Ashford products are manufactured in New Zealand, with the first spinning wheels made in 1940, to an original design, for spinning knitting yarn for socks and caps for the country’s soldiers to wear.
Production of the Ashford Spinning Wheels was restarted in the mid-1960’s with the growth of the small holding culture and enthusiasm for natural products in response to increasing urbanisation. Many of the early wheels are still in use today. The Ashford range of wheels allows spinners to create a wide range of yarns, from fine to bulky and across a span of novelty yarns using all types of fibre.
The wheels are recognised as low-cost, easy, and trouble-free and able to spin all fibres in a wide range of sizes. They can spin soft twist or high twist yarns, fast or leisurely.
It was only natural that weaving looms followed spinning wheels. Ashford now produces a complete range of high quality textile craft equipment. The complete range of Ashford products can be ordered from George Weil, if they do not appear on the web site contact us to discuss your order.
The key to the success of the Ashford Spinning and Weaving products has been Ashford’s devotion to quality, reliability and durability. They ensure that only the best of materials are used, many of local origin. To keep the wheels readily affordable they are made using modern production and assembly techniques. Ashford also show their commitment to a continual process of improvement and innovation in design, while retaining the aesthetic appeal of the graceful spinning wheel shape which Walter Ashford created.
The full range of Ashford Spinning and Weaving products are available through George Weil. If the item you would like is not shown here please contact us with your enquiry 01483 565800