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Examples of Spinning Wheels

Examples of Various Types of Spinning Wheels

Spinning wheels (those we offer) are typically classified by their general appearance. As new concepts are developed, this classification becomes a little blurred, but basically you have Saxony wheels (horizontal), castle wheels (vertical), Norwegian wheels (horizontal on a bench) and what we call "modern", which can take on many forms, including folding wheels electric wheels. You can also purchase a spindle wheel which uses a spindle to hold the spun yarn, not a bobbin. These work like a great wheel. The Indian Charkha is a good example.

The Saxony is the wheel of the fairy tales - the wheel on one end, the flyer on the other, sloping frame, and normally three legs. The Ashford Traditional and Elizabeth, Kromski Symphony and Prelude, Jensen Production and Ultimate, Lendrum Saxony and Schacht-Reeves wheels fall into this category.

Castle wheels are distinguished by the flyer being positioned above the wheel. The Ashford's Traveller, Kromski Minstrel and Mazurka, Majacraft wheels and the Jensen Tina II wheel are good examples. They normally have three to four legs and in most instances are a bit more compact than other wheels.

Norwegian wheels are a cousin to the Saxony, typically with three to four legs, large wheel and usually ornate. The Kromski Polonaise is a good example.

Modern wheels are hybrids of other traditional types, usually taking on a more unusual appearance, and attempt to take advantage of better engineering. In this category we put the Louet wheels, Kromski Sonata, Lendrum, Schacht, Babe and the Ashford Joy. See our page that compares folding wheels.

Electric spinners do not have a treadle and therefore don't require your foot to get started and keep spinning. They do not feature a wheel, only a flyer. They can be set on a table and started manually. They are not completely automatic since the spinner still determines the size of the yarn and must from time to time stop the flyer to change hooks in order to fill the bobbin evenly. Examples of these are the Roberta and the Babe NW Flyer.

A spindle wheel will be the Charkha, Babe Little Spider or the quill added to an Ashford or Lendrum wheel.

Saxony Spinning Wheel

Kromski Symphony

Ashford Elizabeth 2


Castle Spinning Wheel

Jensen Tina II
Kromski Minstrel


Norwegian Spinning Wheel

Kromski Polonaise



Modern Spinning Wheel



Spindle Charkha Spinning Wheel

Indian Charkha

Babe Spider

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