Ashford 50mm Drop Spindle
Ashford 50mm Drop Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from solid silver beech hardwood, lightly lacquered and smooth. Total length including hook, 18cm (7 inches). Whorl diameter is 50mm (1.97 inches). Weighs approximately 15 - 17g (.53 - .6 oz). You can't beat this as a good value light spindle for learning to do lace weight yarns. If you can't afford a fancy hand-turned exotic spindle, consider this one first! The whorl features two notches.

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Ashford 70mm Drop Spindle
Ashford 70mm Drop Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from solid silver beech hardwood, lightly lacquered and smooth. Total length including hook, 26cm (10.24 inches). Whorl diameter is 70mm (2.76 inches). Weighs approximately 38 - 41g (1.34 - 1.45 oz). A great "go to" spindle for a wide range of yarn weights, not too heavy and not too light. The whorl features two notches.

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Ashford 90mm Drop Spindle
Ashford 90mm Drop Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from solid silver beech hardwood, lightly lacquered and smooth. Total length including hook, 31cm (12.2 inches). Whorl diameter is 90mm (3.54 inches). Weighs approximately 85 - 89g (3 - 3.14 oz). Another good choice for a beginner's spindle, then later it's got a terrific long shaft that will hold loads of plied yarn. The whorl features two notches.

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Ashford Adjusting Knob
Ashford Adjusting Knob
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For adjusting the drive band tension of the Traditional and Traveller spinning wheels.

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Ashford Brake Band Set with Springs
Ashford Brake Band Set with Springs
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Ashford nylon break band with two tension springs. Ashford always recommends using two springs on the brake band tie-up.

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Ashford Finishing Wax Polish – 75g
Ashford Finishing Wax Polish – 75g
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Preserve, protect, and enhance wheels, looms, and all your craft accessories with this quick and easy-to-apply environmentally-friendly, low-gloss finishing wax polish.

Made from beeswax and tree oils, it is ideal for the new natural timber or for rejuvinating and restoring loved and lacquered products. Apply with a soft rag, steel wool, or Scotchbrite pad, then buff to a deep rich lustrous finish with a soft cloth. No other finish is required. Non-flammable, non-toxic. 75 gram tub.

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Ashford Lazy Kate – Upright
Ashford Lazy Kate – Upright
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Upright design, holds three standard bobbins. NOT TENSIONED. Made from unfinished Silver Beech hardwood.

We personally prefer a tensioned Lazy Kate but this one is good value for those on a tight budget. It will do the job.

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Ashford drop spindle @ The Fibre Garden
Ashford Student Spindle
Canadian shipping only The new and improved Student Drop Spindle is now lighter and has a fixed top whorl that makes it ideal for beginners and teaching. Made from sold silver beech hardwood, unfinished but easily stained, painted or varnished if you desire. Shaft length 9-1/4 inches (235mm). Whorl diameter is 80mm (3-1/8 inches). Weighs approximately 65 grams (2.25 oz). This new lighter version is a better weight for beginners. There is no yarn notch in the whorl but use a file to make one if you want. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Ashford Tensioned Lazy Kate
Ashford Tensioned Lazy Kate
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Formerly called the Competition Lazy Kate. A tensioned Lazy Kate: no more bobbin overwind! Suitable for single and double drive standard, sliding hook flyer and jumbo bobbins. Control your bobbins when plying with the adjustable brake tension. Smooth stainless steel yarn guide to prevent your yarn from tangling. Bobbins are quick and easy to change. Convenient carry handle. Four rubber feet prevent slipping or tipping. Stainless steel bobbin pins are removable for storage and transport. Made from beautiful Silver Beech hardwood with a rich lacquer finish. Holds up to three bobbins at once, so suitable for 2 or 3-ply yarns.

This Lazy-Kate also happens to fit some other brands of bobbins, notably Majacraft standard and jumbo. Louet bobbins do not fit.

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Turkish Spindles @ The Fibre Garden
Ashford Turkish Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from sold silver beech hardwood, unfinished but easily stained, painted or varnished if you desire. Removable crossbars are 15.5cm (6 inches) across. Shaft length including hook, 37.5cm (14.75 inches. Weighs approximately 50g (1.76 oz). A fairly large Turkish spindle, but great for medium to thick yarns and as a beginner spindle.

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Ashford Yarn Gauge
Ashford Yarn Gauge
For calculating wraps per inch on handspun or commercial yarns.

This wooden gauge features a 1-inch and 1/2-inch slot. You wrap your yarn evenly in the slot (not too loose, not too tight) and count the number of wraps. The little instruction leaflet is attached, and gives a chart to determine the yarn type or you can use other charts that are available online or in spinning reference books. A handy leather loop is for hanging this on your wheel or on a hook.

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Natural Cotton Top @ The Fibre Garden
Cotton Top – White Egyptian
100% Cotton. Natural creamy-white Egyptian cotton, with a generous staple length of 1 to 1.5 inches. Apparently easy to spin. Combed top, super clean. PRODUCT of EGYPT
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Cultivated Silk Cocoons, Degummed
Cultivated Silk Cocoons, Degummed
Silk cocoons come as natural (usually with a dead worm inside), which are sort of firm and egg-shaped, or degummed, which have had the seracin (i.e. silk worm spit/glue) removed. Most common are Bombyx (Cultivated, Mulberry) cocoons, but sometimes other kinds of silk are available as well, though we have yet to locate a source. Cocoons are adored by makers of Novelty/Art yarn, by felters, and sometimes by spinners. Degummed Bombyx or Mulberry/Cultivated silk cocoons. These can be used for spinning directly, as a textural component in needle or Nuno felting, in paper making or added for texture to novelty yarns. They dye up just like regular silk top or roving, using either acid or fibre reactive dyes. PRODUCT of CHINA
$4.50$9.00 Select options
Falkland (Top)
Falkland (Top)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Combed top, very clean. Falkland is similar to Corriedale in character, creamy white in colour with a soft hand. Not always considered a true breed, but more of a crossbreed that has developed on the Falkland Islands due to isolation over many years. Suitable for midrange, outerwear and non-garment uses. Micron count for Falkland is 26 to 34 with a staple length of 4 to 5 inches. We can't find a listing for felting properties but it's probably good.
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Flax – Bleached (Sliver)
Flax – Bleached (Sliver)
100% Flax. Very clean combed top in a fairly narrow sliver, bleached to a bright ivory white. Staple length is 5 to 6 inches. This may be a good choice for those curious to try spinning flax for the first time. Our supplier suggests it can be either dry or wet-spun and no distaff is needed since it's already in a well-prepared form. It feels pretty soft for flax. Anybody up for the challenge? Since this is a plant or cellulose fibre dyers must use fibre reactive dyes. Natural dyers must resort to techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. We assume flax strikes just fine in an indigo vat. That being said, when blended with protein fibres, acid dyes will leave the flax alone during dyeing, which makes for some wonderful streaky or heathered effects, depending on how well the fibres are blended.
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Flick Card, Ashford
Flick Card, Ashford
Canadian orders only. Made of solid unfinished Silver Beech hardwood with a comfortable turned handle with ridges to fit the hand. The carding cloth is durable stainless steel wire teeth set at 72 points per square inch (ppsi), held by a red rubber backing. Carding head measures 4" by 2.5". An excellent value tool. Easily finished with a coat of urethane or varnish, if desired.

A flick carder (or "flicker") is used to open up locks of fleece before drum carding or spinning. Many spinners sit and do this on their lap, with a protective cloth of sturdy denim or leather. We prefer doing it on a high table on top of a piece of old vinyl flooring.

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Ile-de-France (Rustic Roving)
Ile-de-France (Rustic Roving)
Classification: FINEWOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving. Our current batch has a moderate amount of vegetation. Ivory-cream in colour, with lots of bounce and loft. Ile-de-France was intentionally bred as a meat sheep in France in the early to mid 1800s and is a relatively new introduction to North American shepherds. With Merino in the bloodlines, this fibre should be interesting to experiment with. This source is not as fine as most Merino but could be ideal for warm and cozy socks, midrange or outerwear. Staple length of this roving is around 2.5 to 3 inches. Likely in the 25 to 30 micron range. Excellent felting properties. An excellent core wool for needle-felting.
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Lazy Kate – Stand-alone w brake – Standard
Lazy Kate – Stand-alone w brake – Standard
CUSTOM ORDER PRODUCT: please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery. Available quantities show to allow our shopping cart to accept orders and do not reflect our on-hand inventory.

This stand-alone Lazy Kate will hold 4 bobbins and is tensioned to provide some braking, preventing bobbins from over-spinning while plying. Only 3 Bulky Bobbins will fit on this Lazy Kate and 4 Standard bobbins (both Irish and Scotch tension). Bobbins are NOT INCLUDED.

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