How do you Spin on a Charkha?


I just had to pop in here tonight to share my excitement with you!

My dear friend Dana, has a friend called Linda who is moving down to the coast, she was giving away a few items and one of them was a Charkha for spinning. The Charkha is one of the oldest spinning tools and was also used often around the time of Ghandi, if you would like to read more about it’s history go here. Dana asked me if I was interested in having it and I said yes! This one is actually from India, I have seen them before, but I have no idea how to use one. Some wonderful new learning will be taking place here this week, that’s for sure. Have you ever spun on one of these? If you have please could you give me a few tips:)

Not only did she send me this lovely spinning tool, but she also sent me a whole bag of beautiful, soft roving! How very generous, I am incredibly grateful!

Hope you have had a lovely weekend.

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15 Responses to How do you Spin on a Charkha?

  1. eidolons September 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Oh wow! Congrats on your new toy! (:

  2. celestine September 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    I have always wanted a Charka….hopefully now that I have a studio at our new house I will be able to get one this year…..Best wishes in learning how to use yours….

  3. deanna7trees September 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    i’ve just learned how to spin using a drop spindle and was just looking at these on ebay last week. there are lots of good videos. just google “charkha spinning wheel”. hope you’ll keep posting about this. i’m very interested.

  4. jezz September 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    I have a book charkha and have used it to spin cotton. I learned pre-youtube, so I’ve never checked to see what videos are out there (but I’m sure there are some). You spin off the tip, so it helps to have well-prepared fiber.

  5. lori September 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    oh my goodness linda! i am so excited for you, i didn’t know what a charkha is but now i am happy to have learned. i can’t wait to see what you create!

  6. Donna September 10, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    I’m sure you will figure out how to make beautiful things….cause that’s what you do!

  7. niria September 10, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    What a wonderful and historical tool! Love the rustic encasement and words….

  8. Shadow Byrd September 10, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Oh awesome!! I’ve thought about getting one since we’re short of space.

    Hopefully you’ll share how you do it. 😀

  9. K September 10, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    We ran into a woman at the local fiber show a few weeks ago and she was using one of these. Rachel got her name and info – so maybe you could connect with her. I’ll go find Rachel and send her to you.

  10. Christine September 10, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Wow! How wonderful. No advice to offer but I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what you do with it! 🙂

  11. Rene' Sharp September 10, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Oh wow, haven’t even heard of this before, good luck!!!

  12. theblogmaven September 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I was always wondering what that was, watching Gandhi – that’s what he uses in the movie, right? So cool – hope to see some photos of spinning success soon!

  13. Rachel Biel September 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Eileen Hallman, another TAFA member, specializes in the khadi weaving techniques. You will have to contact her! Here is her member profile on TAFA:

  14. Taryn Kae Wilson September 12, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    That’s so exciting!! Have fun. 🙂

    Love, Taryn

  15. Denise September 19, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    Wow! Lucky you! I’ve been wanting one for years! 🙂

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