Bespoke Spinning Wheel

Posted by Margaret on 29 May 2013 | 3 Comments

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Janet brought the most beautiful one-off handmade spinning wheel to show-and-tell at Guild the other day. It was made by her husband's Grandfather from timber from the bush. The family think it was made when he went to the osmiridium mine at Adamsfield during the depression. 

The ABC interviewed her Grandmother about her activities during the war. She belonged to the CWA and they were spinning and knitting greasy wool "Sea Boots" for the sailors. These were worn inside their gumboots and were much appreciated. An American sailor wrote and thanked her and stayed in contact with the family for many years.

Grandmother taught one of her grand daughters to spin when she was about nine years old and Gramp also made a small table loom.

The fleece came from Harry Lovell on Cape Barren Island who sent it down to his sister by boat.

Thanks Janet for sharing some of your family history, we enjoyed having a look at the wheel.

PS. If any Guild groups have something to share contact me at We'd love to have the whole State contributing.