Collecting spinning wheels

Spinning wheels are such things of beauty.  Their steady whirring is soporific, and great fluffy batts of fiber become fine or thick, even or lumpy yarns.  One might wonder why a spinner has more than one wheel.  In the old days, when spinning was a necessity and the only way to get fabric, when every American home had a wheel and a loom, people only had one wheel.  There was no space for more!

But in the 20th and 21st centuries, when the ancient arts very nearly died out, those who resurrected them found meaning in the artistry rather than the necessity.  Which leads to this beautiful wheel, made by Schacht of Colorado.  It isn’t rare or unusual, just a very fine piece of workmanship that I love to use.  Even if you don’t know how to spin, don’t you want to just sit behind it, make it go around, admire the beautiful laminates?

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2 thoughts on “Collecting spinning wheels

  1. Are sleeping beauty spinning wheels from the 80s worth anything??? I see one online that looks pretty nice that I was thinking of buying

    1. It depends … There is a robust spinning community in many areas of the US and so there is plenty of interest in beautiful, functional wheels. If you want it for decor, it doesn’t matter if all the parts are there and it works. If you are thinking of learning to spin, start by taking a class and using a borrowed or rented wheel. Go to a fiber arts fair near you and talk to people, look at all the different wheels. It is sort of like buying a piano. You want to try it out before you buy, but can’t if you don’t know how to play it!

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