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Flyer wheels are spinning wheels that wind on the spun thread automatically. The basic principle is that a loop of string (the drive band) runs over a big wheel (the drive wheel) and over one or two smaller wheels (the bobbin-whorl, the flyer-whorl or both). When you move the big wheel (generally by treadling), the drive band makes the flyer turn around the bobbin and twist the fibres. When bobbin and flyer turn at the same speed, the yarn is just twisted, but not wound onto the bobbin. For winding on, a speed difference is needed.
There are three methods for having flyer and bobbin rotate at different speeds:
(The distaff shown on the picture is mainly used for keeping the fibre organized when spinning flax - its presence or absence has no influence on the function of a spinning wheel.)
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