Let me introduce you to Herbert, my brand new spinning wheel. After months of completely subtle hints, my family pulled together and bought me my very first spinning wheel for my birthday a couple weeks ago.
I love it! Herbert is a HitchHiker spinning wheel from The Merlin Tree. He is single treadle wheel, but I think (ignore me if I’m wrong) that he can be converted to a double treadle.
I received the wheel on the 26th, but I haven’t spent much time with it. I had read that when you first start out, you should just pedal, get used to the movement. That’s what I focused most on whenever I pulled the wheel out. I have now started to spin actual fiber. My biggest issue is that I’m not confident enough in what I’m doing. When I blank out and focus just on the fiber in my hand, my foot does a good job in keeping things going. The second I think about my foot, the wheel stops or goes backwards. Then the fiber slips off its hook, unwinds, untwists, and it’s just a mess.
Practice, practice, practice!
Overall, I love my wheel! It’s just going to take some time to get used to the movements. I’m ok with that. It took a while to get used to using a drop spindle, too. I’m in no rush. Amp loves the wheel too. While I’m trying to spin, he bites at the wheel or tries to get his paw under it. I haven’t quite figured out what he’s trying to do. Maybe he’s trying to help?
Any tips for a newbie spinner?