I had to copy paste the pic and lighten it in Paint, my monitor was too dark to see the pic of the wheel itself. while it needs no treadle, it still will need a spindle assembly http://www.spwhsl.com/faqlink.htm if you scroll down, they have pics of the different mounting assemblies for a spindle wheel. If you know a woodworker, a minor's head assembly is pretty easy, and it allows the wheel to go faster, because rather than direct drive, where the wheel is attached to the spindle, the drive band is attached to the minor's had, and then by a pulley to the spindle, accelerating the spindle.
Some great wheels do have treadles, though, the use of treadle-operated great wheels dates back to late 17th century Italy. Some also have flyer assemblies. Flyer assembly "walking" wheels date back to medieval times :)Personally, I find them awkward in the extreme. Flyer wheels are a pain without a treadle, and there's no sense to having a great wheel rather than a smaller wheel if you're treadling. Great wheels were still common in England until the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th, despite the fact that the treadle driven flyer wheel had been around for centuries. I'm afraid that trying to date/ID a great wheel will be hard, without some identifying marks.......
Well, you seem to have two parts, an old spinning wheel (not a loom, those are for weaving cloth, not spinning thread ) that is missing the actual spinning assemby, and a skein winder. The skein winder probably works, the wheel won't without a spinning assembly. Making your own flyer/bobbins is hard, but it is pretty easy to make a quill assembly, and then it would be useable. As it is a great wheel (referring to size, not quality), a quill spindle would even be traditional (the "spindle" in the sleeping beauty story). Does it have a foot treadle?
I would say a range of spindles and more fiber. I think one of the most important thing is figuring out the kind and weight of spindle you are most comfortable with, and then playing with a variety of fibers to see how they all owrk and how you like working with different types.For a ball winder and swift, well, really, the back of a chair and your fingers will work for those, so probably not necessary right off the bat. The next thing I would get would probably be hand carders. I have a drum carder, but I feel like working with the hand carders for a goodly while first gave me a lot more knowledge and control over what comes out of the carder. I still use them for some fibers, and a drum carder can make neps in very fine fibers if you aren't careful. You could also make yourself for under $10 a hackle for blending fibers, and the spring spin-off has good instructions on working with a hackle. It gives you a smoother finished product than carding, and lets you blend very different staple length fibers. I like to have a few different weights of spindles, but you can even make your own, from toy wheels, polymer clay, egg cups, pretty much anything round or that you can make round that you can put a stick through. Hope these suggestions help. (The other thing is, I like having a wheel more than ANY of the other toys!! If I just had a spindle, I probably wouldn't have the rest of the toys, either, since it takes me a lot longer to spindle)
I may be wrong, but I believe that the recycled silk we get for spinning is usually not already woven fabric that was destroyed, but the leftover threads from weaving the fabric. You could cut squares out of the fabric and pull each thread out........
Agent Almost- I think I'm with you on this one. I like the sort of collective learning atmosphere of some ___alongs I've done. I dunno that it has to be limited to fiber type/yarn type, but it should hav at least a different topic than the current challenge. The challenges on the knitting board and crochet board are the "theme" type challenges, and those seem to allow a huge range of freedom, which I love. There are a ton of knitalongs going on at any one time, concurrently with the challenge, so I don't see that those need to be mutually exclusive. Maybe we could do both? Or just start with the spin alongs and see how they go, and if people participate, add a challenge, too?
I like the idea in theory, but how would it work? Would we all spin one type of fiber, like wool or silk, or would we all spin one type of yarn, like sock yarn or boucle?? One spinning list I'm on had a cotton spin along, since a lot of us hadn't ever really worked with the short stapled stuff, and we all posted pics of our skeins, and tips/tricks we were learning... Is that the sort of thing you had in mind?
Is it possible that you're overtwisting it? Soft fibers feeling harsh when spun up is usually due to putting in too much twist. Tencel has a fairly long staple, so it doesn't need a ton of twist to keep it together. Try winding off a length of it and using your spindle to untwist it a little bit (not too much, or it'll break ), and see if that helps?