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Tools of the Trade

Updated June 15th, 2018

I thought I’d do a post about the tools I use to make things for both myself and the shop.  (Product photos are from the manufacturers, as I can’t take a good picture of some of these.)

My spinning wheel is an original Ashford Joy single treadle, made sometime before 2002.  It’s a travel wheel that folds up and weighs about 11 pounds, if I remember correctly.

Instead of the original flyer, I use a Woolee Winder.  Its bobbins are much larger than the Joy’s, and it takes up the yarn without me having to stop to change hooks.  It looks similar to this:

For weaving, I have several looms. Some see more use than others.

For cloth, the Schacht Cricket 15″:

For inkle and card-woven bands, two looms from Windhaven Fiber and Tools: the Ukulele (which is tiny at 10″ long)…

and the Harpsichord, which is enormous and can do an 18 foot band.

 

All three see a lot more use than my poor, neglected XL tapestry loom from Funum Studio.

I do, however, use my smaller tapestry looms quite a bit.  I have the Tiny and Intermediate looms by Hokett, which both look like this (but in different sizes and woods):

 

Most of my knitting is done with a Chiaogoo Twist interchangeable set.

That covers all the big stuff.  I have a swift and ball winder, a skeinwinder, and a billion knitting notions…