Saturday, January 10, 2009


I posted photos back in September from the Endless Mountains Fiber Festival where Cyndy got the double flyer working, spinning on it with both hands.

At the time Cyndy felt that it would be better to find a way to wet the flax as it was spun. Spinning dry didn’t smooth it as much as wet spinning and now and then stray fibers caught in the flyer hooks and stopped the process.

Cyndy found a picture and description in Patricia Baines book, Spinning Wheels, Spinners & Spinning that seemed to suggest a wet sponge hung from the front of the horizontal distaff arm and the fingers or fibers were moistened on it.

We tried to simulate that, but it didn’t seem to work all that well so we'll have to try again sometime.

The wheel was squeaking some when we started and when made the video, but got quiet later, after some oiling.

This is just a quick peek at how it works. There is a longer video from a better angle here


Blogger cyndy said...

I think with some more practice, it might be possible to achieve what we set out to...I really wish there was an owner's manual we could refer to! HA!

It is a beautiful wheel, a joy to spin on!

1:35 PM  
Blogger LDSVenus said...

Wow how awesome, filling two bobbins at once. She makes it look so effortless. Beautiful wheel as well. Is it only for flax then?

10:03 PM  
Blogger Ineke said...

I spin on a double flyerwheel too and I use a mini turban mould, with the centre cut out, to fit on the distaff.

I use a spunge too but only when i spin on my single flyer wheel

Ineke from the Netherlands

12:40 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

She makes it look so easy but I remember trying it and it wasn't.

8:56 AM  

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