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60 Second Interview: Innerleithen Spinning Wheels

The countdown has officially started and it's now less than a month to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival! (Eeeep!) This week we are starting off the 60 Second Stallholder Interviews with spinning wheel maker Rod at Innerleithen Spinning Wheels based in the Scottish Borders. When did you start building Spinning Wheels?

I started making wheels in the late seventies with an adult in a Community Evening Class I was teaching. Innerleithen Spinning Wheels was started after I retired from a lifetime of teaching Craft and Design in August 2011. 

What was your first spinning wheel project?

 A little upright Shetland Style made in Elm

Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?

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What product are you most proud of?

Traquair Double Treadle Commission

Do you use Ravelry? 

No as I do not have the time to write.

Have you got favourite desiger and why?

The wheels made by the late John Willamson and Harry Pouncey are excellent and both makers produced a high quality item which are now highly desirable and will be the antiques the future.   

What's on your bench right now?

A Traquair Wheel for a spinner in the Nairn area  Guild made in Olive Ash

If you had to pick just one kind of yarn to knit with/ tool to work with / fibre to spin for the rest of your life what would it be?


Thanks Rod! If you're curious about Rod's Spinning Wheels and the Traquair Double Treadle Spinning Wheel, please visit his stall at Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

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