The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

How to Choose a Wheel

Friday, October 20, 2017

1:00 - 4:00

Instructor: Carolyn Rivello

Class Fee: $100.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 12

10 Seats Available

About Seat Availability: The availability shown above does NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is available to be purchased. Each registration will be verified after your purchase and if an over sale of seats occurs you will be notified and the price of the over sold seat will be refunded in it's entirety.

Registration Disabled


Looking to buy a wheel but don’t know where to begin? Have a wheel but are thinking of getting another? Overwhelmed with all the choices and aren’t sure how to keep it all straight? This class is for you!

Our focus will be not on which wheel to choose but on how to choose. To do that, we will discuss various aspects of a wheel - drive types, orifice types, bobbins, treadles, ratios, and much, much more. We’ll talk about what kind of yarn you want to make, and how to know that the wheel you pick will be able to handle the work you want to produce. 

You will leave with the knowledge you need to be able to assess any wheel and make sound judgments on whether it will suit you and your needs.
You may bring a wheel (in working condition only) if you already have one. If you don’t, there will be wheels to try. Bring a notebook for taking notes. Handouts will be provided, and fiber for “test-driving” all the wheels will be provided. 

Level of experience: Should be able to spin a continuous yarn and ply, so that students can try the wheels available. The information would still be very useful for a non-spinner, but no spinning instruction will be provided.

Email with any questions.

Materials Information

There is a $10 materials fee included in the price of registration.

Materials Provided by Instructor: Fiber for trying the wheels, handouts

Materials Provided by Student: A wheel if you have one, notebook and pen/pencil

Homework: None

Workshop Instructor

Carolyn Rivello has been involved with handwork of all kinds since learning to sew in 4-H when she was young. She has been spinning for seventeen more