Blue is my colour. I like all colours, but I love blue. So last autumn I bought blue paint for the distaff holder where you put your distaff when you spin flax. The lower part of the holder is new, turned by a kind man at the outdoor museum where I use to spin in the summers. He wanted me to paint it, so I did that a couple of days ago. I painted my spinning chair blue as well, because I really like to paint. And because I love blue 🙂
And then another kind person from that same museum called me and asked if I would like to take care of a spinning wheel, an heirloom that had belonged to a friend of her family. I said I’d have a look at it. And it was blue. And the wheel was straight, it had all the necessary parts, and I said, yes, I want to take care of it. I call it Elsa after the last owner. Here she is, with the blue chair, the blue arms, and my other Saxony wheel Eevi, and little Peerie Louet Victoria.
I have spun a few meters on her. Eevi is a wonderful wheel, but I have a feeling Elsa might be even better. Let’s see after a few months, when she has got used to her new home and the conditions here. She was made in the municipality where my husband and I have livet the last 24 years. I don’t know who made her. There used to be a wheel maker in almost every village, but what the wheels have in common is the blue colour with sparse red details. And, a relief for spinners with floors you don’t have to be afraid to damage: the legs have metal tips that keep Elsa stay where you’ve put her. No sliding across the floor here!
I will add red details to the distaff holder later.
What a gorgeous BLUE!! Elsa will love it in your house…and you will become accustomed to her quite quickly. A mutual attraction going here 🙂 lucky you.
Oh, yes, Elsa looks like a nice wheel to spin on. You will be able to spin a very fine yarn on her. Looks similar to my very first wheel, a Toika from Finland that I still have after 37 years of spinning. Of course I have other wheels now, but love the style of your Elsa and my Toika. I see you name your wheels, maybe I should try that out and see if it fits. Like the idea. Thanks for sharing your “Blue” wheels. You are indeed lucky to be caring for Elsa. M
How beautiful these wheels are!