The Spinning Wheel Sleuth is the only periodical devoted exclusively to spinning wheels and related tools. Our goal is to collect, exchange, and share information about spinning wheels before the wheels and the material about them are completely lost.
Universally used before the industrial age, the variations in spinning wheels are endless. We study all aspects of wheel structures: unusual and ordinary, historic and contemporary,
as well as regional and ethnic variations. We research the biographies of wheel makers and discuss repairs and restorations.
Useful to spinners, spinning-wheel collectors, and textile researchers, this information can also help curators at historical societies and museums to identify some of the objects in their collections.
Join the quest! Participate in our treasure hunt! Become a spinning wheel sleuth! Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter now!
Please view the highlights and photographs from our Current Issue, January 2014.
Now in full color!
What You'll Find In The Spinning Wheel Sleuth
Our more than 75 Back Issues contain a wealth of information. There are several ways to find the back issue that has the information you want, the Back Issues page, the Index, and the Hot Topics list, and the new CD, The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, The First Ten Years.
All currently-available issues, #39 to the present, are on the Back Issues page. When you click on the Details and Images link for a specific issue, you will find descriptions of the articles and several pictures from that issue.
Or you can look on the Index for Issues #1 to #82, which is in a searchable PDF format.
Hot Topics are a list of popular subjects and the issues in which articles about them appear. The subjects include Canadian Production Wheels, great wheels, accelerating wheel heads, double-flyer spinning wheels, patented spinning wheels, reels, swifts, and more.
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To order, please go to our Back Issues Order Form.
New! The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, The First Ten Years is a CD containing PDFs of Issues #1 to #38, January 1993 to October 2002. An index for those issues is included.
To order, please go to our First Ten Years Order Form.
Read our Sample Article from Issue #34, in which the owners of (would you believe?) 100 spinning wheels, Pat and David Bownas share some useful advice on what to look for in your own quests.
See pictures from recent exhibits of spinning wheels organized by several contributors to The Spinning Wheel Sleuth. View them at Spinning Wheel Displays.
New Hand Loom Supplement #16 is now available. These annual publications use the same format as the quarterly newsletter and focus on hand looms, both antique and modern. Learn more about them at Hand Looms Supplements.
Other SWS Products include the Spinning-Wheel Maker List and Spinning wheel postcards.
Spinning-Wheel Maker List #7 contains more than 1,900 entries. This list incorporates all earlier lists. A searchable PDF version on CD is available as well as the paper printout.
The 4"x6" color Spinning Wheel Postcards feature six rare and unusual spinning wheels. They are available in packets of six (one of each spinning wheel).
For basic information about spinning wheels, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page which also includes links to spinning-wheel related sites.
Spinning Wheel Lectures - Florence Feldman-Wood, editor/ publisher of The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, offers a series of lectures about spinning wheels. See Lectures for more information.
See also My New Zealand Adventure for details of her trip.