• On Demand

    This course is self-paced and is available immediately after you enroll.

  • Basics and Beyond

    Great for spinners of all levels interested in learning about how their wheel works.

  • Series

    This course has two parts and includes video lessons, workbooks, and more.

Tuning Your Wheel to Work with Your Body

Spinning wheels are marvelous machines! Instructor Amy Tyler wants to help you know the mechanics of how you and your wheel work—and how to use that knowledge to improve your spinning.

In this two-part series* you’ll learn the concepts of mechanics and motion (such as force, torque, angular momentum, and friction) in a non-mathematical, practical way. While this course covers the science of spinning, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand and utilize all the concepts presented. 

As you follow along, you’ll:

  • Refamiliarize yourself with the parts of different wheels
  • Understand drive and tension systems, including Scotch Tension, Irish Tension, and Double Drive
  • Gain an understanding of drive ratio and how to use it to control twist
  • Learn how to use pushing and pulling forces to your advantage
  • Explore the physics of spinning in a fun and enjoyable way
  • Reinforce your skills with the exercises included in many of the lessons

By the end of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of your wheel, the forces at work while spinning, and how you and your wheel can work together. Whether you’ve been spinning for 5 days or 50 years, these valuable lessons and exercises will help you refine and tune your spinning.

Included in the Series:

  • Over 100 minutes of detailed instructional video
  • Workbook and exercises for Part 1
  • Workbook and exercises for Part 2
  • Bonus resources

*How the two-part series works: When you purchase this series, or have access through your subscription, you’ll get ALL the video lessons, workbooks, and exercises for both parts as they release. It’s like having two courses in one! The release schedule will be as follows:

  •  Part 1 is available in your course starting today
  • Part 2 will be available in the course starting January 11, 2023

We hope this gives you time to watch and digest each lesson, practice using the exercises included, and reinforce the concepts you’ve learned while spinning.  


Amy Tyler

Amy Tyler has spent her adult life studying human movement, both in art (modern dance) and in science (kinesiology, physiology). She spent nine years teaching physical therapy students about motor learning, neuromuscular physiology, biomechanics, and evidence-based therapy. She left the academic life in 2004 to pursue fiber arts. When asked recently by a former physiology colleague if she uses her science background in the fiber arts, she replied, “Every single day!”


Spinning Wheel Mechanics

“This course is easy to do ... I took an afternoon for each part including the exercises. Very very worth the time and money whether you are a new or experienced spinner. ” - Christina Roberson


“I learned more about my spinning wheel in this course than in 9 weeks in a formal in person class. I really understand now what it is doing and why. Will watch again and again!” - Kathryn Carle

Very Good

“She was very informative and detailed on wheel mechanics. I especially appreciate all the downloads and visual aids she included. Very helpful as a reference. Thank you.” - Jo-Anne LaVigne

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction

    1. Getting Started and Part 1 Workbook

    2. Parts of the Spinning Wheel

    3. Drive Mechanisms and Drive Ratio

    4. Exercises

    5. Push and Pull

    6. Exercises

    1. Getting Started and Part 2 Workbook

    2. Doing the Twist

    3. Controlling the Twist in Your Yarn

    4. Exercises

    5. Other Forces at Work

    6. Exercises

    7. Wheel Maintenance

    1. Conclusion

    1. Resources

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 19 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content