Shop Origin Story
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Shop Origin Story

I like to think I always base my big life decisions on logic and reason, but when I set out to find a studio-shop space last year I felt an unshakable sense of destiny creep in. Here’s my (shop’s) story…

Cue the chimes, we’re heading back in time…

*Don’t forget to scroll right to the bottom to checkout the transformation!


My first visit to this particular shop space when I was around 15-16 years old (maybe 2001-02).

At the time I was obsessed with leatherwork, I had borrowed all the books from the library and was on the hunt for supplies and more know-how.

Being a Frankston local all my life I knew of one shop – Don’s Custom Leatherworks.

A hole-in-the-wall type establishment with one narrow staircase leading up to the unknown.

My curiosity was peaking, what or who would lie within?


On entering Don’s shop I recall being in awe of all the sights and smells.

All the tools and materials of Don’s trade on hand.

Experiencing a craftsperson’s workshop, with works in progress to explore and finished objects to marvel at.

Though the memories of my few visits have faded, I do remember Don’s willingness to help me get started. Setting me up with the leather and tools I would need, him offering advice on how I might go about my projects.

I have a feeling he thought I was just some crazy kid (this was during my hippie phase after all!) but Don helped me complete several projects so I’ll be forever grateful.

Don and his shop left me with one lasting realisation – that it was possible to be both craftsperson and business owner.

And though I held this realisation closely and likely never told anyone until recently, I envisioned a life where I was creator, craftsperson and teacher.


Back to present day, I was contemplating that next step for Loom & Spindle and came across the real estate listing for Don’s old shop.

That unmistakable feeling of serendipity hit hard.

I dismissed it (I’m a logician after all). I had a million reasons why this could be a mistake… or even fatal for my business.

It kept playing on my mind, I couldn’t shake it.

Just one inspection wouldn’t hurt, hoping that would appease my logician brain.

But we know how this storey ends, I signed the lease!


I’ll let the images below tell the storey of the shape the shop was in on my first inspection.

There were bars on all the windows, nails sticking out of the floor, and the agent showing me around almost had an asthma attack due to the amount of dust in the air.

But it had great bones as they say – timber floors, high ceilings, copious amounts of natural light. The perfect character-filled hideaway for the intense focus and creativity required to run a business.

Without a doubt the opportunity to create my vision was here.

Thanks Don, for letting me make your home my home!

PS: Don sold me a leather punch which I still use at the office almost every day! Kismet!


Before

After

 
Prep your spinning fibre with the right tools from Louët
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Successfully spinning your first yarns by hand is all about fibre preparation. The choices you make here will influence your spinning style and determine the qualities of your finished yarn.

We’re proud to have partnered with Louët to bring you two fibre prep tools that are indispensable to the dedicated hand spinner.


Hand Carders by Louët

Louët hand carders combine ergonomic design with a lightness in hand.

You’ll comfortably create rolags, mini batts and rovings ideal for woollen-spun yarns.

Available in a fine carding cloth of 110 tpi, suitable for a spectrum of medium to fine fibres.


Mini Combs by Louët

Louët mini combs are a compact option for de-hairing, blending and aligning your fibres for worsted spinning.

These combs are suitable for a spectrum of fine fibres.


If you’re interested in exploring fibre prep and how it influences yarn characteristics we recommend these fantastic resources:


The Spinner’s Book of Fleece
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Beth Smith introduces you to a range of spinning and fibre prep tools, providing guidance on choosing the right tool for your project.

She explores various combing and carding methods and shows you how these can be used to influence the look and feel of your spun yarns. Learn more…


Yarnitecture
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Jillian Moreno delivers an in depth discussion on woollen and worsted yarns, presenting an amazing collection of spun samples to illustrate how fibre prep influences colour distribution and texture. Learn more…

More From Louët


Introducing The S10 Concept Wheel By Louët

INTRODUCING THE S10

BY LOUËT

Arguably the most modular spinning wheel on the market today, Louët’s S10 Concept wheel is all about functionality.

With its modular design this wheel is completely customizable making it adaptable to any need, skill level or yarn preference.

Definitely a wheel you won’t grow out of anytime soon!

It embodies over 40 years of research and development, representing Louët’s outstanding commitment to excellence in quality, design and workmanship.

To get you started we’ve put together an exceptional package to maximize all that the S10 Concept has to offer and bring you a reliable multipurpose tool designed to spin a variety of yarns and fibres.

With a range of experience levels in mind, we’ve chosen an Irish tension drive system (where the main wheel drives the bobbin, rather than the flyer) for its ability to deliver consistent tension and take-up throughout an entire spin. 

The result is an enjoyably predictable spinning experience with no finicky pre-spin setup or mid-spin twitchy tensioning issues!

With the added bonus of the Irish tension’s huge bobbin capacity it definitely won’t disappoint when spinning for those larger projects.

We’ve opted for the double-treadle upgrade to ensure the most ergonomic spinning session to help you avoid those repetitive strains that may keep you away from your wheel.

And, styled with Louët’s iconic cut-out wheel and clear lacquer finish, the S10 exudes a clean minimalist aesthetic that won’t go out of style and definitely doesn’t look out of place at home on display.

FEATURES YOU’LL LOVE

  • Irish tension drive system, well known for its simplicity and spinning consistency.

  • Geared for three speeds to help you expertly manage twist entering the forming yarn.

  • Indispensable hooked flyer, designed to help you smoothly and completely fill bobbins, and importantly, the ability to lace the hooks to reduce yarn take-up when spinning finer threads.

  • Fuss free bobbin changes, it’s as easy as releasing the flyer brake, parking the drive band and lifting the flyer and bobbin straight from the orifice.

  • Handy drive-band brake at the back of the flyer shaft – a favourite design feature at Loom & Spindle! This means you can easily ‘park’ the drive-wheel so there’s no movement from the flyer or treadles when changing bobbins or the wheel is not in use.

  • Inventive yet simple solution for attaching the leader yarn to the bobbin – just make a knot in the leader yarn and slip it into a pre-made slot on the bobbin shaft and start spinning.

  • Orifice diameter of 13mm that will accommodate a wide range of yarn thicknesses.

  • Classic minimalist design with contemporary feel that has well and truly stood the test of time.

  • Maintenance free clear lacquered finish that coats every surface to protect the timber from drying out.

  • Can be disassembled for storage or transport, an optional carry bag is available.

  • Modular design that makes it adaptable to any need, skill level or technique. See ‘Customisation and Accessories’ on the product listing for details.

LOOM & SPINDLE’S S10 KIT INCLUDES:

  • S10 Concept spinning wheel (see product listing for full specifications)

  • 3 Irish tension bobbins

  • Built-in Lazy Kate rack (can be positioned either side)

  • Self-assembly kit with step-by-step instruction manual

  • Loom & Spindle Leader Yarn 3 Pack

  • Loom & Spindle Yarn Gauge

  • PLUS one book of your choice to advance your skills:

HOW TO SPIN
YARNITECTURE
THE SPINNER’S BOOK OF YARN DESIGNS
THE SPINNER’S BOOK OF FLEECE

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CUSTOMISATION AND ACCESSORIES 

The S10 concept spinning wheel is compatible with a range of accessories so you can customize your wheel for different spinning experiences. This range includes:

  • Alternate wheel designs

  • Irish or scotch tension drive systems

  • Single or double treadle options

  • Various flyers and bobbins to suit spinning preferences

  • Bobbin racks and a stand-alone Lazy Kate

 Loom & Spindle have a range of these accessories in stock, please contact us for details and pricing.


S10 BY LOUËT

Introducing the S17 Spinning Wheel by Louët

Introducing the S17

by Louët

The S17 is the longstanding workhorse of the Louët spinning wheel range.

It offers the beginner spinner an enjoyably predictable spinning experience without any finicky pre-spin setup or mid-spin twitchy tensioning issues.

And, for those with a bit more experience and perhaps spinning for speed and production, it’s big-hearted take-up and huge bobbin capacity definitely won’t disappoint.

It’s geared for three speeds to help you expertly manage twist entering the forming yarn. Start slow for a beginner or perhaps to spin a bulky art yarn, then increase your speed as your coordination improves and your interest in spinning a range of fibres and yarns grow.

The Irish tension drive system, where the main wheel drives the bobbin (rather than the flyer), is known for its ability to deliver consistent tension throughout an entire spin. This allows you to almost ‘set-and-forget’ creating a more meditative spinning experience.

Louët are highly regarded for their craftsmanship and commitment to functional design. The natural timber finish and contemporary aesthetic will no doubt appeal to the modern spinner.

And finally, at a great entry level price and the inclusion of Loom & Spindle’s ‘Beginner’s Wheel Spinning Kit’ you’ll have all the resources and tools at your fingertips to start spinning your first yarns.

Features You’ll Love

  • An Irish tension drive system, well known for its simplicity and spinning consistency.

  • An indispensable hooked flyer, designed to help you smoothly and completely fill bobbins, and importantly, the ability to lace the hooks to reduce yarn take-up when spinning finer threads.

  • Fuss free bobbin changes, it’s as easy as releasing the flyer brake, parking the drive band and lifting the flyer and bobbin straight from the orifice.

  • A handy drive-band brake at the back of the flyer shaft – a favourite design feature at Loom & Spindle! This means you can ‘park’ the drive-wheel when changing bobbins or the wheel is not in use.

  • An inventive yet simple solution for attaching the leader yarn to the bobbin – just make a knot in the leader yarn and slip it into a pre-made slot on the bobbin shaft.

  • An orifice diameter of 13mm that will accommodate a wide range of yarn thicknesses.

  • With the same technical specifications as the Louët S10 Concept wheels there are a range of accessories available to customize your wheel for different spinning experiences.

  • A classic minimalist design with contemporary feel that has well and truly stood the test of time.

Loom & Spindle’s S17 kit includes:

  • S17 Spinning wheel (see full specifications here)

  • 3 Irish tension bobbins

  • Built-in Lazy Kate

  • Self-assembly kit with 8 page step-by-step instruction manual

  • Loom & Spindle’s ‘Beginner’s Wheel Spinning Kit’, includes:

3 x 50g locally grown and processed wool fibre
1 x How to Spin, by Beth Smith
1 x Loom & Spindle Leader Yarn 3 Pack
1 x Loom & Spindle Yarn Gauge

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S17 by Louët

 
Welcome: Ltd Ed. Woolsey Cotton


Thank you for you interest in our Ltd Ed. Woolsey Cotton, it has now sold out. Shop our current Yarn + Fibre range here.



Loom & Spindle welcomes a limited edition weaving yarn to the Woolsey weaving range – Woolsey Cotton.

Woolsey Cotton is a 100% cotton fibre yarn.

It’s constructed from many fine cotton strands that are lightly twisted to produce a smooth inelastic yarn ideal for tapestry style weaving where a dense and cohesive fabric is desired.

Available in a colour palette of neutrals and soft earthy tones.

This yarn is ideal for tapestry inspired projects destined for wall décor and home furnishings.

THE YARN

100% Cotton
100g (3.5 oz)
70m (76y)
Made in Turkey

Features

  • Where a traditional multi-ply yarn can shadow and dull the surface of the tapestry fabric, Woolsey Cotton behaves more like a single ply yarn encouraging a smooth bright fabric surface.

  • When woven at our suggested gauge Woolsey Cotton produces a clear and well-defined weave ideal for working shapes and textural stitches.

  • With our recommended warp sett of 4-6 epi (16-24ends/10cm) Woolsey Cotton will always get predictable coverage taking the guesswork out of project design.

  • With its quick and easy coverage Woolsey Cotton is ideal for tapestry inspired weaving projects destined for wall décor and home furnishings.

RECOMMENDED GAUGE

WARP: Cotton, sett 4-6 epi (16-24ends/10cm)
WEFT: Woolsey Cotton, approximately 15-20 meters (16-21y) per 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") woven in plain weave.
SUGGESTED FINISHING: Steam blocking


Thank you for you interest in our Ltd Ed. Woolsey Cotton, it has now sold out. Shop our current Yarn + Fibre range here.