How the Flyer Does It!

  • The bobbin sits on an axle between the flyer arms.
  • The fiber you will be spinning is attached to the bobbin via a leader yarn that is threaded out through the orifice of the flyer.
  • When the flyer spins (because you are treadling), it imparts twist to the fiber between you and the orifice.
  • The pull on the fiber that you feel is called “take up”, and is a function of the difference in speeds of the bobbin and flyer.
  • When you permit the fiber to move towards the orifice, it begins to wind on the bobbin.
Double Drive wheel, bentwood Flyer
Double Drive wheel, bentwood Flyer

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