One Crazy Fiber Lady

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One Crazy Fiber Lady


April 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments


Sigh.  That habit was easy to break.  So much for the once a week on a Sunday rundown posting.  It was nice while it lasted Winking smile  I do have progress on a number of fronts to post, but not this post.  I’m going to be doing something familiar to anyone who reads this blog.  I’m getting a new wheel.  I’ll be picking her up in (wait for it) MDSW.   She’s a Schacht-Reeves 24” double treadle in Cherry.  I lurve cherry and the observant will have noticed a recent trend around here from single to double treadles.  With the bum right ankle and the bad left foot, a single treadle no longer cuts it.  Neither foot is worse than the other, so a single isn’t really an option.  While both the Reeves and the old Matchless were large single treadles that I could put both feet on, it just isn’t the same.  The two footed treadle motion is different than a double treadle.  So there you have it, my rationale for swapping wheels.

What does this mean for the herd?  Well, the Reeves 24” is looking for a new home.

As you can see, beyond the light layer of dust, she’s in excellent shape.  24” in Oak, large single treadle with the flyer on the left.  There are three different whorls for the wheel, the extras screw onto storage on the underside of the bench.  There is also the orifice hook stowed in the bench just in front of the wheel support.

One of the differences between the Reeves and the S-R version is the finishing details that Rick used.  Instead of exposed screw holes, he plugged them with beautiful wood plugs throughout, this includes the drive wheel and where the treadle attaches to the treadle bar.

There are 5 large bobbins, two original Reeves and three that were recently made, as well as the bug style lazy kate.  They all work beautifully.  One of the originals has a notch missing from the edge, which you can see clearer here.

You can still cram a lot of fiber onto the thing.  No, the pink singles don’t come with the wheel.  I’ve since wound them off after being embarrassed at how very long they’ve been waiting to ply.  I actually spun the first bobbin on the Reeves Frame wheel that I sold in August of ‘09.  That explains the level of dust, n’est-ce pas?

Now the details.  This wheel would be a pain to ship, so I’m looking for a local buyer (wheel is in NJ).  I can deliver to a number of locations including the Clermont festival this week or the big one, MDSW.  I’m asking $1,100 $1,050 for her.  If you’re interested, please leave a comment or email me at risa AT crazyfiberlady DOT com (for some reason, gmail is now treating my comment email as spam).

Craft on!

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