Rossiter Spinning & Weaving

Handcrafted spinning wheels by Julian Rossiter
Weaving by Elizabeth Rossiter

Welcome to the Rossiter Home Page 

Julian was already hooked on working with wood when his wife Elizabeth decided that natural yarns spun from fibres such as wool, linen and silk were far more interesting to work with than bought man made fibres. An innocent "please could you make me a wheel Jules?" has turned into a fascination with everything to do with spinning. This web site is a brief record of a unique collection of spinning wheels and accessories made by him over many years. Julian can be contacted via e-mail at:

Message from Jean

Hi, I have finally figured out how to use this software to publish a web site for Dad (Julian Rossiter). I produced a small booklet on his spinning wheels about 10 years ago. It was good but didn't get much exposure as it was expensive to print a lot of copies. At almost 92 he is still fascinated, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Only the other day he said to me "I am always looking for things to do". All his spinning wheels work which is not a trivial achievement! He has recently made a beautiful Takadai braid loom and is busy on a swift so I felt it was time to do something for him on the Internet. So I am attempting to create a web site on as the Johannesburg Weaver's Guild has recently started one here and gave me the idea. I thought it would be a good idea to link with them. Dad is too good a craftsman to let him go unnoticed!

I see the Cape Town Guild of Weavers also has an interesting site.

Mum (Elizabeth Rossiter) passed away in November 2009. This is a picture of her award winning Cocks tapestry. She would have been delighted to see her beautiful weaving published on the web too - so here goes. Watch this space!