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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#16  Unread postby SixGun » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:08 pm


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I'm so excited to get working on it. I pulled out my drop spindle case and I have more raw material left than I remembered so I might transfer it over to the spinning wheel and give it a try. I need to get the wheels connected (the lady on the video just used cotton yarn, which I have plenty of!), but other than that, I think it's fully functional as is! The tension will be the biggest booger since it's jammed in there pretty good, but it won't take much to sand it down. I was showing it to DH's aunt and she said she didn't really ever understand how you made yarn, how it would twist together and all, so I was able to use the drop spindle so she could see close up and in "slow motion" (sort of) how the fibers twisted together. I think that helped it click.


Excellent. You've already got fiber in stashes. jk.
I have one wheel that is strung with kitchen twine, one with hemp twine and one with a rubber line. All that matters is that it will make it go. If you have wax, putting that on your kitchen twine will help it grab. Also, you will find you will string it today, and tomorrow you'll have to resize it. The cotton twine has a lot of give to it at first. But, a slight readjustment and new knot and you'll be back off to the races.

Yes, the actual process of "spinning" is very straightforward, but a bit of a mystery to just about everyone that hasn't done it. You've already started spreading the knowledge. Awesome!

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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#17  Unread postby Nymphadora » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:13 pm


SixGun wrote:The roving is going to be what you want to practice with. It is relatively inexpensive, and a pound will keep you busy for a year. Seriously. An oz makes about 150 yds of 2-ply yarn, on average....

I think I must be doing or measuring something very wrong then. One pound is 16 ounces, correct? Granted, I never actually weighed it when I got it, but I split the pound of roving into 4 (so they should be 4 ounces each), and I think the most yardage I got out of one section was 200 yds, 2-ply. Maybe it was just a thicker yarn? It definitely wasn't lace weight, maybe closer to DK or worsted...

And I finished spinning the pound of roving in a month, if that (I only really got to spend time spinning on the weekends). But I was terribly eager and excited to see my yarns finished. :oops:

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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#18  Unread postby FourRingCircus » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:02 pm


I wonder how much that depends on the type of wool? You know - a lb of feathers vs. a lb of bricks? I know one picture I saw it looked like the ball/roll was about the size of a basketball...
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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#19  Unread postby SixGun » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:54 am


Nymphadora wrote:
SixGun wrote:The roving is going to be what you want to practice with. It is relatively inexpensive, and a pound will keep you busy for a year. Seriously. An oz makes about 150 yds of 2-ply yarn, on average....

I think I must be doing or measuring something very wrong then. One pound is 16 ounces, correct? Granted, I never actually weighed it when I got it, but I split the pound of roving into 4 (so they should be 4 ounces each), and I think the most yardage I got out of one section was 200 yds, 2-ply. Maybe it was just a thicker yarn? It definitely wasn't lace weight, maybe closer to DK or worsted...

And I finished spinning the pound of roving in a month, if that (I only really got to spend time spinning on the weekends). But I was terribly eager and excited to see my yarns finished. :oops:


The weight of the yarn you spin definitely does have an impact on yardage.
This is 2.5 oz. of Merino and I believe it was about 275 yds. Its sport weight, but a bit thicker than I usually spin, mostly because that Merino just loves to fluff! LOL
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I should have said "my" average... I was just drooling over having all that lovely wool to spin and then dye any old color!

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FourRingCircus wrote:I wonder how much that depends on the type of wool? You know - a lb of feathers vs. a lb of bricks? I know one picture I saw it looked like the ball/roll was about the size of a basketball...


A pound of wool roving should be about basketball size. Maybe volleyball.

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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#20  Unread postby Nymphadora » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:43 pm


SixGun wrote:This is 2.5 oz. of Merino and I believe it was about 275 yds. Its sport weight, but a bit thicker than I usually spin, mostly because that Merino just loves to fluff! LOL

It does fluff! :P
My plied yarn always looks way thicker than I thought it would be by looking at the singles... I thought it was all in my head, but you confirmed it for me, SixGun, thank you!
That yarn is gorgeous, too! :oops:

SixGun wrote:I should have said "my" average... I was just drooling over having all that lovely wool to spin and then dye any old color!

Haha, I gotta get my averages into your range... I'd love that much yardage! Oh, and I've been dying up a storm at home (DH lifted the lid of a big pot I was using to dye, thinking it was dinner… the look on his face when the smell of warm wool and vinegar hit his nose…). :rotfl:

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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#21  Unread postby ohiogoatgirl » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:44 pm


Look for videos/info about double drive band and tension. I am pretty sure from the original pic it looks to be a Saxony style double drive. You will need either two bands or one looong band that will have a spot that it X across itself. from what I understand historically it would be used with one big band and the crossover. the band goes around the wheel, around the bobbin whorl, around the wheel, around the flyer whorl.
I don't really have any experience with using them. the idea is that the whorl on the bobbin is smaller than the whorl on the flyer. Ergo, the bobbin should turn faster and that is what winds the yarn on the bobbin and makes the yarn pull in.

also, these wheels were made to spin fine. they choke up when you spin thick on them from what I understand. partly because you rely on the tension of the double drive alone and partly because the orifice and bobbin is so small.

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skip to 1:20 in the video for the up-close of the flyer and important bits. 2:20 she talks about the double drive. not thee best explanation but the basics.
(side note: the tension knob on her wheel, some wheels have a different way of tilting the mother-of-all to tension but I don't know anything about it other than that. be aware though that antique wheels may be missing or broken pieces especially the fiddly moving bits.)

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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#22  Unread postby FourRingCircus » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:43 pm


ohiogoatgirl wrote:Look for videos/info about double drive band and tension. I am pretty sure from the original pic it looks to be a Saxony style double drive. You will need either two bands or one looong band that will have a spot that it X across itself. from what I understand historically it would be used with one big band and the crossover. the band goes around the wheel, around the bobbin whorl, around the wheel, around the flyer whorl.
I don't really have any experience with using them. the idea is that the whorl on the bobbin is smaller than the whorl on the flyer. Ergo, the bobbin should turn faster and that is what winds the yarn on the bobbin and makes the yarn pull in.

also, these wheels were made to spin fine. they choke up when you spin thick on them from what I understand. partly because you rely on the tension of the double drive alone and partly because the orifice and bobbin is so small.

__________ Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:44 pm __________

skip to 1:20 in the video for the up-close of the flyer and important bits. 2:20 she talks about the double drive. not thee best explanation but the basics.
(side note: the tension knob on her wheel, some wheels have a different way of tilting the mother-of-all to tension but I don't know anything about it other than that. be aware though that antique wheels may be missing or broken pieces especially the fiddly moving bits.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xDCTUblzVg


I tend ot lean toward finer spinning anyway, so that wasn't too much of a deterrent. This one actually has every single piece as far as I can tell (aside from the rod going from the treadle to the wheel, but the rope that came on it works OK enough to give it a try), even the leather pieces and all the hooks are there and in line! The bobbin is cracked, hopefully DH's cousin will make me a new one eventually. I think it's functional as is though! I haven't gotten any bands connecting it all together on yet... maybe tonight. The kids are WAY too fascinated with it. I am going to have to tuck it away downstairs because they can't seem to keep their hands off.

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We have a spinner! Whoo hoo! :cheer1:

Finally took the time tonight to get a drive band (I think that's the right term) on and set up - used cotton yarn like the one video mentioned. Lookin' good! Now to switch out the rop for the treadle (it's too stiff and thick of a knot so it's getting wrapped up vs. spinning freely) and I should be in business! The wool came in today but for some reason the mail person opted not to deliver it - not sure what the deal is . I had two pkgs come today and a note for pickup in the box. PO is 20 minutes away so by the time I drive there, stand in line (with 4 children, yippee), and drive back it will likely be at least an hour. I have a feeling it is b/c of our dogs, which is telling of that particular post person b/c no one else has ever had that big of an issue with them (we are a rural route so we rarely have a consistent mail carrier). The UPS guy has befreinded them, and a couple other mail carriers got pretty far with them with a couple treats here and there. They bark (heellloooo, that's why we have them!) but that's it.

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Re: Spinning wheel...

Post Number:#23  Unread postby hotzcatz » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:54 pm


when spinning on an older wheel, sometimes it won't spin in reverse to ply your yarn so if yours doesn't want to ply you can sometimes get the bobbin to go the other way by changing the drive band so the drive wheel still goes the same direction. You end up with a cross in the drive band, but that's usually no problem.
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