Project Description

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.

What you will need

  • 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 bits to match dowel and cup hook
  • wood glue or 2 rubber bands
  • furniture wax

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