Today I got to play on a Great Wheel or Walking Wheel and a Canadian Production Wheel. Wow! What fun that was! I spent about 4 hours on the Great Wheel, spinning up a quill full of Blue Faced Leicester fibre which was dyed with Dyer's Knotweed. Blue, Blue Faced Leicester? giggle There's a bit of a learning curve there and I'll have to practice a few times to become proficient. It's a lovely way to spin though, somewhat rhythmic and dance-like and very relaxing. The blue skein weighs 27 grams for my efforts. I'm sure with practice, my longdraw will become more proficient and I'll become more productive. The Great Wheel was in fabulous shape for it's age. I was told it was from about 1850. It was nicely balanced, with a huge wheel and very, very pretty with it's dark wood and detailed turnings.
Next weekend, I get to do it all over again.. oh how sweet it that? Maybe I'll remember my camera too!