Mozzie, the Moswolt M1 Spinning Wheel

Mozzie, the Moswolt M1 Spinning Wheel

Last week I test drove a unique old artisan spinning wheel. A Moswolt M1 Spinning Wheel. Meet Mozzie…..

Moswolt M1 Spinning Wheel

Mozzie is a bit clunkity and talks and chatters, but he is a workhorse beast. It is the first single treadle wheel I have ever owned. He has one speed ratio of about a 4:1. His orifice is a half inch and my lockspun bulky yarn just slide right on through. The flyer has hooks all down each side and surprisingly my lock spun yarn rarely caught on any hooks. It seems one does not HAVE TO HAVE a giant orifice or sliding ring guides to spin bulky lockspun yarn. One has to have smooth hooks with no burrs or sharp bits.

Big bobbin

His bobbins are super big, holding approximately 10-12 ounces of yarn. The take up is strong and most times I spun with the brake off. Even at this slow ratio, I was able to do a modified backwards long draw down to a rather fine yarn. It felt faster than my Country Spinner 1 which is also a 4:1 ratio. I was able lockspin finer and backdraft long draw, which I just don’t seem to be able to do on my CS1. So being all things equal ratio wise, I have no idea why I can spin fine on Mozzie. I guess he did not read the spinning book rules and has his own ideas.

Mozzie Art Yarn

Mozzie really shines doing a 5 Bulky Art Yarn. The strong takeup creates a bulky weight lockspun art yarn quickly. I spun up a bobbin of my favorite locks and than thread plyed them off with a lace weight angora yarn. I had approximately 69-70 yards of Mozzie Spiral Art Yarn. Not too bad for a first Art Yarn skein.

Mozzie Textured Lockspun Art Yarn

Hand Painted Art Yarns added to the Shop!

I have been adding all the Hand Painted Art Yarn Skeins to the shop over the last few days.

Triple Crown Berry Hand Painted Yarn

I have had so much fun using the Greener Shades Dyes to get these glorious colors and it is good to know that they are gentle

Clown 1 Hand Painted Yarn

on the environment and myself.  Hubby has dubbed me the “mad scientist dyer cackling over her vat of dye in the corner!” and I will wear that title with as much pride as I do “Fiber Freak!”

 

I will put up a smattering of photos of some of the new yarns but to really appreciate them, you must go to the Shop Online Fiber and see all the photos for yourself.

Tropical Breeze Hand Painted Yarn

 

Harvest Handspun and Hand Painted Art Yarn

 

 

 

 

 

Wearable Art Fashion Show in Salida, CO

I have finally finished all four of the entries for the show.  Tomorrow I deliver the items

Fall Fire Shawl

and wait to see if the committee likes them or not.  Here they are.  thoughts?

1.  Fall Fire.  Hand Wove and Hand Painted extra long shawl.  50% Angora, 30% Merino, and 20% Mohair.  the Merino and Mohair was from my own herd.

2.  Fairbanks Shawl and Hat.  This was my second attempt at a vision of something that I wanted in my closet.  It was more or less what I wanted except it needed to be another 1-2 feet longer for my height so I am back to the drawing board waiting for the bunnies to grow me more French Angora Wool.

Fairbanks Shawl and Hat

 

 

3.  Felted Vest and Matching Bag.  This was originally supposed to be a lacy vest that draped but I forgot to put the lace pattern in and felted it when I was trying to full it.  So it became something entirely different.  I dyed this with Greener Shades Dyes as well as the Fall Fire.

Felted Vest and Matching Bag

 

 

Bits and Bobs.

 

 

4.  Bits and Bobs.  This is currently hanging in the ArtPrize show in Grand Rapids, MI.  I will get it back just days before the fashion show.  It will be nice to see it on a model and moving instead of just on the mannie.

These are the four entries for the show.  I do hope they will have them.  What do you think of them?  leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts.