My Spinning Wheel Obsession

Some people collect dishes, some collect art and some collect antiques.  For me, I’m a collector of many things, especially spinning wheels.  I love spinning and I’m quite fascinated about how they work.  

I learned to spin on a gently used Ashford Traditional (I’m the third owner of this beautiful 1982 cherry wheel) and then moved on to a Kiwi and a Kiwi 2 (shown below.  I loved my Ashford wheels but my heart was yearning for a Schacht Matchless, which I was able to purchase a gently used wheel, along with the lazy kate and bobbins, from a local yarn shop for the fraction of the price of a new one.

My Matchless was my first Schacht product and I fell head over heels in love with this wheel.  It spins heavenly and I’ve produced beautiful hand spun skeins of yarn.  This wheel is solid maple and will last my lifetime, and hopefully longer.

As I’ve progressed over the years in spinning, I’ve also added a few more Schacht wheels to my collection – the Ladybug, the Sidekick and the Flatiron.

I’m still learning to spin on my Schacht Flatiron, but with patience and perseverance, I will get the hang of using her.  Right now my issue is tension and learning not to treadle too fast, which I often do.

This room is not very large, but it holds all my treasures, and then some.  As you can see in the photo below, this is where I spend my time spinning.  I love the cozy feel of this room and a few of our antique pieces houses fiber and a few finished fiber projects.  This room has lots of natural light during the day, so it makes it super nice for spinning!

Do you have a special place that you spin ?

Until next time ~ happy crafting!

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