Links - Handspinning on the Web
The links listed here are only a starting point for your research - there's many more pages on the Web!
Links in German and French
You can find German- and French-language pages, and suppliers in Germany and France on the German and French links pages.
Learning to Spin, and Miscellaneous
- Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild A few interesting articles in the section "Member's Tips and Tricks"
- NEW ZEALAND SPINNING WHEELS A presentation of wheels formerly made in New Zealand - the sheer number and variety is amazing!
- SpinnySpinny.com Handspinning for the Fun of It! Feorlen obtained a Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Handspinning and describes here how she did it (her complete entry - with comments - is on the site!)
- Mark Shepard's page on Indian Box/Book Charkha setup and spinning. This may be the most complete written charkha instruction - and you get it for free. Some advice conflicts with Eileen Hallman's (position of the leather disk on the spindle) - I don't know who is right!
- Charkha Fiber Book Variety of subjects (mostly fibres) - check out dad's version of Charkha History, it is hilarious!
- Joy of Handspinning All-around spinning site, information on fibres, drop spindles, spinning wheels, dyeing and more. Lots of photos and videos. Also an on-line store.
- Fuzzy Galore - Learning: Well-written articles on a variety of textile subjects
- HJS Studio Studio Tutorials: Well-written articles on a variety of textile subjects, including Angora Rabbits
- Rosemary Brock's Articles: Well-written articles on spinning, including one on "Spinning to the crimp"
Magazines - On-Line and Paper
Forums and Blogs
- FiberLife A blog from somebody who is also quite active in the Knitter's Review Forum. Very good spinning tutorial on spinning for a specific purpose and a great article on spinning for socks.
- Rosemary Knits: An avid knitter's and build-it-yourselfer's blog - contains the tutorial for making circular knitting needles and some ideas on spindle building.
- Spinning Fiber How they describe themselves: "This is an open community for spinning enthusiasts to share tips and stories, to ask questions, and to just be around other people who understand the obsession." Contains overviews of many spinning wheels.
- Knitter's Review Forums In spite of the name, this is also the most active spinner's forum (scroll down to reach "Spinner's Central") I have found on the Web
There's dozens, if not hundreds of suppliers on the Web. I have listed here only those I have bought from - often enough more or less by chance.
- P & M Woolcraft Supplier in the U.K. They make very nice hand cards and are lovely people. Check them out when you are in Milton Keynes!
- General Bailey Farm General fibre arts supplier. Various instructions under "Ewesful Information".
- The Woolery Very big online supplier in the U.S. who ships overseas. Good articles on selecting a spinning wheel, including comparison of bobbins by storage volume.
- Detta's Spindle Spinning supplies and Linda Smith's triloom books (and many more, of course!) Detta has always impressed me with great service.
- WINGHAM WOOL WORK They describe themselves as: "The largest specialist supplier of fibres to Handspinners, Feltmakers and Textile Crafts in the UK." Their selection of British wools is amazing. Also publishers of Mabel Ross's books.
- Pollywogs Good page on which TPI of carders you need for which kind of wool (follow link to Spinning Accessories), sell Howard Hand Cards
- Journey Wheel Sheila and Jonathan Bosworth's page - the makers of Bosworth drop spindles, Charkhas and the Journey Wheel
- Golding Ring Spindles Tom Golding's products: The spindles with the metal ring, the most ornate wheel on the market, loom and knitting needles.
- Etrade - MAHATMA Spinning Wheels: Indian vendor of charkhas, taklis and cotton punis. Sells also on E-Bay under the name of "ecomtrader".
- Charkhas & Accessories Eileen Hallman's (the charkha guru) page
Information on Sheep Breeds
- Breeds of Livestock - Sheep Breeds University of Oklahoma's page on sheep from all over the world. Depending on the info available to them some descriptions are more complete than others.
Other Link Lists
Page updated: 16 July 2008