Gale’s Art beautiful fiber for spinning

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I’ve been enjoying the most delightful fiber, Gale’s Art Blueface Swirl. I discovered this “Limited Edition” fiber at the Ashville Fiber Festival last October and only now have begun spinning. It is a luscious hand dyed blue face leicester fiber in blues, greens and purple swirled with undyed natural brown. The brown provides depth to this scrumptious mix. I have 4 oz to spin and it’s spinning up like a dream. (Very well processed and dyed.) Spinning lace weight with a lacey shawl in mind.

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I met Gale at the Festival and enjoyed our brief conversation. (In addition to the fiber, I also bought two Trindals.) She’s knowedgeable and enthusiatic about fiber. You can contact Gale Evans and/or purchase her fiber HERE

That’s my “Timertop Suitcase” I have on vacation with me.

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Rick Reeves Spinning Wheels’ Distaffs

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My “new” Rick Reeves 24″ Norwegian Spinning Wheel arrived home to join her cousin, a 24″ Rick Reeves Saxony Spinning Wheel with added 1/2 spokes. Notice the Saxony has a “bird’s nest” distaff and the Norwegian, a sold distaff.

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Traditionally, spinners in Western Europe either held a distaff under one arm when using a hand spindle or the distaff was attached to the spinning wheel.

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And yes, that’s a CPW, Canadian Production Wheel, behind the Norwegian; there’s also my first wheel, an Ashford saxony, lerking in the shadows. The new wheel hasn’t found her permanent home. She’ll be slathered with Bee’s Wax and Orange Oil before she settles in.

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Rick Reeves 24″ Oak Norwegian Spinning Wheel

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Snagged a Rick Reeves 24″ Oak Norwegian Spinning Wheel on eBay. Hope my other “babies” won’t be jealous when she comes home Sunday. Preview pic here. More about her when she gets home.

 

LOUET S40 Spinning Wheel FOR SALE

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UPDATE: SOLD 8/16/2010

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Louet S40 Hatbox spinning wheel for sale.

Video HERE demonstrates the wheel spinning and how to set-up for spinning or take down for toting. It is easier than I make it look; I was trying to put things together one-handed and upside down while making video:) Hatbox will be listed on eBay … will update with address.

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Restored Antique Tyrolean Spinning Wheel

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Tyrolean Spinning Wheeltryolean wheel for uploadThe wheel has no hooks on the flyer; instead, the wheel has a unque pegging system. To advance the yarn on the bobbin, a “peg” made of twisted copper wire, is moved along the flyer arm. I’ve linked this post to YouTube video of wheel spinning so you can see how it works.

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Antique Tyrolian Spinning Wheel

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after frontRavelry friends suggested my new wheel might be Tyrolean … (on the very border of Bavaria) Check THIS out.
The photo is described as ” A spinning wheel and bedroom furniture inside the Tyrol House at Tirolergarten in Tiergarten, Schloss Schonbrunn”. The wheel sure looks familiar …

I loaded three photos of another Tyrolean wheel HERE. This wheel was photographed by a Ravelry member who has a friend who reports the wheel was handed down from ancestors living in Tyrol.

A branch of my ancestral tree was from Bavaria so I like to think some how the wheel found it’s way home, if to the flats of Florida from the alpine mountains. It’s a great working wool wheel; fast with a gentle twist!

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Restoration of Unique German/Bavarian Antique Spinning Wheel

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These before & after photos document the restoration of a unique German possibly Bavarian antique wool spinning wheel. Recently “won” on eBay auction for $87.01, upon receipt, I scrubbed the entire wheel with Murphy’s Oil Soap and very fine steel wool. I reglued the frame under tension and put rubber “buttons” on one foot of the frame to stablize the wooble. The leather holding the flyer was broken and the remains brittle. I replaced it with a short length of leather belt and a leather shoe string. I then lathered on beeswax and oil. I still need to replace the two pins that hold down the wheel; one was broken and one was missing. Put on a new cotton string belt and took her for a spin. From the orange yarn you can see she spins wonderfully. The treadle is deeply worn from use and it’s fun to speculate as to the spinners who placed their foot on that very spot.

Before and After photos (click on thumbnail to go to larger photo then click on that image for a more detailed look):

before flyer restafter leather work

before screw chip workafter wood work screw

before woodafter tiger oak

before bobbinafter spokes

Note the copper “eye” guide; a single piece of copper wire twisted to form an “eye” to guide the finished yarn onto the bobbin. Unlike most spinning wheels with their row of hooks, this wheel has a unique winding system. After the bobbin is filled in one area, the “eye” is moved to the next hole in the flyer.

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UPDATE: Ravelry friends suggested it might be Tyrolean … (on the very border of Bavaria) Check THIS out.
The photo is described as ” A spinning wheel and bedroom furniture inside the Tyrol House at Tirolergarten in Tiergarten, Schloss Schonbrunn”. The wheel sure looks familiar but I think mine’s prettier! :)

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CPW Canadian Production Wheel

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I purchased a Canadian Production Wheel (thank you Craig’s list) yesterday. I am posting photos in hopes of identifying the wheel. It appears it may be a Cadorettte, cousin to the Hyacinthe spinning wheel. I plan to restore the wheel to a working spinning wheel. The photos below are of the wheel as found. The wheel had been on display at the home of a local couple for some twenty years. They knew none of the history of the wheel, only that they had purchased it from an antique shop in Sarasota, Florida. There are no markings on the wheel that I can find.

Lots of photos HERE

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Reeves Spinning Wheel

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To the fair and back. Four blue ribbons but no rosettes, I’m dissappointed but will be back next year.

Have been enjoying my new wheel, an original Reeves hand turned Oak Spinning Wheel.

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Reeves on YouTube too

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Rick Reeves 24″ Saxony Spinning Wheel

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reevesSanta put this under my tree, had to share, as soon as I stopped the happy dance:)

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