Spinning Double Drive

I’m a new spinner and I like Scotch-tension than double-drive wheels. The Scotch-tension brake system allows spinners to control separately the flyer and the yarn take-up. Most modern wheels have the ability to do both but most antique wheels can only do double-drive. I love spinning on the Canadian Production wheel, but this wheel spins super fast and the double-drive system provides little control on the yarn take-up. Another added inconvenience is that the flyer has hooks on the opposite sides so I am unable to cross lace in the traditional method. This wheel demands an advance spinner and I’m still very much a beginner.

My friends at the guild suggested changing the cotton cord to a much thinner nylon cord for more slippage and this helps a little. Thicker yarns also give me little trouble but as soon as I want to spin lace, I’m frustrated again. After various attempts to cross lace such as looping through the arm(s) of the flyer or looping through hooks on the other side, I think I have “unvented” another way to loop around the next hook that will slow down the take up. The loop acts like a brake and gives me more time to draft. This seems to work well with the smooth merino/silk and worsted yarn, but might not work as well with short fiber and woolen spinning.

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