So I visited The Yarn & Fiber Co. in Derry, NH yesterday, at their new location (14 East Broadway) in preparation for their Fleeces, Batts & Spinning event this weekend. I volunteered to come hang out for a while and bring my hand cards and two-pitch (two-row) Viking combs to demo for anyone who wants to see how those are used. The shop owners will be demonstrating and custom carding batts on a big electric drum carder (Fancy Kitty Big Tom). When I came home, this came with me!
This is a double treadle Hitchhiker spinning wheel, made by The Merlin Tree (David Paul) in Vermont. The one I saw, and posted a picture of, at the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool festival had the drive wheel painted purple. This one is unadorned. I had originally planned to put a Border Collie stencil or outline design around the outside of the big wheel - something in a herding crouch. Now I'm thinking I might want to go with a Star Trek theme! I found some starships on a coloring book page, and I'm considering ways to incorporate the Enterprise (original) as a stencil. I'm also thinking I'd like to use the phrase "To Boldly Go", and maybe "Live Long & Prosper" as well as Star Trek insignia. Maybe the insignia (all variations) could go around the edge of the wheel on the left-facing side; the words, both sets, could go around the edge on the right-hand side ("To Boldly Go" on one half, perhaps to the left of that cut-out in the picture above, and "Live Long and Prosper" going to the right, heading down toward the bobbins). Maybe the Enterprise in outline, as on the coloring book page, in stencil paint, directly opposite the cut-out on the wheel.
From the left-hand side of the wheel, the insignia designs would be visible on the wheel edge in a couple of different places; maybe a Vulcan IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination) symbol on the mother-of-all (odd-shaped piece just below that piece of blue roving in the picture).
I need to come up with something for the foot-shaped treadles... or maybe not. So far I'm loving these ideas, but if anyone has any other symbols or pictures that would be relatively easy to paint or stencil onto parts of the wheel, I'm open to suggestion! I am considering doing woodburning instead of painting, but I have yet to investigate the possibility (I would need a woodburning tool at the very least, and some practice).
To see some other decorated Hitchhiker wheels, check out this Pinterest page.