Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff »
InstructionsSupported spindle: I used a really long dowel (80cm) for in-chair spindling. For sitting on the floor, make it 45-60cm. Step 1. Drill through the round "foot". Check the dowel will fit into the hole.
Step 2. If the pointy balustrade top has a flat end, drill into that a short way too. If it has a peg, check the peg will fit into the hole in the "foot" - you may need to drill a bigger ...
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Type of item: Functional
Style: Eco-Friendly, Casual, Traditional
Supported spinde: wooden dowel, balustrade mouldings (one round "foot", one pointy), giant pencil sharpener, drill, drill bit to match dowel, wood glue, sandpaper, furniture wax Drop spindle: dowel, up hook, round wood coaster or 2 CDs, drill, drill bits to match dowel and cup hook, wood glue or 2 rubber bands, sandpaper, furniture wax
What was your inspiration?
I made a basic drop spindle years ago to try out spinning - I decided I liked it, and bought some better drop spindles. The Craftsy class has made me interested in trying supported spindles as well, so I made a long Navajo-ish spindle to try.
In the photos above, the 4 spindles are commerically made by (Left to Right): Ashford, Ashford, Katherine Kowalski and Schacht. The fibres are: Corriedale, dyed Merino, silk cap and bamboo. The Alpaca on the home-made Navajo spindle is from a "Guard Alpaca" living on a sheep farm near my parents. It hadn't been shorn for 2 years, so the staples are about 10cm long and a bit more coarse than a fibre alpaca's would be, but it's great to work with and was free. Gotta love that!
What are you most proud of?
I really enjoy seeing handspun yarn building up on my spindles. I am looking forward to having enough of the alpaca yarn to dye half and warp up the inkle loom. I'm planning some hatbands to thank the farmers who gave me their fleece.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
* Making your own spindle is a cheap way to start out, but unless you're an expert woodturner, your finished spindle won't be as well balanced or long-spinning as a professionally made one - expect to upgrade at some point if you decide to continue spindling!
* Fibre tips: Wool is a good fibre to start on. Alpaca is very similar. Silk is fun and not too hard to get a thin, strong yarn, but depending on how its prepared, can be hard not to have lumps. Bamboo viscose is a real pain - slippery and hard to keep from falling apart. Hemp and flax are hard on the fingers.