A History of the Spinning Wheel

A History of the Spinning Wheel

So these Spinning in Cowgirl Boots posts got started kind of by accident. I found myself spinning yarn from some really yummy off-white (undyed) fiber which was totally different than the previous batch of yummy off-white fiber I had been working with… even though it looked exactly the same in every picture I took. Its difficult to convey the experience of handspinning yarn in pictures or words because so much of that activity is tactile. Its in the feel of the fiber and the feel of the finished yarn. If the fiber/yarn is always the same color, there ain’t much to keep a blog reader interested.

So I decided, on that particular evening, to bag the idea of a pictures & words post and to just turn on the camera and start talking about one of my favorite subjects: the history of all things yarn related. It was kind of fun but when I went back and watched the video I realized the only thing interesting in there was my stupid cowgirl boots. Otherwise it was a pretty dull video.

But I posted it anyway. I make it a policy to not think too hard about or obsess over these posts because its the only way I can get 6 a week done. Boy was I surprised when people seemed to like it. I’ll admit that it made me think to myself “my blog readers are a strange bunch”. But people do seem to like them so I keep making them. In fact, the author of Hand Spinning News (which is a lovely and free newsletter and you should subscribe to it) includes every Spinning in Cowgirl Boots post I make in her newsletter.

So I’ve made another and I think this one is long overdue. Its the History of the Spinning Wheel. Enjoy!

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Fascinating! I am learning to spin with a drop spindle. I loved both the history of the spinning wheel AND watching you handle the fiber. You make it look so easy. I am determined to learn this new skill and watching you spin is very helpful.

I’d love a spinning wheel, but my husband insists that I reduce my HUGE stash first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks again for a wonderful video!

Julia K
Yay! Spinning in Cowgirl Boots! Re: that bamboo slat, hand-crank spinning thing, maybe spinning was a job for two people. One cranked and the other handled fiber. But that’s just a guess. There is a long history in the Asian arts depicting technology (Chinese, Korean, Indian — a good way to say how smart everybuggy is, for having figured out how to make hand-cranks and same-size spokes and faster yarn) — but it wasn’t always true to how things actually worked. The artist was expected to do Art, meaning make it beautiful, and have superior depth/perspective, as well as include… Read more ยป
Shiela Dixon

That puts things in perspective! Thank you for the link Jenn and thank you for another absorbing video. Keep it up :0)

Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

Those boots are FABULOUS!