Today’s post is about Irish spinning wheels, wool and more. A random selection of resources to read or watch.
An old Irish song written by poet John Francis Waller in 1884, The Spinning Wheel, posted on YouTube in 2020:
One of my favorite documentaries about wool and spinning in Ireland:
Hands (Wool Spinning in Donegal)
A few videos on building a spinning wheel:
Until next time…
I found a PDF of the “Great Wheel Round Up” from the Fall 2008 issue of Spin-Off. The prices are outdated, though there is still great information on the wheels and their tension types. (Note: BO = Bobbin Lead = Irish Tension)
As the Wheel Turns (pdf, page 11) from Arizona.edu addresses Scotch tension and Indian Head tension wheels.
Under Tension Part 1 & Part 2 from the blog post New Zealand Spinning Wheels and Their Makers and Other Writings First published in Creative Fibre vol.16 no.3 (December 2013)
A short <4 minute video giving brief descriptions of Scotch, Irish and Double Drive tensions on spinning wheels from The Woolery:
A bit longer video (good for getting some spinning in while you watch/listen) on Spinning Wheel Tension, also posted on YouTube by The Woolery:
You will find that there are some spinning wheels that can change from double drive to a Scotch tension brake band, such as Ashford, Kromski and Jensen. Kromski North America has a few New Voyager Trading – Tim Talks videos out on YouTube. I found one on changing it over:
When your tension is all wrong. Spin-Off Spinning Tips: Troubleshooting article by Denise Jackson. This article was published in the Fall 2011 issue of Spin Off.
Best Practice: The tension knob should be loosened and the drive band dropped down and left loose. This will eliminate warping of the wheel and stretching of the drive band.
Hopefully, this has relieved some of your tension issues and your spinning is breezing along with smooth spinning.
Until next week…
L. whale knitting photo c. the 1764 shepherdess
An informative read about the Cowichan Sweater from the Canadian Encyclopedia
A newspaper clipping The Islander newspaper, pp. M1, M4 about The Wild & Woolly Cowichan Sweater, February 28, 1988.
A few videos to watch as you are spinning:
I hope you have enjoyed the bit of information I was able to find and share with you in today’s post about Cowichan sweaters.
My daughter’s husband and my grandchildren represent Washington State native culture, so as being “grammy” I will need to ensure they learn about the traditions of wool, spinning, knitting, and weaving with the history of Cowichan sweaters that I can find.
Wool is life, life with wool.