Posted on

Antique Wheel, and My Fiber Stash

Two announcements:

First, I was given a beautiful antique spinning wheel, which I’ve fixed up. It’s from the 1860s; I know when and where it was made, and it was an heirloom in a family that went west in the 1880s in a Conestoga wagon! I’m using the wheel now for my own projects, and I’m willing to spin commissions on it. (Your yarn has to be on the thin side, though, as the wheel won’t do thicker yarns.) For more on the wheel, check the related posts on my personal site. There are even videos of me using it.

Also, I have some really beautiful fiber in my stash these days. Let me know if you want to call dibs on any of it!

Multiple colors of wool.

(Click on pictures to embiggen.)

I hope you all are well. Happy holidays!

Posted on

The Grayson Loom

I didn’t name it after myself, I swear. The maker chose the name. It’s a warp-weighted loom (the style of loom used from ancient Sumeria through the Middle Ages) that I designed with a weaver/carpenter. It’s portable, and breaks down for storage. You can weave up to a four-shaft pattern with it once you get the hang of it. It’s great for reenactors and history nerds.

To see the story of the loom and info about it, go here. To purchase, it’s on Etsy here. I’m very excited to have helped create a reasonably priced WWL for people who don’t want to build their own!

Posted on

December? Already?!

A lot has happened since I last updated the shop. A friend from the weavers guild gave me a floor loom!

A large wooden floor loom.

It’s a Macomber Add-A-Harness, 40″ weaving width, with four shafts. I plan to upgrade it to eight when I’m able. I started a project on it, but haven’t had time to finish.

Why? Because I got a part-time job at the local yarn store, which just closed last month. My boss, the owner, had been running the shop for 34 years and was ready to retire. So I helped out until the end, and have been getting the leftover products ready to put on eBay and Etsy. I’ll share links when the time comes, as we’ll have some pretty good deals on yarn and needlepoint stuff.

Now that my life is a bit calmer, I plan to resume spinning for the shop, as well as finishing that weaving project. I have some other crafty plans, too, like learning to spin “in hand” for a medieval re-creation, and learning to spin flax. Should be fun!

Posted on

Tools of the Trade

Updated July 31th, 2023

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:

I recently got a book charkha, a type of Indian spinning wheel meant for cotton. It was a gift, and I’ve loved using it. I’m making my own embroidery thread at the moment.

If you want to know more about charkhas, here’s a good article from Spin-Off.

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

For cloth, a 40″ Macomber. It originally came with 4 shafts; I’ve since upgraded it to 10, and to 14 treadles.

A large wooden floor loom.

For sampling and for weaving on the go, a Leclerc Voyageur table loom (8 shafts, 9.5″ weaving width). I wouldn’t recommend this loom to anyone. It took me almost a year to figure out a comfortable weaving position for it.

And a Schacht Cricket 10″ rigid heddle:

For inkle and card-woven bands, a loom from Windhaven Fiber and Tools. It’s called the Harpsichord, and is enormous and can do an 18 foot band.

The difference between the Windhaven pic and my loom is that I had them made left-handed. So much easier to use for me!

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 Chiaogoo Twist (bamboo) interchangeable sets. I own both the 4″ and 5″ tips.

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