The Fiber Arts Guild

The Ancient Arts of Spinning, Weaving and Cloth Making

Stand ye at the crossroads and look, and ask for the ancient Ways, where the good path is, and walk therein, there ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

Great Wheel, Colonial Period 1605-1775

 The Great Wheel or Spindle Wheel played a very important role in the development of spinning for several years. It was designed specifically as a devise to rotate the spindle, which had been previously been done by hand. Spindle wheels were used to spin fine fibers, like cotton and silk, into thin thread and yarn.

Ashford Traditional Saxony Wheel, New Zealand

When most people think of spinning wheels, the saxony style is the most familiar. It is often referred to as the "Cinderella" wheel. The elements of a saxony wheel are arranged horizontally, with a large wheel at one end and the flyer at the other, and normally have three legs. The Ashford Traditional wheels are good examples of saxony wheels.

Castle Spinning Wheel 1890-1900

The component parts of a castle wheel are stacked vertically with the flyer being positioned above the wheel.

Double Drive Spinning Wheel, Early 1900's

Saxony Spinning Wheel 1890-1900

 Irish Spinner and Spinning Wheel. This color photochrome print was made between 1890 and 1900 in Ireland.

Antique Handcrafted Floor Loom

Vintage Leclerc Tapestry Loom

1877-1890 White VS Treadle

1913 White Rotary 3 Drawer Treadle


1915 White Rotary Treadle Sewing Machine

Weasel and Carders, early 1900's

Ghandi at his spinning wheel



Frigga, the foremost goddess of Norse mythology, spinning clouds.