Spinning wheels, hand spindles, hand carders, drum carders, bobbins, Lazy Kates and all the other tools needed for creating unique handspun yarns. Our range of fibres include cottons, Merino wool, British wools, flax and a choice of luxury fibres including alpaca, silk and cashmere.
We can supply any spinning products from Louet, Schacht, Kromski or Ashford, and any of those not listed can be ordered in especially for you. Special order spinning and weaving items not included on this website take between 4-6 weeks and we will require a 10% deposit for these non-stock items. Please telephone: 01483 565800 for further information.Continue reading...
Transforming a fibre into a yarn is just the first step in producing your own knitted or woven garments and furnishings. Beginners may prefer to invest in a hand spindle although some will decide to learn the process using a spinning wheel – the techniques can be learnt from a book, snippets from the internet, or through a guild such as The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.
The sheer choice of superb fibres will tempt the hand spinner to produce metres and metres of hand spun yarns for their projects. In addition to the high quality wool, cotton and silk fibres, you can also buy from the choice of luxurious hair fibres which include camel, alpaca, cashmere and kid mohair. The ‘Designer Fibres’ include the delicious blends of Merino & Tussah and the Alpaca & Mulberry Silk, as well as Casein which is made from milk protein.
If you’re a production spinner, you may wish to buy a drum carder to make light work of preparing fleece and blending fibre ready for spinning. A carding cloth with hardwearing pins (or teeth) is attached to the surface of two drums which rotate in opposite directions when the larger of the drums is turned. The drums are placed with a small gap between them and the fibre is fed between the teeth of drums, combing it during the process. The choice of drum carders range from the Louet Junior Drum carder which has a 10cm wide drum and offers good value for light to medium use through to the Ashford Wide Drum carder which offers a 30cm wide carding width. There is also the David Triple Drum carder from Howard Brush which takes only half as much turning to produce the same quality and quantity of prepared fibre, and the ultimate luxury, the Louet Electric Carder which allows two free hands to feed in the fibres.