The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Wheel Mechanics - Part 1

Friday, October 17, 2014

9:00 - 12:00

Instructor: Abby Franquemont

Class Fee: $137.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 22

6 Seats Available

About Seat Availability: The availability shown above does NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is available to be purchased. Each registration will be verified after your purchase and if an over sale of seats occurs you will be notified and the price of the over sold seat will be refunded in it's entirety.

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What is meant by terms like  single drive, double drive, Scotch tension, and Irish Tension? Does it matter?  In this introductory wheel mechanics class, you'll learn the basics: the parts of several kinds of spinning wheels, how they work together, and what options you have. Ideal for the new wheel owner or for those considering a wheel purchase, we'll demystify ratios, treadles, drive bands, brake bands, and more. Bring your wheel if you have one, or look on with instructor wheels if you don't. 

Fiber will be supplied, and wheels with multiple drive systems will be present but we'll be focusing on yours, so bring your own if you have one.

Bring to Class:  Spinning Wheel if you have one.

Materials Information

Bring to Class:  Spinning Wheel

Workshop Instructor

Abby Franquemont, author of Respect The Spindle, is steeped in the fiber arts since birth. The daughter of field anthropologists studying textile more