Show & Tell- Equipment

Well, it was that kind of session, with a lot of  ooohs! wows! what a good idea! not seen one of those before! how does that work? and so on…..

One of the first oohs! was the introduction of a Country Spinner- I don’t think many had seen one in real life and we were taken aback at the size of the bobbin and orifice


There were a variety of carders, hand carders- flat versus curved-


and very handy covers for them to protect the tines


Drum carders, Classic and Barnett


A variety of equipment, besides the carders, was  displayed to show how to blend fibres-

Blending boards- handmade at home and much, much cheaper than buying  readymade ones. Fibre is pressed into the board using a wallpaper paste brush. Small rolags made using large  and small knitting needles.


Homemade hackles with 6″ nails on one and metal Affro combs on the other and a selection of pottery and shell dizzes with a bead hook to help initially pull fibres through the diz.



There was a lovely warping board made by a member’s husband, who can turn his hand to anything


This a is a mudag, sometimes called a creelagh or murlagh. It is a basket once made in the Scottish Highlands but this was made by a Yorkshireman! It was used to hold fleece prior to spinning. The unusual shape meant fleece could be carded into rolags and placed by the fire  so the heat on the lanolin in the fleece would help with the spinning.


There were handy, handmade travelling, spinning machines- a rakestraw, and one made from a piece of wire


Here is  a Navajo spindle, the size of which brought a great big wow! It had to be about 4 foot in length, definitely not suitable to use whilst travelling!


Handmade Lazy Kates were in evidence


swifts, antique metal and wooden


Most of us have this type of ball winder

But just look at this beauty!


A lovely little weaving/darning tool and just look at the price!


I think this member’s husband should go into business with this Andean plying tool he made.


I’d never seen one of these before- a sailmaker’s palm


And here is a selection of items, not equipment, that members brought in to show us. Each one had a precious story behind it.


Thank you to all who brought in their treasures and made this such an interesting session.



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