Picking Your First Spinning Wheel

by Paradise Staff

Hey Future spinners! Kyle and I have been working together figure out the perfect wheel for you he made an awesome video to walk you through the basic elements and I’ve brainstormed some questions you should ask yourself before you pick your wheel. Kyle’s 4 tips for buying a spinning wheel Still want to know […]

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Roving and Sliver and Batts! Oh My!

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There seem to be an outstanding number of words that define the world of spinning fiber. Each one was developed to concisely inform about the steps and stages the fibers have been though. Some terms have evolved to have developed into general terms while others are still very specific to the steps that go into […]

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Some Trouble Shooting with The Revolution

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Here is a video covering the basics with the Paradise Fibers Revolution: The Squeak… How not to break your wheel… The Squeak is still there! Difficulties with uptake in Double, Scotch or Bobbin lead… Still having problems or questions? Contract us! We are always happy to help you with your wheel!

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Travel and Folding Wheels Comparison

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The world of spinning wheels offers many different choices regarding “travel” or “folding wheels” every wheel has its pros and cons, but here are the basics of how to fold the wheels with some helpful hints mixed in! Lendrum Folding Wheel Kromski Sonata Louet Victoria Schacht Sidekick Ashford Joy Comparison Chart   Lendrum Folding Wheel […]

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Louet Jumbo Art Yarn Flyer

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The Louet Jumbo Art Yarn Flyer works on more Louet wheels than it doesn’t.This flyer fits S10, S15, S17, S51, S70, S71, S75, S76, S77 Louet wheels. This flyer is a delightful addition to any of the wheels fit, it adds to tools and the skill set for any spinner no matter the level. With […]

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Science of a Drop Spindle

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Interested in spinning, but no room fora spinning wheel, not sure you want to commit to a hobby that takes up too much space? Have you thought about the drop spindle? The pre-curser to the spinning wheel, drop spindle are great way to make your own yarn. They travel well, simple to use and have […]

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The Park and Draft Drop Spinning

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How to spin with a drop spindle basics Glossary Getting Started Common problems when drafting Common problem when adding twist Spinning of any kind is simply the addition of twist to fiber to create strength, you can see this with any non-braided rope or steel cables for bridges- same idea many fibers or strands locked […]

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Muskox and Qiviut

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Muskox is the most misleading name for creatures in the fiber world. Named “Musk” for the distinctive smell of associated with them; they have no musk glands. Nor are Muskox closely related to oxen or cattle of any kind they are more closely related to sheep and goats. They are the largest Caprinae (species including […]

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Mohair – a Unique Goat

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There are two types of fiber producing goats, goats that produce Cashmere and Angora goats that produce Mohair. All domestic goats came from a single breed of goat still living today the Bezoar Ibex which produces Cashmere, or the down of the goat, in a near unusable amounts of fiber. Bezoar was domesticated by Neolithic […]

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Creating Stacks and Stack Traps Plying

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How to… Create Stacks When Plying First you need two singles with enough twist to ply, that are of a comparable thickness, you could have different sizes but the effect would be limited by the variations. Here I’m plying from a center pull ball of handspun Grey Perendale-Romney on the Paradise Revolution Jumbo system. A stack […]

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Quick Breakdown of Spinning Wheel Tensions

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Here’s a really quick breakdown of how different wheel’s tensions work. All spinning wheels, as simple machines, require tension within the system. The system can be divided into: Double Drive, Scotch tension, and Irish Brake. Double drive tension is the only all positive tension system, as the drive band and the bobbin are attached with […]

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Yak about Yaks!

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YAK about YAK! Did you know that Yak’s don’t moo (aka bovine lowing)? They grunt, in fact, the scientific name of Yak is Bos grunniens or “grunting ox” named by Linnaeus in 1766. There are technically two subgenus of Yak domesticated “grunting” and wild “muted” Yak. Yaks are connected to the Pleistocene epoch more than […]

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