Module 1 Get to know your wheel

If you are already a more advanced spinner you may not need to go over this section in much detail. As promised I wanted this course to take someone all the way from the very basics to making they're own dream yarn.  The first step needs to be learning your tools. As a spinner your primary tool and friend will always be your spinning wheel.  There are so many diffrent types of wheels, some very modern and some much more historical. No matter what you choose the wheel should be special to you, every wheel like a person has it's own eccentricities and quirks. That's half the fun of getting to know your wheel.  One of the reasons I think I took to the fiber arts as enthusisticly and quickly as I did is that while there are "rules" there is also plenty of room for improvisation  and expirmentiation.  To enjoy this freedom of expression you first must learn the basis of your current wheel. 

 
 charkha wheel

charkha wheel

The Charkha Wheel

Made popular by Mahatma Gandhi in India the Charkha Wheel is similar to the Great wheel but just smaller and operated by a hand crank.  They were great for spinning fine fibers such as cotton and silk.  Drop spindles were also very popular in India as well.   Check out this demo video to see it in action

 
 
 The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel

"The Great Wheel is what your normally think of when you picture medieval  ladies making yarn.  Popular for many years you would " walk the yarn" on the great wheel.  They were very large but had most of the same basic parts as modern wheels.  Also the type made famous by sleeping beauty pricking her finger.  Click here for a great historical demo video

 
 Saxony Wheel

Saxony Wheel

Saxony Wheel

Probably the most traditional type of wheel that you would think of there are many very popular modern versions of these wheels in use now an example being an ashford "Elizabeth" . They are set up horizontally with the wheel on one side and the flyer and bobbin next to it. See a Saxony in action

 
 Castle Wheel

Castle Wheel

 
Louet Irish tension wheel
 
pollywog
 
spinolution king bee
 

Castle Style Wheel

Very similar in every way to the saxony style wheel but the flyer and bobbin are stacked vertically over the wheel.  There are many different types of modern wheel with this set up like the Ashford Traveller, and Majacraft wheels.  Here's a video!

 

Modern Louet Irish Tension Wheel

I love this Wheel! It was my very first wheel, I named her Dolly ( after Dolly Parton of course) She currently lives with my mom and makes lots of lovely yarn for CHY.  The Louet is a great wheel for beginners and seasoned alike. They are also the most popular Irish tension wheels I know of.  More on that below.  Here's my video comparing the Louet to the Pollywog.  

 

The Spinolution Pollywog

This is the Wheel that most of this course will be shot on. I love this wheel I find it very affordable, versailles portable, and fabulously made like all of the spinolution wheels,  as a dealer I'm naturally biased, but the only reason I got into that aspect of my business in the first place was because they were just so cool and well made that I just couldn't shut up about them so it seemed like the next logical step.  This is a modern, small scotch tension spinning wheel.  It runs on ball barrings which makes this wheel magically smooth and you can see that while it is very modern it is a castle set up ( well isn't that cool) 

 

The Spinolution King Bee

I'm including this wheel as in example of spinning wheel evolution.  You will also be seeing this wheel a bit through out the course.  This Wheel can fold into a box which is why instead of one large wheel it has two smaller drive wheels.  It also has the bobbin and flyer located on top like the pollywog.  The Lazy Kate for plying is removable and is located on the side.  Here's my review if you'd like to see more.  

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Irish Tension vs Scotch Tension

Irish tension the band goes around the bobbin, Scotch the band goes around the flyer head not the bobbin.