Junk Store Treasures
A favourite past-time of mine when I travel is to visit second-hand shops. Hidden away in a dusty
corner, I sometimes find antique spinning wheels, looms and other textile
treasures. I cant take them all home with me, so the next best thing is
to take photos. Here are a few.
Saxony Style Spinning Wheels
Quebec Production Wheel
I found this lovely wheel at Neat Stuf in Thrums, BC
(I couldnt resist it spins beautifully, so I brought this one home.)
Cook Spinning Wheel
Another wheel found at Neat Stuf
made by J. Cook
AMAZON Handspinning Books
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn
The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
The Practical Spinners Guide Cotton, Flax, Hemp (Practical Spinners Guides)
Spin Flax & Cotton: Traditional Techniques with Norman Kennedy
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning: Being A Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinions On the Noble Art & Craft
The Knitters Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber
The Intentional Spinner
EBAY SPINNING WHEELS
SPINNING WHEELS US
SPINNING WHEELS UK
Last Updated on April 24, by Paivi Suomi
By Paivi Suomi
I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi SuomiView all of Paivi Suomis posts.
Antique spinning wheel identification can seem incredibly daunting for people considering that spinning wheels look so similar to the untrained eye. Yet, if you arm yourself with the knowledge of a few simple characteristics you can better prepare yourself to investigate these charming textile machines. While spinning natural fibers into threads can be a tiresome process, understanding the origins of the antique spinning wheel covered in cobwebs in your grandmother's garage doesn't have to be.
Brief History of Spinning Wheel Technology
Spinning wheels have been used in one form or another for centuries, as their pulley-based system was the main way for humans to spin natural fibers into actually usable threads. Some important developments in the spinning wheel's history that The Spinning Wheel Sleuth notes include the addition of bobbin/flyer mechanisms in the 16th century, "which make spinning continuous and therefore faster," and the introduction of the foot-pedal in the 17th century. With the industrialization of the textile industry came the decline of widespread use of these spinning wheels, and the introduction of synthetic fibers sealed the spinning wheel's fate. However, the modern craft movement has encouraged a new generation of people to learn this textile art.Related Articles
Parts of a Spinning Wheel
These are some of the most important elements you'll come across on an antique spinning wheel. The presence, or lack thereof, of these parts can be an early indication of the age and style of an antique spinning wheel.
- Drive Wheel/Flywheel - The spoked wheel that extends horizontally or vertically and creates the spinning motion
- Treadle/Pedal - The foot pedal at the base of the spinning wheel which, when pressed, activates the drive wheel
- Flyer & Bobbin - The u-shaped part of the spinning wheel which holds a bobbin (that collects the spun threads)
- Mother of All - The front panel so-to-speak of the spinning wheel which holds an adjustment knob, the flyer, bobbin, and maiden bar
- Maiden Bars - The vertical bars which hold the flyer mechanism in place
Antique Spinning Wheel Identification
Here are a few different identifiers to help you better assess the age and region that an antique spinning wheel might have originated from.
Unfortunately, identifying the manufacturer of an antique spinning wheel will require much more effort than a simple Google search. Antique spinning wheels were not always marked with a maker's mark, and some of these marks come from companies that have been out of production for decades or even centuries. This requires assistance from a specialist, such as Greenville, SC's own Spinning Wheel Antiques & Appraisals. Getting into contact with a spinning wheel or textile appraiser will be an important first step in dating your wheel.
Signs of Age and Use
If you're unsure whether or not your antique spinning wheel really is antique, then you can look over the spinning wheel's different parts and determine if they're uniform in nature or asymmetrical. Since production standards were not in effect when most antique spinning wheels were created, asymmetrical pieces can be an early indication of the wheel's genuine age. Similarly, you can look at parts that would be heavily manipulated like the treadle and flyer and see if there are any obvious signs of wear.
Antique Spinning Wheel Styles
If you can't find an appraiser to look over your antique spinning wheel, there are things you can assess on your own that will give you an estimation as to your antique spinning wheel's style, and when and/or where it originated from.
Saxony Spinning Wheels
These spinning wheels were the first to include a treadle and bobbins and the earliest evidence of these can be traced back to
Norwegian Spinning Wheel
Norwegian wheels bear a strong resemblance to Saxony wheels, although they include four legs and a bench frame
Charkha, a tabletop style of spinning, is the oldest form of spinning and originated in India. This tabletop would eventually be made upright and become the conventional spinning wheel we know today.
Irish Castle Wheel
Castle wheels shifted the flyer from sitting in front of the wheel to above the wheel and allowed these machines to take up less space.
Walking Wheel/Wool Wheel
The disproportionately large-wheeled walking wheels (meant to be operated while standing) were brought to the American colonies during exploration and were used well-into the 19th century, until textile mills made the spinning process more efficient.
These large spinning wheels from the lateth century showcase a hand crank and multiple spools, and were an early move towards textile industrialization
Antique Spinning Wheel Values
The spinning wheel market is incredibly unique because of its nicheness, but quality antique spinning wheels can be worth a significant amount of money, in part because of how many pieces are required to make the mechanism work. One of the most expensive spinning wheels ever sold was a charkha spinning wheel presented to a supporter of Indian independence by Mahatma Gandhi which was appraised at $75, You can also find a plethora of antique spinning wheels and spinning wheel parts on sites like Ebay and Etsy, and most of these wheels are priced between $$
Antique Spinning Wheels and Their Uses
If you happen to find, or already own, a working antique spinning wheel then now might be the time to take up new hobby. However, if your grandmother's spinning wheel from the garage is in serious disrepair, you can always repurpose its parts to create a cottage-style wall-decoration for your home.
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Yikes Ive bought two more spinning wheels within the last week! Ive actually bought three within the last couple of months but I sold one of them. In December I found this lovely Little Peggy spinning wheel for sale on Ebay and I won the bidding at $
It had been nicely restored and was a good find. As I already have a Little Peggy I decided to sell this one and managed to get $ for it. This little one even came with the original threading hook which I didnt have so I kept her!
Last Saturday I bought this Ettrick Standard on Gumtree for $
I used my magic concoction of 50% boiled linseed oil and 50% pure gum turps to give her a quick clean and polish and she looks beautiful now!
That little hole is for the threading hook which I have gotjust forgot to put it back before I took the photo!
Here it is!
The treadle/footman had a bit of dodgy string so Ive since used some leather to fix it up.
And today I picked up this Ashford Traditional plus some accessories that I won on Ebay for $
A bargain considering it includes two hand carders plus the Lazy Kate (and four bobbins). There was also the original user manual plus some other printed spinning literature.
As soon as I got home I gave her a nice coating of my magic concoction and she came up a treat.
The leather piece that joins the footman and treadle had completely broken however the previous owner had also given me some pieces of leather so I fashioned a new one and voila!
Luckily I had an Ashford maintenance kit as I had to replace all the hooks, spring, drive belt and I also have a nice new threading hook too!
I was going to on-sell this little wheel as I already have an Ashford Traditional however Im quite smitten with the colour of this one so Ill hang on to her for a while I think.
Im quite happy with these two bargains within the last week.
I now have two Ashford Traditionals, one Ashford Traveller, one Little Peggy, one Wee Peggy, one Tarra Carousel and one Ettrick Standard. Seven spinning wheels youre no doubt thinking. I know! I know! Im crazy arent I? I mean you can only use one at a time cant you?
L to R: Spinning chair, Ashford Traveller and Tarra Carousel.
L to R: Little Peggy, Wee Peggy, Ettrick Standard, new Ashford Traditional, my first ever spinning wheel Ashford Traditional.
L to R: Ettrick Standard and two Ashford Traditionals.
L to R: Little Peggy, Wee Peggy and Ettrick Standard.
Now I need to get cracking and start using them all. I know Ive said it before and Ill say it again.there are just not enough hours in the day.
I think my new mantra should be I will not look at Ebay and Gumtree, I will not look at Ebay and Gumtree.. What do you think?
Until next time
Your friend made me happy. The candle has crept on the fours to Nazar. His member has begun to gain strength.
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She did not hide from my gaze, but she was embarrassed. When not a single thread was left on it, I felt like I was making a fool. There was no need to get attached. I wanted to touch her. Feel.Jonathan Bosworth, creator of spinning wheels, charkhas, and spindles - Rhinebeck 2008 - lk2g-053
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