Hello, again! I'm back with some updates on color availability and a plug for the flyer conversion.
Wool Combs: red, blue, and bronze
Hackles : red, blue, and bronze
Charkha: red, blue, bronze, and gold
Spinning Wheels: red, blue, bronze, and gold
Personally, I would love to find a variegated filament like this one. Part of the reason we print in the colors we do is for product strength, and some filaments are more reliable than others. We've had a lot of success with Hatchbox PLA. Not only is it strong, but it's also biodegradable. Hooray.
Of course I, an adult, am rooting for the sparkle green or the temperature changing filament. Can you imagine spinning while your wheel changes color? Also, the olive matte has a nice, calm aesthetic. The orange looks like birth control feels, but hey--you wouldn't misplace your hackle. There's lots of room to expand. We'll keep you updated when new opportunities come out.
Also, we released a new product: a flyer for a treadle sewing machine conversion.
My husband found his metal treadle on a local thrift site for $40. You can also find them at brick and mortar thrift stores. Then, he pulled a wood table top out of someone's garbage can (I'm not kidding) and made a spinning wheel attachment. It took FOREVER. (The build only took 5 minutes in the montage. Don't be fooled.) Measure, cut, sand. Measure, cut, sand. Sand more. Nope, even more. At the end, however, he built a working attachment, which he made a video about on his YouTube channel. (The audio is terrible; I apologize in advance.)
Fast forward a few years. We've officially opened the Good and Basic Etsy shop, and Joseph has successfully designed and released the full-sized spinning wheel. No more cutting, measuring, or sanding. Hooray!
The new flyer assembly is the same one for our spinning wheels. Joseph does plan to prototype a jumbo flyer in the near future. The jumbo flyers are most useful for bulky or craft yarn, while the standard assembly is better for thread or normal yarn.
The most important thing in setting it up--according to Joseph--is making sure that the drive band (see the dark cord) lines up with the corresponding wheel on the sewing machine base. If you're a visual person like me, I'd highly recommend watching those Youtube videos I linked above. The flyer is made from wood, but the same assembly principles apply.
Joseph & Aubrey Bjork
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