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Spinning Wheels

Spinning Wheels

Spinning wheels 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.

Features and options vary from one wheel to the next, but some things to consider include single or double treadle, wheel diameter, type of wood, size of orifice, size of bobbin, extra bobbins, additional speed control whorls, and distaffs.

Accessories include hand cards, combs, hackles or drum carder, flick cards, niddy noddy or skeinwinder, spinning stool or spinning chair, ball winder, swift, spinning gauge, yarn balance, spinning books and spinning DVDs/videos. Appearance matters to some. Having a wheel that looks like an old style wheel or wheel that will match the character of a house or furnishings adds additional considerations.

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED


- Carded fiber (or raw fleece and hand cards)
- A threading hook (may be included with wheel) • 3 or more bobbins (may be included with wheel)
- A niddy noddy or skeinwinder
- A Lazy Kate (if not with wheel)
- Book ("Hands on Spinning", "The Ashford Book of Spinning", "Handspinning - Teach Yourself Visually") or DVD/Video ("Spinning Wool - Basics and Beyond”).

Nice to have, in ranked order:
1. Spinning gauge, spinning wheel oil (may be included with wheel), extra bobbins, jumbo flyer, high-speed or lace flyer.
2. Spinning stool or spinning chair, swift and either ball winder or nostepinne

Selecting a Wheel

Selecting a Wheel

This page will give you an introduction to selecting a spinning wheel, buying a spinning wheel, touching on the types of wheels, technical terms, attachments, spinning options and considerations in choosing a wheel, including, perhaps, your first wheel.

Spinning Wheel Maintenance

Spinning Wheel Maintenance

Taking care of your spinning wheel can be fun and make you feel good knowing your baby is in tip-top shape - kinda like getting your oil changed in your car.

Ashford Spinning Wheels

Ashford Spinning Wheels

These wheels are made in New Zealand. They are the most popular wheels in the U.S. and the world. They are enjoyed by beginners as well as professional "production spinners." The quality is superb and the features offered come at an attractive price. You can't go wrong with Ashford spinning wheels.

Babe Spinning Wheels

Babe Spinning Wheels

The motto here is "function over form." While Babe Spinning Wheels are indeed made of plumbing pipe, they all work very well. The idea is that you can enter the world of spinning for almost nothing; if you like the fun, then moving up to a more traditional wheel may be in your future. Made in the USA.

Bluebonnet Spinning Wheels

Bluebonnet Spinning Wheels

These spinning wheels are hand-crafted in Texas and made of solid hardwood. They are lightweight & portable. Portability with quality materials at a low cost.

Clemes & Clemes Spinning Wheels

Clemes & Clemes Spinning Wheels

Offering a modern compact and economical castle wheel and the original wheel started in 1970's, Clemes & Clemes is back. Made in the USA.

Heavenly Handspinning Spinning Wheels

Heavenly Handspinning Spinning Wheels

Great, inexpensive spinning wheels from a company that is devoted to selling quality and affordable hand-spinning tools. Made in the USA.

Kromski Spinning Wheels

Kromski Spinning Wheels

The Kromski family of Poland has been making spinning wheels for the last three generations of their family. The look of the Kromski Spinning Wheels is unique and the quality is superb. No other wheels on the market have the attention to details, the depth of wood turning that you will find in these wheels.

Lendrum Spinning Wheels

Lendrum Spinning Wheels

Lendrum Spinning Wheels have developed quite a following of loyal users and are available in two styles - the very modern looking Original Lendrum, or Folding Wheel and the classic looking Lendrum Saxony. These very popular wheels are manufactured in Canada by Gord Lendrum. They have a very good reputation in the spinning market and have features that are attractive to all spinners.

Louet  Spinning Wheels

Louet Spinning Wheels

Louët wheels treadle lightly, are low maintenance and nearly adjustment free and can be modified with accessories for the expert spinner. Technically all Louet models are the same. Each wheel has a single belt bobbin drive with an adjustable flyer brake to regulate the tension. The flexible belts are made of polyurethane and never have to be adjusted. Louet products are made in Holland.

Majacraft  Spinning Wheels

Majacraft Spinning Wheels

Made in New Zealand. They feature true double treadles which operate alternately (just like bicycle pedals) for relaxing, smooth easy treadling. Other features are frictionless ball bearings, a single hook flyer for quick winding, a stretchy no-adjust drive band and smooth patented bobbins which allow you to steam, boil or dye the yarn on them.

Merlin Tree - HitchHiker & Roadbug Spinning Wheels

Merlin Tree - HitchHiker & Roadbug Spinning Wheels

Great for road trips this wheel fits in front of the passenger seat of most vehicles so you can spin in the car! It is also small enough to take as a carry on when you fly. This is a friction drive wheel so there is no drive band to break or stretch. Made in the USA.

Roberta Electric Spinning Wheels

Roberta Electric Spinning Wheels

The Roberta electronic spinning wheel by Ertoel is versatile, efficient & quiet. Adjustable speed control, up to 1200 rps,120 volts, forward and reverse. 5/8" orifice. Beautifully made from dark Tasmanian myrtle.

Schacht  Spinning Wheels

Schacht Spinning Wheels

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Some consider their Matchless wheel to be the Cadillac of Spinning Wheels.  Made in the USA.

SpinOlutions Spinning Wheels

SpinOlutions Spinning Wheels

The company's goal is to provide the most advanced and easy to use spinning wheels that have ever been seen or used. Made in the USA.

Charka & Spindle Wheels

Charka & Spindle Wheels

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