By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Winter holidays brought me a spinning wheel. Since most of the wheel is made of wood it needed to be properly polished. If you have a wheel yourself this tutorial takes you step by step for polishing. You can also use this technique on wooden spindles, looms and hand carders.
- Spinning wheel
- Wax polish
- Sand paper
- Soft scrap fabric
- Old toothbrush
Remove the wheel bands, flyer and bobbin. I have an Ashford brand wheel so bought their official wax polish. There are other brands and even homemade wax on Etsy that work as well. I recommend getting the non-flammable type as it’s safer and doesn’t smell.
The wheel came with 150 grade but that felt a little too rough so I grabbed some 400 and 600 grade to use first. The lower the number the more rough the sandpaper is.
Start with the least abrasive one first to avoid scratching your wheel. Run your hand over the wood and sand anything that feels rough.
If you miss a spot the t-shirt fabric will catch on any snags. That happened a few times with me. I just went back and sanded some more before continuing to polish.
Sand gently and increase pressure if needed. Better to sand a little longer than to make a little dent in the wood.
Ideally you will wait to start spinning until after you’ve sanded and polished your wheel. I was so excited I couldn’t help myself and spun up some wool before polishing!
Dip the fabric into the finishing wax. A little wax goes a long way so only scoop out a bit at a time.
Rub the wax over the wooden parts of your wheel. I rubbed in small circles. If you put on too much simply wipe off the excess.
Parts of the wheel may darken as you polish. The actual wheel part darkened considerably.
Use an old toothbrush to get polish into hard to reach spots.
The bobbins also darkened after rubbing the wax into them.
After polishing my wheel I have plenty of polish left. I’m planning on getting some hand carders so will use it to polish them as well.
Now that your wheel is finished you’re ready to spin some yarn.