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Spinning Wheel Whorls

$30.00$37.00

Choose the size you want and the wood to match your Schacht wheel. Whorls are interchangeable on Flatiron, Ladybug, Matchless, and Sidekick wheels.

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We offer a wide spectrum of whorls to fit the Flatiron, Ladybug, Matchless, and Sidekick spinning wheels:

  • extra slow speed*
  • slow speed
  • medium speed
  • fast speed
  • high speed**
  • super high speed**

*The extra slow whorl cannot be used on the Sidekick wheel.

**A high speed bobbin is required for spinning with high speed and super high speed whorls in double drive. (High speed bobbins are not required for Scotch tension mode.)

See ratios for each whorl on all of Schacht’s spinning wheels!

What whorls do I have?
Each new wheel comes with a medium and a fast speed whorl.

What do whorls do?
Whorls allow the bobbin to turn at a particular speed in relation to the revolutions of the wheel’s drive band. This relationship is given as a spinning ratio. A slower (bigger) whorl will slow down the bobbin and produce a yarn with less twist; a faster (smaller) whorl will speed up the bobbin and produce a yarn with more twist. Each Schacht whorl has a bigger and a smaller ridge into which the drive band can sit, so each whorl gives two possible spinning ratios. See the “Specs” tab or our spinning wheel guide for ratios.

What whorl do I use?
It depends on your treadling rate, the fiber you’re spinning, and the amount of twist you want. There are no hard and fast rules about whorls. Choose a whorl that helps your wheel do as much of the work for you as possible. In general: select bigger whorls or ridges for longer or coarser the fiber or less twist in the yarn; select smaller whorls or ridges for shorter or finer the fiber or more twist in the yarn.

 

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Flatiron Whorl Ratios

Product #

Product name

Ratios

WS6708 Extra Slow Speed Whorl 4.6:1 and 5.2:1
WS6704 Slow Speed Whorl 6.8:1 and 8.5:1
WS6706 Medium Speed Whorl 10.4:1 and 12.4:1
WS6707 Fast Speed Whorl 15:1 and 17.4:1
WS6705 High Speed Whorl* 20:1 and 25.2:1
WS6709 Super High Speed Whorl* 21.2:1 and 26.1:1

Ladybug Whorl Ratios

Product #

Product name

Ratios

WS6708 Extra Slow Speed Whorl 3.2:1 and 3.6:1
WS6704 Slow Speed Whorl 4.7:1 and 5.5:1
WS6706 Medium Speed Whorl 6.5:1 and 8.0:1
WS6707 Fast Speed Whorl 9.0:1 and 10.5:1
WS6705 High Speed Whorl* 11.5:1 and 14:1
WS6709 Super High Speed Whorl* 12.0:1 and 14.5:1

Sidekick Whorl Ratios

*Note: The Extra Slow Speed Whorl is not compatible with the Sidekick

Product #

Product name

Ratios

WS6704 Slow Speed Whorl 4:1 and 4.8:1
WS6706 Medium Speed Whorl 5.7:1 and 6.8:1
WS6707 Fast Speed Whorl 8.0:1 and 9.0:1
WS6705 High Speed Whorl* 10.0:1 and 12.0:1
WS6709 Super High Speed Whorl* 11.0:1 and 13.0:1

Matchless Whorl Ratios

Product Number

Product Name

Ratios

WS6708 Extra Slow Speed Whorl 4:1 and 4.5:1
WS6704 Slow Speed Whorl 6:1 and 7.5:1
WS6706 Medium Speed Whorl 9:1 and 10.5:1
WS6707 Fast Speed Whorl 12.6:1 and 15:1
WS6705 High Speed Whorl 17:1 and 20:1
WS6709 Super High Speed Whorl 18:1 and 21:1

 

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A
Speed

Extra Slow, Slow, Medium, Fast, High Speed, Super High Speed

Wood

Maple, Cherry