We have another Jan in our club , which makes it 3 now. She is new to the club this year. Like everyone else she brings a lot of skills and knowledge and can contribute to the pool of experience. Jan likes spinning alpaca and that is what she was spinning on Monday. She has a lovely Geoff French wheel. It is thoughtfully designed and has some nice touches to help spinning. We liked seeing it because a number of people in the club were well aware of Geoff French and his Adelaide spinning wheels. It’s a nice colour and the fawn alpaca Jan was spinning looked good. She has no difficulty spinning this wheel with one foot only on the treadle board.
Jan joined our group last year and brings to it a lot of skill and experience. She is an alpaca breeder and so enjoys spinning her fleece . She has plenty of information and knowledge to share with us. We are a group which likes to spin alpaca fleece. Her wheel is a Ron Doley upright wheel. It is beautifully made and has been reliable. On Monday she was spinning some baby alpaca fleece from one of her male alpacas which had been shorn before it found its new home on New Year’s Day. Jan is very passionate about her farm and animals . One of her tips for spinning fleece is to mix it will wool for the sleeve and waist bands on jumpers so they don’t stretch.
Anne is one of our new members who comes to us with plenty of skills and experience. She has a Sheridan wheel which she loves and it is the wheel she learned to spin on. She speaks very highly of it. For years she had stopped spinning but this year marks a return to something she loves. That and weaving. The Sheridan wheel is made beautifully and has a really solid look about it. The wood is excellent and it spins very quietly and efficiently. Anne loves that it is a double drive wheel and finds she can spin finely and evenly with it. She is currently spinning some coloured wool which she will ply with some black she has already spun. Sheridan wheels are Australian wheels designed by Eric Corran and they were made in Victoria. You can read about the Sheridan on the Australian Spinning Wheels site. Anne’s wheel looks similar to a traditional Ashford wheel but the wood is quite different. These wheels are only available second hand now but they are lovely , well crafted wheels.
Bill is a new member of our group and he comes along with his wife, Ann. They were both spinners and they have come back to it after a number of years. Bill’s wheel is an Erhard Sickinger wheel from Coff’s Harbour in New South Wales. He bought it in Victoria. Erhard Sickinger is featured on the Australian Spinning Wheels site. He came from the Black Forest and his wheels are traditional Black Forest wheels. Bill wasn’t happy the connection ,which held his foot soldier on, broke but it would have been wear and tear over the years and he had it repaired quickly and the wheel works really well now.
The wheel is beautifully made and is light and compact for travelling. It spins quietly and efficiently. Bill would rather have a more functional wheel such as the ones Ron Doley makes so that he has all the bobbins and things you need for spinning on the wheel itself. The Sickinger wheel, though, is a part of our Australian spinning wheel history in Australia.