New Whimsies in Wire & Wool

Some new at Whimsical Ewe:

NEEDLE FELTED SPINNING WHEEL THREADING HOOKS  Ordinarily I carve wooden hook handles, which is grand fun, but challenging… (a euphemism for:  #@*# difficult at times).   With a needle-felted handle instead of wood, a broader range of playful ingenuity is possible, including embellishments of beading and embroidery.

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The wool design is needled FIRM to withstand frequent handling.   Next, the hook itself must be embedded permanently in the wool.  I chose piano wire again, albeit a thinner version.  Piano wire has amazing strength and flexibility – superior in every way to craft wire.  Opting for a ‘loop’ model gave a pleasing appearance and allows the customer to easily pinch-bend the hook to best fit their wheel’s orifice.

I had to avoid the possibility of wire pulling loose, or ends poking through wool handle.   Experiment 4.0 was the winner, and ~ without giving away “trade secrets,” I can assure customers the wire is NOT going to work loose.  I don’t just glue wire straight into a poked hole.  No, no, no…  MY wire is tied / cinched / crimped / bound / looped & locked.  It is #%# secure!!  (You’d have to hack it out of the wool handle with a chainsaw).

That said, I do ensure the handle itself is all soft on the hand.  Legs – ears – leaves – fins — they don’t poke, they flex.  Most hooks have a cord to hang prettily on your wheel, others could be tucked into a wee bag.

Visit our Whimsical Ewe booth to see new hooks at Black Sheep Gathering, 2018.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “New Whimsies in Wire & Wool

  1. I love the oriface hooks! They will work great
    on my Drudik wheels, and on my Hansen E-Spinners!
    Terry
    See you at Black Sheep!

    • Hi Terry! I am so delighted to hear from you. Really glad you like the idea of the loop-wire hooks. I wonder that I hadn’t thought of using looped wire for my wooden hooks I’ve been carving for 6 years. I suppose no customer ever asked me for a wire shape different from the ubiquitous “candy cane” design. Terry – can you give me an idea of best wire length for an E-spinner? That would be super helpful to know. See you soon!
      Dana

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