Yes, you do not need a spinning wheel to make thread. You can use something much simpler, a drop spindle. Like this: There are lots of sites that deal with spinning - a hobby that can be useful in hard times. Here is a good place to start - Drop Spindle Spinning: Ultimate Guide to Drop Spindles - Interweave Thee also plenty of How to YT on this as well. ] Materials are inexpensive, and the spindles can be made at home from scrap. I was moved to post this after looking at an earlier post about an HG Wells book - the War form the Air. In the book (1907) Wells makes the point that most urban dwellers of his time (and today) don't know how to make basic cloth - and thread is needed before you can begin to weave. This can also be a great Art project if you have smaller kiddos or Grand kids with a sense of adventure. I hope this topic is of interest for you - I know it is for me. Have fun.