The swift winder together with lace pieces was bought in Europe by Nan Warner, who was a retired school teacher and together with her husband Max travelled to Europe and China after they retired. Nan joined a lace making group in the late 1970s who until well into the 1980s and 1990s the group met in each others homes once a month in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne around the Vermont and Ringwood area. The group later became part of the Australian Lace Guild. The donor was also a lacemaker in the group.
Hand turned spindle winders and swifts are also used by weavers and spinners.
Hand turned wooden wool winder and swift and spindles. It has a wooden base with drawers with a vertical wheel, spindle with winder on an arm with rotating thread holders.