Directions for Threading Ashford Spinning Wheels

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Directions for Threading Ashford Spinning Wheels
A spinning wheel creates yarn from wool. (Spinning-wheel image by Tomasz Nowicki from

An Ashford spinning wheel is a traditional spinning wheel that comes unassembled to your home. The wheel comes with assembly and use instructions, including how to thread the wheel. It is easy to misplace instructions, or not even have them if someone gifts the wheel to you. Threading a spinning wheel simply involves positioning the wool on the bobbin properly.

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Things you need

  • Roving (prepared wool)
  • 3 foot piece of leader yarn
  • Spinning hook

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  1. 1

    Tie the end of the leader yarn onto the bobbin of the spinning wheel, which is the piece behind the wheel to the left of the spinner when you're sitting at the wheel.

  2. 2

    Hook the leader yarn on the top level of hooks on the bobbin. Insert your spinning hook into the orifice, which is the piece in front of the bobbin to which the bobbin clips on and off when you remove the finished yarn. Hook the leader yarn and pull it through the orifice toward you. Lay the hook aside.

  3. 3

    Press the peddle with your foot while allowing the leader yarn to be pulled around the bobbin. When the end of the leader line reaches the orifice, pull it back toward you to test the tension of the wheel. If the action makes a squeaking sound or you can't pull the leader at all, loosen the tension of the wheel by turning the knob at the bottom of the bobbin.

  4. 4

    Tie a loose loop in the end of the leader yarn with a slipknot. Insert the end of the roving, which is the long coil of prepared yarn, into the loop in the end of the leader. Bring about two inches through the loop and close the slip knot.

  5. 5

    Begin working the peddle of the spinning wheel. As the leader yarn is pulled through the orifice and around the bobbin, it will begin taking the roving with it. Move the peddle slowly and lightly pull on the roving as it is fed into the orifice to create an evenly textured yarn.

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