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Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff taught by Drucilla Pettibone

Unwind while practicing the ancient craft of spindling. Drucilla Pettibone introduces you to easy and inexpensive spinning methods.

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Category Spinning
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? Shetland fibre and a Louet top whorl spindle

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What are you most proud of? This was not my first go at spinning as I have been spinning on a wheel for 6 months but I always found using a drop spindle more difficult. I had only spun unfinished singles on various spindles and then left them sitting on the spindle. This was my first finished skein and my first attempt at Andean plying which went better than I expected. I know it's not the most exciting project for other to see but I feel I accomplished a lot in making this skein thanks to Drucilla's lessons. It's a little uneven and slightly underspun in places but its gorgeously soft and bouncy which is what I was aiming for as previous attempts at spindle spinning have produced over spun wire!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't be afraid to experiment, don't be afraid to use your good fibre, nothing is wasted if you have learnt something. It's easier to succeed with decent fibre than with ratty, bad fibre. Practice a little every day at first to build muscle memory. You will learn faster that way than going at it for hours at once which will just tire and frustrate you. Most of all, have fun.

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I love this!

03/31/2013 Flag


04/05/2013 Flag

Great job!! It looks so nice. Thank you for sharing your tips and insights. I really appreciated them. I still go back and watch Drucilla's videos. That is what I love about Craftsy. I can watch the video whenever I want/need to. I did find that I prefer the bottom whorl to the top whorl. I find the bottom wheel easier to use, because I can actually prop it on a surface.

04/01/2013 Flag

Thanks, I have yet to try a bottom whorl as I only have top whorl spindles. I would like to get one though, I like dru's idea of spinning lying down, preferably on the sofa while watching tv ;p

04/05/2013 Flag

you did such a great job!!! hard to believe you're a beginner?!?

04/04/2013 Flag

Thanks, it helps that I have been wheel spinning, I think that's where I learned to loosen up and not over spin. Still learning to get the balance between underspun and over spun, I've gone a bit too much the other way. Thanks for giving me the confidence to try spindles again, I had almost given myself up as a dead loss on spindle spinning.

04/05/2013 Flag