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Monday, September 3, 2018

The new Spinolution Bullfrog wheel and other spinning talk

The new  model spinolution BULLFROG WHEEL arrived a few weeks ago. I have  folded it and put it through it's paces . taken it to meetings, taught on it, spun on it  I love it so much







I spin on my echo a lot and my firefly I did a side by side comparison of the echo because the fly wheel is the same size on the bull frog as the Echo




 the bullfrogs treadling engineering is lighter treading  on the bull frog. It is like the Pollywog, only instead of using just your toes like on the pollywog, on the bullfrog the ball of your foot is used and you have a full size foot rest as well. the bullfrog comes with the 16 oz  flyer and bobbins only, not able to interchange head /flyers BUT you can use a 8 oz bobbin in the 16oz flyer on the bullfrog as well. see the photo below the 8 oz bobbin is in middle of the lazy kate for comparison. the 8 oz bobbins are ordered separately 



  I love my echo ! why do I? it is beefy enough for me to use the 32 oz flyer on it! ( I CAN TAKE IT OFF OF MY FIREFLY AND INTERCHANGE IT , SAME WITH THE MONARCH MODEL YOU CAN INTERCHANGE THE HEADS . and I can buy other size upgrades for the Echo as well.. but the Echo even thought it is the same size and weight as the bullfrog  is not as  easy to travel with compared to the bullfrog . the folding top of the SPINOLUTION BULLFROG and the built in Lazy Kate means i can carry less when i go to classes to teach and meetings. 


  here is my bull frog at a meeting

come by and schedule a time to try out the spinolution wheels  contact me  here www.saorisantacruz.com

I have bullfrogs in stock ready  to ship today  no waiting bullfrog spinning wheel link here 

some students and customers trying  the spinolutions 



spinolution has redesigned there largest wheel the MACH III TO THE 


 i do not have one to try out at the studio  but I  can order any spinolution wheel. The echo is similar to the monarch and the treadling is similar not as much momentum as the Monarch.  the Monarch  larger and has more options don't you  just love the laser design with the butterfly?


I also sell LOUET WHEELS  as well. schedule a time to try out wheels like these spinners did ….















  Some of my more recent art yarns  SPUN ON MY SPINOLUTION WHEELS





  white with black neps and black with white neps


















PEACEFUL SPINNING AND WEAVING IN THE CALIFORNIA REDWOODS

jILL NICKOLENE SANDERS

















Friday, August 10, 2018

learning to spin classes and learn to weave class no experience needed

 Yesterday Mel and her granddaughter came for a learn to spin yarn class 
Nora is just 11 years old…




 Here she is spinning on A louet classic double treadle spinning wheel after we had about a hour of drop spinng 




  mel has a drum carder  at home so i showed Nora how to card her own batts for spinning . i thought the two would enjoy doing  that together back at their home so some tips and ideas would inspire them  !
 

here she is carding her first batt! adding sparkles …

  drop spinning

  she went off oher own after about 15 minutes of instruction

 ! here are the spindles i use Golding drop spindles here
always sucessful with these balanced rim weighted spindles



 mel wanted to learn  about her scotch tension wheel victoria the louet traveling wheel here
she is spinning merino and learning the difference between bobbin lead wheels and scotch tension wheels 





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  Nora squealed with delight spinning , and carding… anxiety drops away when the magic of fibers twisting thought your fingers casts it's spell on you!



  mel wanted to learn how to ply… she we did ! on her LOUET S10C WHEEL HERE


 and she did absoutely amazing at plying 

I just heard back from Mel
 " Nora is showing everyone her skein of yarn she spun she is  so delighted . thank you so much we will be back next week"




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 Allson and her daughter came for a try it class. 

neither had done any type of fibers arts before. they were clearly amazing!


  winding bobbins on the Saori looms . all  SAORI LOOMS have built in bobbin winders!
Allson is  5'10" tall i set up  this loom  saori ch 60 loom -A WITH 6 VARIABLE HEIGHT SETTINGS so that she would be comfortable


TRYING ON SOME SAORI DESIGNS OF MINE








  twisting fringes






what a wonderful day!
want to have a wondeful day visisting  santa cruz?
schedule  a try it class no weaving experience needed! all ages families and friends!
contact me here to reserve and schedule 


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  i just finished 2 new bags for the saori wx60 or sx60 looms 





  THEY ARE UP IN ETSY SHOP HERE loom bags

also those of you who are looking for hrd to find  AMAZING HIGH QUALITY WEAVING COMBS look no futher….



i have 3 sizes of cherry combs hard to get and find the stainless steel teeth are non breakable .



  for more INFO ON THE
 CHERRY HAND CRAFTED WEAVING COMBS HERE

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JILL NICKOLENE SANDERS