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« on: March 28, 2011 11:08:09 PM »


So I picked up an old spinning wheel the other day from a shed sale but I have no idea what kind it is. The spinning wheel looks kind of similar to an ashford traditional but it doesn't have any brand markings or anything like that.


As you can see one of the loop thingies for holding the flyer in place is missing, but I think I can get a replacement for that. Also, see where that hook is? There's a smallish hole directly opposite on the other side that looks like it could fit a dowel like thing in it. It also came with a flyer:

It's only got a row of hooks on one side though, instead of hooks on both sides.

It came with six bobbins

A niddy noddy and a lazy kate, and this book:


Not bad for 30 dollars.  Tongue I also bought a loom for $20 at the same place which I'm even more clueless about, but I think I'll post about that later. If anyone can help me identify this wheel I'd be forever grateful!
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011 04:53:51 AM »

Wow! You're so lucky to have found a wheel! I always dream about it but it hasn't happened yet. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011 08:12:37 AM »

It is an early Ashford Traditional probably from the 1960's.  I'll have to double check, but I believe the 1960's models had 3 'knobs' on the drive wheel spokes.  I know the maidens were smooth like that.

You should be able to get/make a replacement for the leather flyer bearing.  The hole on the other side of the hook on the Mother of is for a tension knob.  You should be able to get one from Ashford.

Great price!  Can't wait to see the loom!

eta:  Definitely an early 1960's model (pre 1967 when Ashford added a 'knob' on the maidens)
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011 03:12:27 PM »

Thanks mullerslanefarm, I was hoping you'd reply as you're so knowledgeable on the subject.  Smiley I've looked on the Ashford website and a few others and the only flyer bearings I've seen available are too small to fit mine so I'll probably have to get one made.

It's a lovely wheel, I think I might prefer it over my Traveller (which I love to pieces), it's easier to treadle and I love the size. I've been so lucky with second hand spinning wheels (I got my Ashford Traveller at an op-shop).  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011 03:26:56 PM »

What really interests me is the book.  It's one from the 60's and reprinted in the 70's.  It looks like I can get a copy used for under $10.

eta:  Just ordered it!  Woot!

I love my Traveler also.  It was my first wheel and my 'go-to' wheel from 2002 to a couple years ago when I got my Sonata.  Now the Traveler is set up with the jumbo flyer and used for  plying.  (in between the Traveler and Sonata I also got a 1975 Traditional, and a couple antique wheels). All I really ever use are the Sonata and Traveler though.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011 07:40:38 PM »

Yeah, the book is great. I haven't read it cover to cover yet but I've flicked through and it looks pretty cool. I love old books.  Cheesy It was actually first published in 1953 and reprinted in 1964 and 68, according to the book anyway, it may well have been reprinted since though. And it has this great quote on the first page:
"'...The song...
...is old and plain;
The spinsters and knitters in the sun,
And the free maids that weave their thread with bones,
Do use to chant it...' Twelfth Night"
I don't know what the Twelfth Night is, but it sounds kind of magical.  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2011 08:51:21 PM »

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It was actually first published in 1953 and reprinted in 1964 and 68, according to the book anyway
That's even better!!  I love the reviews I've read about the book


Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; Act 2 Scene 4

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O, fellow, come, the song we had last night.
Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain;
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun
And the free maids that weave their thread with bones
Do use to chant it. It is silly sooth,
And dallies with the innocence of love,
Like the old age.

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My friend, sing us the song you sang last night.Listen to it carefully, Cesario, its a simple old song. Spinners and knitters used to sing it while they sewed, and maidens used to sing it over their weaving. It tells the simple truth about innocent love, as it was in the good old days

(BING! is your friend Smiley ! )
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2011 10:51:39 PM »

 Cheesy I had a feeling it was Shakespeare. I have to say I prefer the original text, much more lyrical.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2011 08:42:54 PM »

Nice!

Check this site for cleaning up an Ashford
http://www.knitting-and.com/spinning/traddy.html

Also check out this manual at the Ashford site for clues as to what may be missing
http://www.ashford.co.nz/newsite/pdfs_assembly_guides/TDSW_web_20.pdf

And that missing bracket for the flyer can be replaced with a thick piece of leather.

I can't wait to see the $20 loom!

Have a good day!
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