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Homemade Box Charkha Uber Cheap & Easy Build

rigidheddleweaving.com's picture
Homemade book charkha.
Project Status: 
Project Date: 
Tue, 03/01/2011
Yarn: 6/2 cotton
Color: natural
Type: warp
Yarn: 6/2 cotton
Color: natural
Type: warp
Loom Used: 
Number of Shafts: 
Number of Treadles: 
2.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
2.00 in
Width on Loom: 
2.00 in
Finished Length: 
2.00 in
Finished Width: 
2.00 in

This cost me practically nothing to make and hardly any carpentry used. The spindles are double ended knitting needles with a plastic sewing machine bobbin for the drive wheel. This things spins like a dream. After making the pieces and waiting for the glue to set over-night, I put it all together and spun a bunch of cotton the next day.

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Sally Orgren's picture
Joined: 06/08/2009
As soon as a particular

As soon as a particular guildmate of mine sees this post, I am sure I am going to receive a PM from her! Have you thought to make this a program for your guild, or perhaps offer this as a class? Thank you for posting the how-to sequence of nicely taken photos for this project. What are you going to weave with the cotton?

Joined: 10/25/2010
Thanks! I'm not in a guild or


I'm not in a guild or anything. I'm new to spinning. I received several pounds of cotton and an absolutely gorgeous Tsunami drop spindle (by Golding) as a donation from a viewer to support my rigidheddleweaving.com site.  I love the drop spindle and often use it.From there I started researching spinning wheels. This was my third charkha. The first one was made entirely of cardboard http://rigidheddleweaving.com/miniblog.p...

Classes...do you mean on building a charkha or on spinning with one? I'm such a novice I wouldn't dream of giving a class on spinning. :S

Joined: 10/25/2010
No plans for the cotton

I have no plans for the spun cotton yet, but I'm finding spinning rather addicting! I'm sure I'll think of something to use it on, eventually. I used to hoard fabric. It would take 2 years, sometimes, before I'd finally find a use for some of it, but it was nice to have "in stock" when I needed it. :D

I also realized in the picture description, I used "it's" when it should be "its"...I don't see any place where I can edit that.