Ennea EScouter 22.11.2013

by Lori Law

Pretty little maidens, all in a row.

I probably don’t need to say more.  Some of you are already scrolling onwards looking for the eye candy.

But, just for the sake of an introduction, this week, we’ll have a look at some pretty (and/or unique) spinning wheels.  What do you think, do looks matter when it comes to spinning wheels?  Or would you rather just concentrate on the dirt – ratio, style, bobbin size, treddle(s)….  What do you look for in a spinning wheel?  Feel free to share with us on our Ravelry forum.  :)

I am a very visual person, so I would love to be able to spin on something which is not only functional, but gorgeous.  The downside, I think, would be a fear of theft or damage, which could, I would think, lead to issues obtaining replacement parts.

Golding Fiber Tools Spinning Wheels

These wheels probably rank up there with the best of the best on the planet, in my opinion.  I have not ever taken opportunity to spin on one, but I’m quite certain it would not disappoint.

The options, aside from their gorgeousness, are endless… multiple flyers, choice of wood/style, customization; some models even incorporate gemstones into their designs.  Some of them list prices which are higher than the price of a new-model vehicle.  But, hey, if you have the wheel, do you really need the car?  ;)

 This one melts my heart.

Images © Golding Fiber Tools. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m fairly certain it’s pretty tricky to beat Goldings for style, details and just plain uniquely gorgeous presentation.

But there are others out there which fall a little (or a lot) outside the realm of what one might consider to be standard presentation when it comes to spinning wheels.

Sabrina Wheels

These are handmade wheels, with special attention to details and types of wood.  Combined with a metal wheel, they are based on spinning wheels models from the turn of the 20th century.

 Image © Ztwist.

Olympic Spinning Wheels

These, although featuring less scroll-work carving than the Goldings, are works of art, just the same.  Each is hand-made as a sculptural piece, featuring direct drive, Scotch tension and a guarantee that they are quiet spinners.  They also have large bobbins.  And each is unique and beautiful.

 

Images © Olympic Spinning Wheels.

Antique Wheels

When I come across wheels (or images of them) which are several hundred years old, I am usually awed by the workmanship as well as the age and how so many of them still spin.  Are you an antique wheel hunter?  Or do you prefer modern wheels?

This one dates between 1700-1800.

And then there are the Canadian Production Wheels, AKA CPWs, AKA Quebec Wheels.  I would probably have one of these if I had a safe place to spin with it in my home.  As it is, I don’t.  They are HUGE.  And beautifully made.  Most of them date from

Here’s a video showing how they spin :

Canadian Production Wheel, from this site about the history of textile skills.

Check out more photos of antique wheels here.

Ok, back to the present.  A few more pretties for us to gaze at:  An Artisan Wheel (at left) by Acadia Wheel and Loom.

And a Hitchhiker (below).  I’ve never quite grown fond of the ‘foot’ pedal (shaped like a foot) but I do appreciate the beauty in this designs and other decorative work on them seen around the Web:


Image © Northwoods Dyeworks.

As usual, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

(And I want to mention I am not receiving any compensation from any of the vendors/artists featured.)

Want to see more?   Here are a few Pinterest boards which have collected a bevy of gorgeous and interesting wheels from around the web :  spinning wheel, by Car Rege and Spinneweilen/Spinning Wheels, by Janny ten Haaf.

Don’t forget about our handmade holidays thread in our Ravelry forum.  Are you making gifts by hand this year?  let us know!  There will be prizes!  As the holidays come to a close, we’ll pick 3 random posters to win an exclusive something from Ennea (we’re still putting together final prize determinations).  Our draw will be held around Jan.6.2014.  Happy crafting!

And don’t forget to check out our pattern listings, many of which are one-skein projects perfect for gift-giving.

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