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Secrets of the Great Wheel

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Secrets of the Great Wheel

Andrea Myklebust

Saturday, June 18th

9:00am – 5:00pm

Workshop Overview

Secrets of the Great Wheel is part of our Flax to Linen mini series, which teaches students to grow, process, and spin flax to linen, taught by Andrea Myklebust. 

The great wheel, also known as the walking wheel, spindle wheel, or wool wheel, was a common textile tool in New England prior to the industrial revolution and into the 19th century, but few hand spinners know how to use them today. In this daylong workshop, we will learn how to use a great wheel, and experiment with different fiber selections and preparations for great wheel spinning.

We will look at examples of different great wheel designs, learn how to adjust, maintain and make simple repairs to great wheels, and will learn how to recognize a great wheel that could still be used for spinning when one encounters it ‘in the wild.’

This workshop is aimed at people who already have a basic understanding of handspinning, but may also be of interest to new spinners. If you do not have prior spinning experience, we suggest you also sign up for the Introduction to Handspinning workshop on June 16th & 17th.

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:


  • A hands-on grounding of the techniques using a great wheel to spin a woolen yarn
  • How to select, repair, and maintain a great wheel of their own


Andrea Myklebust


  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor reserves the right to require additional safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop

Housing + Meals

Housing and meals will be available on-site in 2022. We will let all registered students know when housing registration is open. Spots will be first-come, first serve. The option to choose meals will be open to all students. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

$125.00 / per student


7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

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(603) 435-7314


June 18
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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