Thursday, September 27, 2012

Foster Mom

Well, I'm trying my hand at being a foster parent-no-not a real kid.  It's an antique spinning wheel that belongs to my BFF (Yup, Carol, that's you).  I talked her into letting me take it home to see if I could get it working. Well, I polished it up, oiled it, made a new drive band and had it going in no time.  One problem was a horrible screechy squeak-with my windows open, I'm sure the whole neighborhood heard, and wondered if I was strangling a cat.  Oil didn't do it, so out came the candle wax.  I applied it about 5 times before it finally quieted down.  But, the squeak sounded like it was saying the name Judith Anne-so with Carol's okay we named her Judith Anne-I call her Judie.  Once I figured out the ins and outs of double drive I spun up some Egyptian cotton I've had packed away for a couple years, did some lace weight wool for a shawl I want to make, and-I bought some flax and started to spin that.  I had to make a distaff for it-parts of it were missing. So I dug up a couple dowels and fashioned a usable distaff.

Flax-interesting stuff.  I researched every website and Youtube video I could find.  It is very different to spin.  Not especially hard-just different.  I can get it pretty thin without it breaking, but I don't think it will become fine linen.  More along the lines of rope.  Oh well, at least I can claim to be a pretty well rounded spinner now.

4 comments:

  1. Hooray for getting that beautiful wheel back into working order. I wonder about spinning Flax too. I tried some Hemp this Summer and you definitely have to give it more twist or it breaks.

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  2. Now that is awesome... you saved Judith Anne, spun Egyptian Cotton and Flax. Very impressed with your Mad Skillz over here. :-)

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  3. That's a beautiful spinning wheel. Sounds like a fun undertaking with all the different fibers. I've been fascinated with the process of harvesting flax but haven't attempted spinning any. Your distaff looks great on there. Happy spinning!

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  4. Bravo for revamp that beautiful spinning wheel, I'm on the look out for a secondhand spinning wheel, if ever I find one I wish I'd have the skills to make it new again. I'm very impressed with your spinning cotton and flax, it'd be years until I'm confident enough to try those.

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