Saturday Are Meant For … Spinning Wheels !

The music of the spinning wheel will be as balm to your soul. - Mahatma Gandhi

While my hubby is busy watching college football, I decided it was a great time to clean, polish and oil my girls.  Living in a desert can take its toll on our antiques and my wheels.  They get dry quickly and need to be nourished often. It’s amazing how quickly our wood pieces soak up the polish (Feed-n-Wax by Howard Products) and even more amazing how quickly they dry out.

My Ashford Traveller was an antique store find. She was in really bad shape but came to live quickly and she spins wonderfully. I still need to find a few more bobbins for her, and a Lazy-Kate too.  I think I need to plan something to spin on her soon.


My single treadle vintage Schacht Matchless was a Goodwill find that joined my family of wheels last year. This poor wheel was so dry and had seen too much love.  I am still trying to get the hang of spinning on her but I can say I have loved spinning Shetland wool on her.


The Matchless on the right was purchased used from Carma up at Fibercreek in Prescott.  This was my dream wheel to own and was so excited when she came home with us. You can read more here.


And then there’s my Flatiron, Matchless and Ladybug.  All spin quite differently and I love them all.

So it’s been a great morning and the girls look beautiful and happy.  I think spinning might be in store this afternoon.

What are you up to today?

6 comments

  1. OMG I'm just ... I'm sorry, but I do have an Ashford Kiwi spinning wheel, but I never qaxed and cleaned it once (I know, I know), and I have never used it properly either, because the one time I did spin for a few days, it earned me a tendonitis in my knee, because apparently, the couch is not a good place to sit for spinning.

    I did find a "how to" on knitty.com how to clean your wheel, but may I ask - how long does it take for waach wheel to be cleaned and oiled and then to dry? And can I do that inside? Autumn is in full swing here and it has been quite cold and wet already.

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    1. Julia you are just to darn cute! You can definitely clean, polish/wax, and oil your wheel indoors. The Ashford Kiwi is an awesome little wheel, I use to have one and it was my first wheel. Regular maintenance is important to keep it spinning smoothly. Check this out for suggestions

      https://www.ashford.co.nz/support/faq?tag=maintenance%20(spinning%20wheel)

      Hope this helps and you can spin immediately after cleaning ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    2. Thank you so, so much, honestly. I'll try it out - probably not today, but we'll see ... Maybe? ;) I'll blog about how it goes! :)

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  2. I need to take a spinning class to learn more about what you are talking about. You have an amazing collection of wheels.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah. ๐Ÿ˜Š Many shops that carry wheels have classes and you can also check out online shops, like Craftsy.

      https://www.craftsy.com/weaving-spinning/weaving-spinning-classses/#

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  3. I am not a spinner nor do I have the desire to learn. However......I absolutely love spinning wheels and the beauty of them. When my LYS was alive, I just enjoyed sitting, knitting and looking at their wheels.

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