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Spinning Wheels

  • There is a strong relationship between the fittings on the spinning wheel and the type of yarn easily produced. This explains why many spinners have more than one wheel. The working unit on all modern spinning wheels is the combination of the flyer (the 'U' shaped piece) and the bobbin on to which the yarn is wound as well as the whorl. The bobbin

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  • Pat Hodge bought her spinning wheel from Fibrecrafts in September 2002 and set about learning to spin under expert tuition from Phyllis Funnell. Here she proudly shows off her hand-knitted sweater made from the yarn she has spun from Jacob and Shetland fibres. Well done Pat!

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  • Phyllis Funnell sports her Moebius scarf knitted from a pattern in the 'Treasury of Magical Knitting'. She hand spun the super soft yarn from grey Alpaca. In hindsight, we should have taken more photos of this lovely lace knitted scarf but we are delighted to have a photo of the modest Phyllis at last! Both the Alpaca fibre and book are available f

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  • Defining how you will use your Spinning Wheel is the key to a successful choice. The three main pointers are discussed in general terms below. First, decide on how much travelling the spinning wheel will do. Is it being carried around and taken by car and by air? Consider also whether the wheel will be used for production rate spinning and whether

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  • Many types of spinning wheels have developed over the centuries which can produce a yarn efficiently from local fibres. Historically a great many configurations of spinning wheel and flyer have been developed, and some of these are still available from craftsmen wheel makers. The common layouts are shown below along with comments on their strengths

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  • The transformation of fibre into a yarn is a very satisfying process. Once the techniques have been mastered, it is very gratifying to watch a yarn form on the hand spindle or spinning wheel bobbin. There is an abundance of information available for beginners. The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is an excellent place to start.

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  • We're often asked to recommend a book about specific crafts featured on the George Weil website. Anne Field's 'Learn to Spin' ticks all the boxes when it comes to learning everything you need to know about spinning a fibre to create a yarn. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, Anne guides the novice spinner through all they need to know to

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  • We are often asked advice about the crafts advertised on our website. Whilst we have a good knowledge of most of the techniques, we cannot always claim to be experts. The traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing are championed by The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The objectives of this Association are 'the preserva

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  • Susan Litton's review of Schacht's latest spinning wheel 'The Sidekick': 'I have been spinning for twenty five years and for a long time have been a very happy owner of a Schacht Matchless wheel. This wheel does everything I could want from a spinning wheel, except that it is takes up the space of a person in the car. So, I have been very tempted b

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  • This selection of skeins were hand spun by Coralie Miles. Each of the fibres used can be found in the Spinning Section. Fibres are: a) Grey Alpaca b) Bluefaced Leicester c) Mohair d) Jacob e) Camel f) Black Alpaca g) Cashmere h) Shetland. (See also Coralie's needle felted animals and her freeform crocheted bag.) The samples below were spun by Susan

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  • We found this photo amongst a box full of other old photographs. These had become 'lost' when Fibrecrafts and George Weil first moved here to Peasmarsh more than 10 years ago. The photo shows two customers in the showroom at the cottage in Eashing Lane. The lady appears to be buying a locker hook and the gentleman is spinning a thread on the Schach

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  • Schacht have brought out a special limited edition of the 8 Shaft Baby Wolf in walnut wood and the Matchless Spinning Wheel in cherry wood to mark their 40th Anniversary. They're also running a competition 'I made it on my Schacht' Let us know if you enter the contest as we would love to see what you have created and we will add a link from the Blo

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  • OFFER NOW ENDED To mark their anniversary, Louët are offering a FREE loom bench when you order any of the following Louët looms: David*, Spring*, Delta*, Magic Dobby, Octado* and Megado or a FREE skeinwinder when you order any of the following spinning wheels: S10*, S51DT*, S75DT* and S15* The offer applies to any order (for the products specifie

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  • We welcomed Managing Director Richard Ashford and Sales Manager Kate Sherrat during their visit from Ashford, New Zealand in April. The team here at Fibrecrafts enjoyed putting the names to faces before our visitors, along with David Herring (Ashford UK), were taken for a tour of the warehouse by our Managing Director, Ian Bowers. Photographed here

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  • With Christmas out of the way, Coralie couldn't wait to use her coveted present - a Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel! With a Manx Loaghtan Shearling fleece in the shed begging to be carded and spun, Coralie set about producing this delicious singles yarn. She told us; 'When I've finally finished the spinning, I'm going to have a go at lace knitting

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