Spinning Wheels Embody Magic. Creation. Timelessness.
My First Spinning Wheel was a Style Referred to as the Indian Head Spinner.
Other Traditional Spinning Wheels Often Have Considerably Smaller Bobbins.
I have purchased, and inherited many spinning wheels now over the years. I think my collection stands at 6 in total. My favourite wheel these days is my Ashford double treadle “Kiwi” model. I like the action of having both my feet involved. I LOVE spinning novelty art yarns as mentioned. I LOVE dying wool. I gravitate to rainbow colors, blended in a myriad of ways, creating unique and one of a kind works of Fiber Art.
I like creating something that others can use as a supply for their own works of ﬁber art. It is an incredibly rewarding feeling to create a material for others to use for themselves in their own ﬁber works. Different than simply creating yarn for myself to use, which is a practice I continue to do as well.
Sitting at a Spinning Wheel
Spinning a balanced yarn takes practice. Not too much twist (overspun), nor too little twist (the yarn has no ‘integrity’ and breaks very easily). It has become something I can personally do with little effort, that is second nature. I can watch movies with my son and carry on conversations while i spin. It has become prayer to me. It carries weight. It captures moments. Many a movie with my son, I have combined colours and sat at my spinning wheel.
This Summer There Were so Many Wildﬁres Near Our Home.
What is art? Good ol’ Merriam Webster dictionary states..
“something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings”
Spinning wheels are tools of creation. Personally, my spinning wheel has become my vessel for expression. It has become a way for me to create a supply or material for others to express their imagination, through simple crafting or potentially through a deeper practice of Fiber Art. I think, most importantly the spinning wheel has become a crucial ingredient in my life~ for a more peaceful headspace and personal daily practice. It has become a way I can deeply connect with the ‘older ways’. It is a mechanism whereby I can transport myself into a fairy tale, into memories of long ago, a timelessness and an expression of myself through my Fiber Art.