How to build your own homemade electric spinning wheel for spinning wool

A project which seeks to prototype and openly publish the construction of a homemade electric spinning wheel for spinning wool. Currently, it is not easy to find tools for textile craftsmanship in an accessible way. By prototyping this spinning wheel, it aims to promote and disseminate the craft of textile fibers and experimentation.

The objective of this project was to manufacture and document an electric spinning wheel as it can be built from digital or manual fabrication and with close and simple elements.

Wool, economy and environment.

Wool is wasted material. For example, Spain is one of the largest producers of sheep in Europe for meat and dairy products. Although they all produce wool, there is no channel to use it as they do not provide the proper standard for industrial spinning. In this context, traditional sheep breeds are on the verge of extinction, as are textile techniques and the uses of their wool.

With this project, we intend to converge the possibilities of traditional wool fiber treatments with innovative uses and the new needs and tastes of today’s society while exploring the circular economy circuits that connect urban and rural areas. Promoting new ways of approaching the use of wool can revitalize sheep farming, breed diversification, the local economy of the textile sector, in addition to reducing the impact of wool as waste on the environment .

At the same time, a slow but constant revitalization of the public interest in wool is taking place in all its stages of transformation. Groups that focus on weaving are already common, but new carding, spinning and felting initiatives are emerging that do not have easy access to suppliers of wool or processing tools.

This project was carried out by Fran diaz Yes Elisabeth lorenzi in the project context “Open textile“, Based in Madrid and which aims to study the processes of social innovation in the textile field through creative and experimental laboratories, using collaborative methodologies, open source technologies and a process of registration and documentation that is adapts to the needs of the textile.


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