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A spinning wheel is a subtle machine!

Judith will also show how to get the best performance from each type of wheel, and share tips on making your wheel as efficient and versatile as it was designed to be.

You'll learn:

  • how wheel size influences its spinning;
  • how the shape of your flyer affects your spinning;
  • why your hooks are on the same side of the flyer, or why you might want them to be;
  • why a pulley is not a whorl;
  • how to fill a flyer properly, and why it matters;
  • how to spin 6 different yarns with simple adjustments to your wheel;
  • many other fascinating and useful facts and exercises that will make you a better spinner.

Meet Judith MacKenzie

Judith MacKenzie

Judith MacKenzie has been spinning and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training has been expanded with world travel, deep research, and industry consultation. She writes and teaches extensively, and is the author of The Intentional Spinner and The Practical Spinner's Guide to Rare Luxury Fibers. Her popular online courses include Three Bags Full, Spinning Primitive Breeds, and Popular Wheel Mechanics.


Easy to Follow

“Excellent and easy to follow explanation of various parts of the spinning wheel ! Also enjoyed the actual demonstration of wheel adjustments and how they affect your spinning. ” - Roberta Santiago

Great course!

“Judith is such a wealth of knowledge and this video is like hearing all of her wheel ‘hacks’ to help you master your wheel to help you spin the yarn you want, instead of the yarn you always get!” - Donita Westman

Best Long Thread course yet!

“Wow! I’ve known of Judith MacKenzie but I had not yet seen her in class mode. I learned more from this course than the stack of spinning books by my bedside combined. She de-mystifies spinning wheels and answers all the questions you didn’t know you had. Glad I hadn’t purchased a wheel before watching. Now I have some ideas of what I’m looking for! Bonus: Judith is wise and Zen-like. Watch her and your blood pressure will drop.” - [email protected] .

Course curriculum

    1. Video Lesson: The Evolution of Spinning

    2. Continued

    3. Video Lesson: Flyer Mechanics

    4. Understanding the Drive to Spin

    5. Video Lesson: The Parts of a Wheel

    6. Footman & Treadle; Drive Wheel; Bobbin; & Flyer

    1. Video Lesson: Managing Tension

    2. Spinning the Yarn You Want

    1. Video Lesson: Maintaining Your Wheel

    2. Wheel Maintenance

    1. What You Learned

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 14 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content