Spinning Day

During the Christmas holidays I got together with 2 friends to do some spinning. I was trying to do some art yarn with a Lendrum wheel I rented from local guild, Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild.

I borrowed it because it had a bulky head with a large orifice. Unfortunately the drive band was really tight so it made the wheel very difficult to treadle so I didn’t get a lot done but learn that I would like to do some more art yarns, so now I am saving to get the bulky head for my Ashford traveler. I had a little trouble trying to ply one batch and ended up with a big tangle of yarn.

Getting in a tangle while trying to ply from both ends

My friend Judy brought her Babe Big River Spinner wheel for us to try.

It’s an interesting wheel made from plastic pipe and it has a quill (long sharp spike) rather than a flyer.

You have to spin off the end of the spike. It is a very fast wheel and you build up to much twist very quickly. It was fun to give it a try.All in all it was a fun day with friends even if I didn’t end up with much yarn to show for it.

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10 Responses to Spinning Day

  1. ruthlane says:

    It looks like you had a fun day and I’m sure those little bits of yarn will come in handy for something felted!

  2. Judy says:

    Hey Ann, we did have fun that day. Hope we can do it again soon.

  3. Karen says:

    Looks like fun all round Ann and nice to see you, your yarn turned out lovely to πŸ™‚

  4. shepherdessann says:

    Thanks Ruth and Karen, I am sure I will find a use for the yarn. Judy we will get a picture of you spinning next time. Linda managed to hide behind her hair.

  5. Mireille Gagnon Moes says:

    Anne,
    I also have a Lendrum spinning wheel. Not the newer model with the double pedal, but an older model with the one treadle. It came with the jumbo flyer which also had its own driving band, apart from the driving band for the other head and flyers. Could the drive band be the wrong size? Did you have a loose tension on the bobbin? Anyhow, it looks like it was a fun afternoon!

  6. shepherdessann says:

    Mireille, in the end we decided that was the problem, the band was just to tight. we adjusted the flyer assembly down as far as it would go and it was still to tight. I couldn’t get it treadling properly. It didn’t want to come all the way back up. I let them know at the guild and they are going to get a longer band to go with it.

  7. zedster66 says:

    I’d love to try a spinning wheel, it really does look fun πŸ™‚

  8. shepherdessann says:

    It is fun zed. Are there not spinning groups near you?

    • zedster66 says:

      No, I’ve never been able to find any kind of fibre based groups near me, which is weird given the history of our city

  9. koffipot says:

    Very nice yarns Ann. Looks like a fun day too.

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