wheel to me I had seen so far. Most have been a minimum of a four hour drive away. So I hopped in the car and went for a beautiful drive to the Dorset border to have a look. It’s a beautiful part of the world and there were plenty of spring lambs frolicking in the fields as I drove past. A sure sign that this was a good idea right?
On arrival, I found out the wheel belonged to the sellers mother who sadly has Dementia and can no longer remember how to spin despite doing so for years. The seller wanted it to go to someone who would continue to use it rather than it sitting in her garage for the next few years. I promised I would try to use it as often as possible.
So here it is! It needed a bit of love and care. It has a new drive belt and brake band and has been oiled according to the video on the Ashford YouTube channel. This has allowed to run a lot smoother which is great.
I took it for a spin (haha) last night and it is a lot more difficult than it looks on the instructional videos! I can treadle smoothly when not doing anything else but struggled to get the fiber to attach to the leader yarn. After a few unsuccessful tries, I had a gin and tonic instead which went very smoothly.
I’m not sure the flyer is spinning as easily as it should but I have no idea – any suggestions? Will definitely be having another practice this evening or tomorrow!