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« on: August 19, 2008 06:29:05 PM »

Is there a trick to finding a chair of an appropriate height for spinning on a specific wheel or any number of wheels for that matter?

In this case, I'm trying to find a chair to use with my grandmother's antique Quebec production wheel (which I just spent the last 4 days deep cleaning... the wood is a lot lighter than I had initially guessed). I'm 5'8" and the orifice is decently low, so is there any hope I'll ever find an appropriate height of chair that will minimize strain on my back? I'm supposed to do a spinning demo at the local fair this weekend and the chair I thought would work because it's quite low just seemed to make the situation worse. I realize that this may not be a fixable issue so any input that will help me figure out what to use is greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008 07:41:59 PM »

I find that using a chair that let's your legs rest on the treadle(s) so that your thighs are horizontal when you're treadling comfortably works well.  I find it easier to adjust where my hands and arms are in relation to the orifice, rather than squishing my legs.  Also, when I'm spinning, I tend to sit more on the front edge of the chair, but I think that's just my preference as it allows a bit more freedom of leg movement.

My mother had a stool that my grandfather made for her which was a comfortable sitting height and she's used this with all her spinning wheels over the years.

I don't know if this will help at all, I'm 5'11" and my wheel is quite tall . . . lol

Good luck at the fair!

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2008 06:08:42 AM »

I'm with Apulia about using a chair where your feet rest on the pedals and your thighs are horizontal or *slightly* angled down.

The chair should offer lower back support and you should lean back into it. 

The height of the orifice should be of no consequence - ideally your hands will not be right up next to it but a good yard or so back.

I'm only 5'4", but I have a couple ruptured discs in my lower back.  There is far less strain on my lower and upper back when I sit with my hands away from the oriface.

Have fun with your spinning demo at the fair!  I hope you 'enable' a lot more fiber artists!
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2008 07:57:46 AM »

I third these motions.   Grin

Your chair should fit you, not your wheel.  The last thing you want is to be stuck spinning in a chair that is too short for you.  I'm 5' 8", too, and have tolerated my fair share of spin-ins where the chairs were just too short for my legs.  You end up feeling completely tuckered out and kinda miserable. 

So pick a chair that you like, that gives you support and fits you.  Like mullerslanefarm said, the position of the oriface doesn't matter...you should spin some distance back from it.  Pretend it's not there, and that the world revolves around what you're doing with your hands.  Your wheel could be across the room, downstairs, or around the block...the important thing is your drafting and handling of the fiber. 

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Sometimes I spin lounging on the couch.  And when I say lounging, I mean *lounging*, with one leg dangling off the side doing the treadling.  Watch out, folks...laziness has just been taken to a whole new level!   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008 07:00:33 PM »

Sometimes I spin lounging on the couch.  And when I say lounging, I mean *lounging*, with one leg dangling off the side doing the treadling.  Watch out, folks...laziness has just been taken to a whole new level!   Cheesy

I gotta try this sometime! lol  Does it work with a double treadle wheel, though? :p
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2008 07:01:36 PM »


*Confession*
Sometimes I spin lounging on the couch.  And when I say lounging, I mean *lounging*, with one leg dangling off the side doing the treadling.  Watch out, folks...laziness has just been taken to a whole new level!   Cheesy

OMG, Nicolassa, that image just cracked me up.  Was someone feeding you grapes too?  Haha.  I do the same thing though, especially when plying, I just start slouching from my nice perky posture and throw one leg off onto a coffee table or whatnot while the other treadles.  I'll start to fall asleep while spinning if it's late and I'm not sitting up straight; it's so relaxing!

Everyone is right about the wheel high not being an issue.  Take the Hitchhiker, for example, whose orifice high is probably no more than a foot off the ground!  I have a Traveller and sit in a regular ol' wooden dining room chair with a pillow behind me for lumbar support.  That seems to be the key, for me anyway. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008 07:57:39 AM »

Apulia, it totally works with a double treadle!  Mine's a DT.  A DT can always be used as a ST if you so desire!   Which is nice when my right ankle reminds me that I sprained it 6 years ago and didn't bother going to a doctor.   Wink

And cloudlover, my dear, of course my DH Josh feeds me grapes AND fans me while I lounge and spin.  This is why I married him.   Cheesy 

My apartment is teeny tiny, and the couch doesn't directly face the TV, so when Josh and I watch movies, I do the lounging/spinning thing.  I'm sure it's awful and the spinning police will probably hunt me down.  But I can't just sit there watching a movie twiddling my thumbs!  I've gotta spin!  Know what I mean? 
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2008 03:44:27 PM »

But I can't just sit there watching a movie twiddling my thumbs!  I've gotta spin!  Know what I mean?

I hear you - I'm always spinning or knitting while watching tv.  I think it drives my DH a bit mental sometimes that I can't just sit still.  But I will confess, occasionally I will do the ironing while watching a movie too.  I think that bothers him more!
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2008 07:21:50 PM »

I've decided that one of those nylon foldout chairs (the ones that you fold back and they fit into a carry bag that's reminiscent of a yoga mat type) is a pretty decent spinning chair, particularly for an outside demo situation. I have to remind myself to sit back into the chair, but it really helped out my back and it almost didn't hurt at all. I think I probably put more strain on my back while I was prepping fibre than while spinning.
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2008 05:26:24 PM »

I have a little, metal fold away stool I bought at Wal  Mart for, I don't know, 8 bucks. I love it. I can't imagine spinning on anything else (while I watch TV. suspense movies are the best for spinning because as I get all wound up in the movie, I treadle faster!!) but I'm only 5'4".
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