Winding Tools

For some weavers and knitters the least exciting part is the winding process. Whether you have to wind yarn off, on or into bobbins, spools, skeins or balls, Camilla Valley Farm has the tool to make your job easier. Below you will find a collection of time saving tools to make this part of your project a snap!

Ball Winder

A very useful tool for knitters, this device allows you to convert yarn on hanks, spools or cones into flat bottom, self-standing, centre-pull balls. It can be used alone or with an Umbrella Swift to save you time converting skeins top balls. The ball winder is made of metal and strong flexible plastic, can be clamped to a table and has a removable ball holder for compact storage of the device. Unlike other cheaper winders the Royal Ball winder doesn't jam and mangle yarn. Warning: Note that children are fascinated by the winding process and will want to help you with it!

Part Number Description Price
KBALLWINDER Royal Ball Winder $55.95 CDN
$49.95 US

Hand Bobbin Winder

A light but strong hand bobbin winder with completely covered gearing system using permanently greased bearings for low maintenance. The devices tapered plated shaft fits all Leclerc bobbins and spools while it can be modified for use with bobbins having wider openings by simply adding tape. The Leclerc bobbin winder has a wooden handle, clamps to table tops up to 1 1/2 inch thick and provides a turning ratio of 1:7.5 to speed the winding process.

Part Number Description Price
6331-1000 Hand Bobbin Winder $112.00 CDN

Electric Bobbin Winders

Available in two versions, these Leclerc electric bobbin winders speed the winding process and have a foot operated speed control. The Single-Ended electric bobbin winder (shown left top) has a tapered shaft like the Hand Bobbin Winder above and is designed for Leclerc 4" (10 cm) and 6" (15 cm) bobbins, pirns and spools.

Part Number Description Price
6334-1000 Single-Ended Electric Winder $209.00 CDN

The Double-Ended winder (shown right and below) holds both ends of the bobbin/spool and the spring loaded sliding tailpiece moves to support any size bobbin, pirn or spool from 1" to 8" (25 mm to 20 cm). Both electric winders have 1/15 hp motors and connect to a standard 120V AC power source.

NEW FOR 2009 Leclerc has enhanced the Double Bobbin Winder with an optional tensioning device that maintains a uniform tension on the yarn being wound and lets the weaver control how the yarn is being wound on bobbins, spools and pirns with a sliding hand control. The tensioning device can be added to existing Double Bobbin Winders and can also be ordered with an optional Yardage Counter.

Part Number Description Price
6334-9000 Double-Ended Electric Winder $273.00 CDN
6334-9001 Double-Ended Electric Winder
with Tension Device and Counter
$423.00 CDN
6334-9002 Double-Ended Electric Winder
with Tension Device (No Counter)
$348.00 CDN
6334-9003 Tension Device Upgrade
for Double Bobbin Winders
$102.00 CDN

Umbrella Swift

These low cost swifts are also one of the nicest ones we have ever seen! The traditional design and beautifully finished wood surfaces combined with the sturdy design makes this a functional tool for any weaver, spinner or knitter as well as a lovely piece of equipment!

Used to hold skeins while unwinding yarn onto balls or bobbins, this umbrella swift mounts to a table or any protruding flat surface and spins around smoothly. Made of wood, the small swift adjusts easily to hold skeins up to 78 inches (198 cm) in circumference while the large swift holds skeins up to 100 inches (254 cm). For storage, the small swift collapses to a size of 4 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 25 1/2" (11 x 11 x 65 cm). The clamp opens up to 1 3/4" (4.5 cm)

Note: While the swift is great for unwinding skeins of yarn and avoiding the tangling that often occurs when using a chair or another persons hands, it is not the greatest tool for winding yarn on to make skeins. A better tool for this is our Skein Winder.

Part Number Description Price
SWIFT-SM Umbrella Swift $89.95 CDN
$79.95 US
SWIFT-LG Umbrella Swift - Large $99.95 CDN
$89.95 US

Skein Winder

This Leclerc metal skein winder clamps to the table top and speeds the process of winding yarn into skeins. It has an adjustable design that allows the creation of skeins with circumferences ranging from 40" to 60" (102 cm to 150 cm). To use, the yarn is attached to one of the forks and when the handle is turned, yarn is wound on. The large area on the supports allows very, very thick skeins to be created.

Note: If you are looking to unwind skeins of yarns, the Umbrella Swift is a better tool. It is much lighter and spins easily allowing the yarn to be wound on balls, cones, pirns or bobbins quickly.

Part Number Description Price
6351-4000 Skein Winder $225.00 CDN

Fringe Twisters

These helpful tools let you easily add fringes to blankets, afghans scarves and throws. Simply decide how many strands are to be twisted together, divide them in two groups, clamp one group into each of the clips on the Fringe Twister and then holding the wooden crank in the centre, crank clockwise as many times as desired or until the strands start to kink. After removing the clips, the two, three or four groups will entwine producing the fringe and can then be tied together with an overhand knot. Leclerc Fringe Twisters are made from polished and varnished Canadian Maple and have two, three or four sturdy clips.

Note: Unlike other manufacturers of similar products, Leclerc has an arrangement with Russ & Melody Lang, the inventors of the original Fringe Twister.

Part Number Description Price
5682-5683 Double Fringe Twister $17.00
5683-5683 Triple Fringe Twister $20.00
5684-5683 Quad Fringe Twister $24.00

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Last Updated: Monday April 13th, 2015