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1  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Chattanooga, anyone? on: October 04, 2006 04:29:59 PM
It seems like all the other major cities in TN are well represented. 

I was just wondering how many crafters we have in the Chattanooga area.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fricke Spinning Wheel? on: September 11, 2006 08:25:46 AM
I'm in the market for a new wheel, preferably something that folds and/or is significantly more portable than my current Ashford Traditional.  Aside from that, my two other deciding factors will be:

1) Cost.  (I doubt I can convince someone to offer me the gift of a lovely new wheel, and the non-profit salary doesn't allow for much disposable income.  I'm thinking something in the $250--$400 range.)

2) Bigger bobbins than my Ashford.  Her petite little bobbins are cute, but coming up with short skein after short skein is starting to get annoying.

I discovered the Fricke wheels this morning, and I was wondering if:
1) Anybody has one?
2) Anybody has ever used one?  (At a fair, festival, shop, or otherwise)
3) Anybody might be able to recommend something else that fits my criteria that might be a better fit for my preferences.

Thanks for the help, everybody!

For reference: A link to the fricke website--http://www.fricke-fiber-tools.com/spinningitems.html
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Brake band/Drive band problem: Ashford Trad. (I can't seem to make yarn.) on: April 13, 2006 05:07:47 PM
Hi everybody. I posted a while back about needing parts for an Ashford Traditional that I found at an estate sale. 

Lucky me, the parts finally arrived today.  Unlucky me, I'm having one major problem.

SITUATION: I'm having major issues with driving this thing.  The drive band is on properly.  The brake band is on properly (I think).  However, when I start to treadle, there is absolutely no predictability as to what will spin when the wheel gets going.  If I loosen up on the brake band, the bobbin spins at the same speed as the flyer and no happy yarn gets wound on.  If I tighten up on the brake band, the flyer stops flying entirely, regardless of my treadling and the movement of the wheel.  Twice in the last three hours have I found that happy medium where the flyer is moving properly and the bobbin has enough tension on it to actually let some yarn wind on.  I have thus far produced about three yards of very ugly yarn.

I realize I'm a newbie at this, and that I have just enough information to make me completely dangerous.  If you have any guidance, it will be greatly appreciated.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Best place for Ashford Trad. parts? on: April 03, 2006 08:06:08 AM
I bought an Ashford Traditional at an estate sale this weekend.  She's in really good shape, except for the fact that she's missing her drive band, her entire brake assembly (band, springs, scotch tension knob), and she has no lazy kate.

I've done a little sleuthing online, but I thought I'd get some feedback from you guys.  Where is the best place to purchase replacement parts for an Ashford Traditional online?  I don't live near any brick and mortar stores that would have that sort of thing.

Thanks for the feedback.  Happy spinning!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spunmag is UP! on: February 13, 2005 07:31:27 PM
Just in case anyone else has been checking obsessively to see when we can get our hands on some new (re: FREE) patterns, I just took an Internet break from the Grammys and discovered that Spunmag is live.

Go check it out for yourself:

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