Kromski Prelude Spinning Wheel
Just the wheel for beginners (though you may never outgrow it!) or perhaps a second Kromski wheel for others. It has the look of an antique wheel and the high degree of wood turning that the Kromskis are famous for, but it also has all the touches modern spinners expect.
The Prelude is a single drive wheel. The good news here is that it uses the same bobbins as all the other Kromski wheels, even the double drive wheels. This means that, as you consider adding a second or third Kromski wheel, you know your bobbins will work with all the different models.The Prelude is easy to treadle, very easy to transport, and has an 18″ diameter wheel (same as the Kromski Minstrel) for excellent ratios. If you like, you can swivel the mother-of-all in line with the bench for a more compact “package” when moving the wheel or for storage.The Prelude is made of European alder and birch. This is a perfect wheel for reenactors. Additional specifications:
• wheel diameter – 18″
• orifice height – 26″; size – 3/8″
•bobbins: 3 included; will fit all other Kromski wheels; Kromski regular bobbins have yarn capacity that is 50% greater than many other popular wheel bobbins; a plus for any spinner
• also includes threading hook, attached Lazy Kate, bottle of spinning wheel oil
• Ratios: 6, 10.5, and 13 to 1; see options below for other speeds
• bearings on wheel shaft; leather bearings on flyer
• weight – 9 lbs.
• elastic drive band
This wheel comes boxed as a kit but goes together quickly. It is available unfinished or with a factory clear, walnut or mahogany finish that is exceptional (see a sample of the finishes further down this page).
In addition to written assembly instructions we have videos on how to assemble the Prelude and a basic intro to spinning.
Instructions for putting a Prelude together.
Video Instruactions for putting a Prelude together.
Now you can extend the range of your Kromski Prelude with the addition of the Jumbo Flyer Kit and the Faster Flyer. See our video about these flyers.
Set up your Prelude with the Jumbo flyer and you add lower end speeds AND the extra large flyer bobbin capacity. Kit includes jumbo flyer, one jumbo bobbin and front maiden post.
Ratios: 5.5, 7, and 9:1
Ratio Comparisons – all Kromski Wheels
Inform Yourself – understand the difference between a single drive and a double drive wheel.
Jumbo bobbin capacity – 50 cubic inches. Orifice diameter is .7 inches
Whether it is a Kromski wheel or something else, our tips will be a big help in keeping your wheel tuned up and working as it should. Also see our list of other videos.
Instructions for using Jumbo Flyer and tensioning elastic drive band
The Faster Flyer for the Prelude increases the ratio speeds to cover most spinning requirements for finer yarn and fibers that need more twist. Use your regular bobbins with the Faster Flyer.
Ratios: 11, 14.5 and 16.5:1