Spinning wheels are typically classified by their general appearance. As new concepts are developed, this classification becomes a little blurred, but basically you have Saxony (horizontal), castle (vertical), Norwegian (horizontal on a bench) and what we call "modern", which can take on many forms, including folding and electric wheels. You can also purchase a spindle wheel which uses a spindle, rather than a bobbin, to hold the spun yarn.
Stop by our showroom and take one of our many floor model wheels for a test spin.
Features and options vary from one wheel to the next, but some things to consider include single or double treadle, wheel diameter, type of wood, size of orifice, size of bobbin, extra bobbins, additional speed control whorls, and distaffs.
ACCESSORIES: Hand cards, combs, hackles or drum carder, flick cards, niddy noddy or skeinwinder, spinning stool or spinning chair, ball winder, swift, spinning gauge, extra bobbins, lace flyer, high speed flyer, jumbo flyer, yarn balance, spinning books and spinning DVDs/videos. Appearance matters to some. Having a wheel that looks like an old style wheel or wheel that will match the character of a house or furnishings adds additional considerations.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED: Carded fiber (or raw fleece and hand cards), a threading hook (may be included with wheel), a niddy noddy, instructional book ("Hands on Spinning", "The Ashford Book of Spinning", "Handspinning - Teach Yourself Visually") or DVD ("Spinning Wool - Basics and Beyond”), & spinning wheel oil (maybe included with wheel).
- Selecting a Wheel
- Spinning Wheel Maintenance
- Ashford Spinning Wheels
- Babe Spinning Wheels
- Bluebonnet Spinning Wheels
- Kromski Spinning Wheels
- Lendrum Spinning Wheels
- Louet Spinning Wheels
- Majacraft Spinning Wheels
- Merlin Tree Spinning Wheels
- Roberta Electric Spinning Wheels
- Schacht Spinning Wheels
- Charka & Spindle Wheels
- Clemes & Clemes Spinning Wheels