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Food & crafts => Crafts => Topic started by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on November 15, 2014, 11:32:23 pm

Title: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on November 15, 2014, 11:32:23 pm
Does anyone want to buy my Ashford Traveller? It's in good condition with a new drive band and tension spring and several bobbins. Scotch tension.


I'm looking for £200 for her. Need to sell as I don't have the space for two and I find my Ashford Joy, being double treadle, is easier for my arthriticky knees and feet to cope with.


She will need picking up from Shropshire, or I could maybe meet someone part way.


PM me if you are interested.
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: SallyintNorth on November 16, 2014, 03:09:39 am
Is she a two- or three-speed, Lesley?  And I assume she's single treadle?  How many bobbins in all?
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on November 16, 2014, 11:43:59 pm
Yes, she's single treadle and there are about five bobbins, I think but maybe more. I need to gather them all up. How do I tell what speeds she has?
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: SallyintNorth on November 17, 2014, 05:50:18 am
How do I tell what speeds she has?

On the flyer, where the drive band goes around it, there will be two or three grooves.  Each groove gives a different ratio.  Older Travellers were 2-speed, 3-speed was introduced in 1990 and new ones are 4-speed.

You can buy modern 3- and 4-speed flyers to upgrade an older Traveller, they fit fine - and the older bobbins fit fine too.
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on November 18, 2014, 05:19:45 pm
There are two, which I'd never noticed before. I presume this means it's an older wheel? I bought her from the person who runs our spinning group and she got her from someone else.
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: SallyintNorth on November 18, 2014, 06:16:41 pm
It means she's an 80s wheel, yes.  No problem with that - they're lovely wheels  :)
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on November 19, 2014, 12:19:32 am
Practically an antique then. She is a lovely wheel. I just find that a double treadle one is easier on my legs and feet. I was having to stop every so often to rest but can keep going longer with my Joy. Teh Joy doesn't look as good as the Traveler but does suit me.
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: SallyintNorth on November 19, 2014, 01:21:16 am
lol, not so much an antique - there are still loads of this vintage around and in daily use.

You can get a double treadle kit for them, did you know?
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on November 19, 2014, 05:23:02 pm
Yes, I did know but only found out after I had bought the Joy. She is easier to transport to my spinning group and craft group so I do need her. What I do want is a jumbo spinner which is why Betsy, the Traveler is going.
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: FiB on November 20, 2014, 01:18:22 pm
Ha! Have had to put jumbo flier on my Christmas list! When are you going to come over Lesley? I'm free wed pm and Thursdays :-) . If I had £200 I'd have it off you, will ask around. I love my traddie, but it is a pain getting it around!
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on November 22, 2014, 01:03:00 am
We'll have to make it soon, Fi. I am madly busy making things for the Christmas craft stall that my daughter runs as well as doing NaNoWriMo (the write 50,000 words of a novel during November, but should be freer after that.
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on December 03, 2014, 09:59:43 pm
Still for sale. It does have a brand new drive band and brake spring.
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: ladyK on December 04, 2014, 08:30:22 am
I was considering this, but maybe I should wait to 'catch' the bug first at Diane's class in Bala before investing in expensive equipment... If you are coming too, would you be able to bring it with you?
Title: Re: Spinning wheel for sale
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on December 04, 2014, 09:08:44 pm
Hi ladyK. If it hasn't sold then yes, no problem. I will need help with getting it out of the car but I'm sure that will be ok.


I'm so looking forward to it.