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About Spinning Wheels

In the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, "Sleeping Beauty," a snubbed fairy causes a beautiful princess to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and to fall into a long, deep sleep. Today, many people are familiar with the spinning wheel only through its role in this classic story, but spinning played a big part in the birth of many fairy tales. Women would often tell stories while they spun wool, which is the reason spinning features in many different tales, from "Rumpelstiltskin" to "The Three Spinners." If you want a taste of the rustic life, you can take up spinning yourself, though telling stories is optional. To get started, you need a few essentials, including a wheel, spindle, and wool. If spinning seems like too much work, an antique spinning wheel makes an attractive décor piece. You can find lots of spinning wheels both new and used on eBay, which offers an excellent inventory of different types and models. If you already have a wheel, look on eBay to find replacement spinning wheel parts.