Spinning wheel

Old Sturbridge Village

Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Brushing or carding wool makes the fibers parallel to one another, after which a spinning wheel turns it into thread or yarn.

  • James Hargreaves's Spinnning Jenny (1750-57)
  • Modern replica of Arkwrights's Water Frame (1775)
  • Samuel Compton's Spinning Mule (1779)
  • Mule spinner creating cotton thread
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    Photograph by George P. Landow

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