How to Thread Spinning Wheels

By Marjorie Gilbert
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The history of spinning dates back over 10,000 years. The first kind of spinning was done by hand, then drop spindles were used. The spinning wheel did not appear until the late Middle Ages or early Renaissance. One of the first steps of using a spinning wheel is threading it. Once you thread the spinning wheel, you will be able to spin any length of fiber that you desire.

Roll the fiber between your fingers to compress it, making a leader. Make it 2 feet long.

Tie the leader around the bobbin.

Thread the other portion of the leader through the hooks that are located on the side of the flyer and through the orifice in the spinning wheel.

Tie a loop on the leader's end. Insert the fiber you wish to spin through the loop of the leader. Begin to spin.

About the Author

Marjorie Gilbert is a freelance writer and published author. An avid researcher, Gilbert has created an Empire gown (circa 1795 to 1805) from scratch, including drafting the gown's patterns by hand.