The “Spinolution” Wheels are here !!!!  It is not my intention that they replace your much-loved Ashford or Schacht Spinning Wheels, but if you are like me and like to travel, be it to Spinning/Weaving Camps, Craft Weekends, by car, train or plane, then please consider a “Spinolution” Wheel.  They are compact enough to go with you as carry-on luggage on a train or plane, and this has opened up a whole new option for me – and I hope for you !!!

Made from Baltic Birch – and guaranteed not to warp – there are Seven (7) wheels in the “Spinolution” range – Monarch, Echo, Bullfrog, Pollywog, Hopper, King Bee/Queen Bee and the e-spinner, Firefly.

To start, I have selected the “Pollywog”, “Echo” and “King Bee” Wheels.  All you need for minimum assembly of your new wheel is a phillips head screwdriver and if the “King Bee” is your preferred wheel, you won’t even need that !!!  All are double treadle wheels.

I have all three wheels in stock and available for you to try !!!!

The “King Bee” Wheel arrived in a box measuring 50cm long x 26 cm wide x 33 cm wide. I lifted it out of the box, pulled the small dark wooden knob towards me allowing me to open the wheel, lifting it to the right.  When fully open, I let go of the knob, listened for the “click” to ensure the wheel was locked in the upright position, checked the drive bands and started to spin – as simple as that !!!!  It has a large 8oz bobbin.   So easy to treadle !!  Just carry it by the handle !!!!

The “King Bee” is the only wheel that fully folds back into itself to become a box that you can carry.

The compact “King Bee” (above)

The “Pollywog” arrived in a box measuring 41cm high x 41 cm long and 24 cm wide.  It has an optional extra called an “Accelerator” enabling the orifice to be installed higher if required.  (I saw this as an option for younger children who may like to learn to spin, but have a height issue – 2 wheels for one !!!).  To install, attach the front bar to the front of the wheel base, then set the base upright, secure the head to the base with the black screw, add the drive bands and start spinning.  (f using the “Accelerator”, secure it to the base before adding the head).  It can quickly be taken apart and packed into a carry bag for easy travel.

The “Accelerator” is considered an upgrade.  It is a removeable circular whorl which attaches between the base and the head of the wheel and not only raises the level of the orifice, but gives you a total of 10 speeds for spinning finer weight yarns with your 4 oz bobbin.

The “Pollywog” (above)

The “Echo” is a basic wheel, of a more traditional style than either of the above, and quite a compact style, but, in my view, is not a “travel” style wheel like the “Pollywog” and “King Bee”.  It has a large 8oz bobbin.

The “Echo” (above)

Now to price !!!!   All wheels are made in USA, so International Freight is required.   However, it doesn’t matter where you live in Australia, the Freight charge is the same.  Also, each wheel is shipped separately, so there are no Import Duty/Customs Charges or GST !!!  Cost is still governed by the value of the Australian Dollar against the US Dollar and is unlikely to improve very much in the foreseeable future.  Currently it is .71 cents for imported goods.

“Echo” Wheel – $1,100.20 (includes International Freight delivered direct to your door wherever you are in Australia).

“Pollywog” Wheel – $1,003.57 (includes the “Accelerator” – which is optional – and International Freight delivered direct to your door wherever you are in Australia).

“King Bee” Wheel – $1,420.23 (includes International Freight delivered direct to your door wherever you are in Australia).

The above prices are based on the value of the AU Dollar at 71 cents.  Should the value of the AU dollar increase (go higher than 71 cents), the price will drop accordingly.



Richard & Elizabeth Ashford have just announced an annual award to encourage and support textile artists and help them to enjoy artistic freedom.  The award is designed to contribute to the development of the fibre arts or the education of future spinners, weavers, felters, knitters and dyers.   Valued at $5,000 NZ, the award can be used to purchase any Ashford equipment, fibre or yarns.  The award is open to everyone:  individuals, guilds/groups, aid agencies, non-government agencies………   Applications must be received by 1 March each year.  For details, criteria and application forms go to


NEW RANGE OF MERINO CROSS READY TO SPIN TOPS/SLIVER – 200 gm BAGS @ $10.00 PER BAG.  Colours include Rainbow Fleck, Ash, Shoal, Twilight Blue, Olive, Red Tweed, Carbon (Black), Mustard and Aran (White).

LIMITED RANGE OF 4 PLY COTTON YARN – 200 gm BALLS – Navy, Snow, Lavender, Kiwi, Blush, Peach, Arctic and Powder Blue. – $16.00 per Ball.


  • Lilli Loom – 10″ x 15″ Frame – warp either 6 or 12 epi – for Tapestry Weaving – comes with a beater, stick shuttle, pick-up stick, shed stick and weaving needle. Simple assembly and weaving instructions.   Watch the video at – $59.00 US
  • Easel Weaver – Warp, Weave and Display in 3 compact sizes – 6″, 8″ and 10″.Its unique kickstand can be folded flat into the centre brace, folded out for comfortable weaving or extended for display. – $38, $41, $45 US respectively.
  • 3-in-1 Magic Stick – is a small hand beater, pick-up stick and sewing stick with a hole large enough for roving (tops) – a handy tool for so many weaving jobs, whether on a tapestry, frame or rigid heddle loom – $15.00 US
  • Fringe Twister – comfortable for either right or left handed twisting, with replaceable clips, the Fringe Twister will make quick work of twisting your ends for a beautiful finished project – $35.00 US.

Lovely Finn>Romney/Corriedale fleeces have just arrived.   Only the best of the coated sheep – 1 Kg bags – $35.00 per Kg.  Colours – 4 x White,  1 of each of Light Grey, Variegated Grey, Fawn Moorit and Variegated Moorit.  A dream to spin !!!!

Latest white Superfine Merino tops at 17.5 micron – WONDERFUL to spin – 200 gms for $20.00

I have just obtained 2 sets ONLY of Earth Palette Dyes – each set contains the three primary colours – Red, Yellow, Blue – 57 gms per pot.  They each come with instructions for Cotton/Linen dyeing.  Each set is $21.40 plus postage where applicable.

I am very excited about the latest release from ASHFORD – their Weaving Starter Kits.  Ideal for those wanting to start to experience the joys of weaving, yet simple enough to take with you without the bulk of the larger looms.  They come in two (2) colourways – one in colours that remind me of snow (white, black, grey combinations) and one for the brightness of spring (maroon, blue, white, green, lime).  You can always design your own colourways !!!  The kits consist of a frame, weaving needle, 12 ply yarn, fibre, warp thread, dowel for hanging and warping and weaving instructions.  Everything for your first wall hanging !!   Finished size of your project is 24cm x 36 cm plus fringes – or try your own embellishments.  These kits retail at $85.00 each.

ASHFORD have just released their range of

10/2 and 5/2 unmercerised cotton

Same information and lengths as the mercerised cotton and same range of colours:

Bleached White, Fog, Pine Bark, Friar Brown, Twilight Grey, Jet Set Black, Chilli Pepper, Cedar Green, True Blue, Daisy Pink, Honey Suckle, Scuba Blue, Dazzling Blue, Coral Red, Celosia Orange, Green Glow, Freesia and Radiant Orchid.

10/2 and 5/2 mercerised cotton.

NE 10/2, is 1696m/1854 yds, 200 gm cones – $28.50 per cone

NE 5/2 is 848m/927 yds, 200 gm cones – $28.50 per cone

The colour range covers off white, pinks, blues, yellows, greens, browns, orange, reds, silver grey and black.


Schacht has just released the “Wolf Pup Double Back Beam”.  Now you have the added option of having two warps that can be separately tensioned for the Wolf Pup just like the Baby and Mighty Wolf.   The Beam comes in Maple and Recommended Retail Price is $285.00 US.   Please remember to provide the loom serial number to ensure proper fit for your loom.

15″ Cricket Looms – $310.00

10″ Cricket Looms now back in stock – $270.00

School Loom – $111.00

25″ Flip Loom incl 10 dent reed – $535.00

Flip Loom Carry Bag – $98.00

Tapestry Loom – 25″ – $223.00

A Frame Stand for Tapestry Loom – $97.00

Tapestry Bobbins (Set of 3) – $32.00 per set

SCHACHT have just introduced their “Flatiron” Spinning Wheel for either left-handed or right-handed spinners.  It has three styles – Scotch tension, Double Drive and Irish Tension;  is double treadle and takes all 5 whorls from very slow to super fast.

SCHACHT have announced the prototype of a new addition to the Wolf Loom Series – a Wolf Pup/Baby Wolf hybrid!!  With 8 harnesses and 10 treadles and a weaving width of 18″, this compact loom weaves likes the Baby Wolf with the size and portability of the Wolf Pup.   Price:  $2,100 US Dollars.  Availability:  Late November into December 2016.

ASHFORD BLENDING BOARD – Want to make felt easily?  Do you have a Blending Board?  Have a look at the Ashford Video and see how their dealer in Russia has come up with this unique way of making  felt !



VARI DENT REEDS – for 30cm Loom – $89.50;  for 50cm Loom – $109.00;  for 70cm Loom – $119.00

KNITTERS LOOMS – $335.00, 365.00 and $435.00 (Incl Carry bags) for the 12″, 20″ and 28″ Looms respectively.

SAMPLEIT LOOMS – $165.00 for the 8″ Sampleit Loom (now discontinued) and $175.00 for the 10″ Sampleit Looms

TABLE LOOMS – 4 Shaft – $975.00;  $955.00 and $1,025.00 for the 16″, 24″ and 32″ respectively.

TABLE LOOMS – 8 Shaft – $945.00;   $1,025.00;  $$1,095.00 for the 16″, 24″ and 32″ respectively.


“Spinners Haven” is now a dealer for Strauch products – if you are interested in purchasing these quality products, please let me know. Brochures available.

DVD’s – Limited supply of popular Interweave Videos now available – $15.00 each plus postage.

1.  The Gentle Art of Plying – Judith MacKenzie;  2.  Big & Lofty Yarns – Maggie Casey;  3.  Combing Fiber – Robin Russo;  4.  In Praise of Simple Cloth – Rita Buchanan; 5.  Color and Yarn Design for Spinners – Deb Menz;  6.  Spinning Silk – Sara Lamb; 7. Spinning for Lace – Margaret Stove;  8. Spin to Weave – Sara Lamb

CHEESES ARE BACK !!!!  Merino Cheeses are now back in stock.  Quick and easy – no preparation except to put the “spin” into the fibre.  Very popular for that quick “spin-up” – various weights available.

Spinners Haven is now carrying a limited range of carded cotton ready for spinning – Aussie Pima – similar to Egyptian Cotton (long staple – natural colour) and Aussie Cotton (shorter staple – white in colour).  All Australian grown and processed !! If you are looking for some quality cotton to spin please check availability as supply is seasonal.

Ashford are now carrying a range of Merino 70%/Alpaca 30% combination fibres – lovely colours – $12.25 per 100 gm or $91.75 kg.

Ashford have released their new Blending Board.  Now you can get the finest rolags which are a dream to spin and you can make the most incredible colour combinations – so simple and easy!!! – $222.50.

Ashford are pleased to announce the release of the new Country Spinner 2 which includes a 3 speed bobbin that allows the spinner freedom to spin an even wider range of bulky yarns.  It is easily assembled on a sturdy frame, double treadle and sensitive tension adjustment.  This new Spinner retails at $845.00 (Natural);  $985.00 (Lacquered).  All enquiries welcome.

Angelina Fibre – great enhancement to your spinning process where a lovely delicate shine is required to enhance your yarn.    5 gm – $3.50.

New Range of Opal Sock Yarn now in – $18.00 per 100 gm Ball (One ball makes one pair of socks).

New Ashford JOY 2 spinning wheel – Double Treadle with Carry Bag – $915.00

Ashford Wider Knitters Loom – 28″ – Retails for $435.00 (Incl Carry Bag combo – Stand $185.00

Schacht “Zoom Loom” – small portable loom for testing out larger projects or making small items – $60.00 – may vary with value of Aussie Dollar.


Here is a little loom you can easily take anywhere with you. The 18” weaving width is ideal for workshops and for all those other narrow projects. We’ve used the same sturdy X-frame, bolt and barrel-nut construction for our Wolf Pup looms as we use for our other Wolf Looms. The Wolf Pup folds up to a depth of only 16 inches. The attached wheels automatically engage when the loom is in the folded position. The Wolf Pup weighs just 38 pounds and can be sent via UPS.

Schacht Variable dent reed for Flip and Cricket Looms – SL2160 – 10″ Cricket Loom Reed –  includes 2 x 5 dent sections, 2 x 8 dent sections, 2 x 10 dent sections, 2 x 12 dent sections – $65.00

SL2161 – 15″ Cricket / Flip Looms Reeds –   includes 4 x 5 dent sections, 4 x 8 dent sections, 3 x 10 dent sections, 3 x 12 dent sections – $85.00

SL2162 – 20″ Flip Loom Reeds – includes 6 x 5 dent sections, 4 x 8 dent sections, 4 x 10 dent sections, 4 x 12 dent sections – $105.00

SL2163 – 25″ Flip Loom Reeds – includes 8 x 5 dent sections, 8 x 8 dent sections, 5 x 10 dent sections, 5 x 12 dent sections – $125.00

“Now you can mix and match dents in your Flip or Cricket Loom with our new Variable Dent Reed.  An assortment of rigid heddle reed sections in a variety of dents can be inserted into our special rigid heddle frame for different setts in the same reed.  The Variable Reed is a great tool for creating different densities in a fa