When we first started out on our adventure into spinning wool, the drop spindle is what we used. It is a great little tool to help introduce you to the art of spinning, but beware, once you start you’ll be hooked. Even if you’ve progressed to spinning wool using a wheel, having a few drop spindles around the house can be helpful, especially if you have a small project and you don’t want to unload the wool already loaded onto your wheel.
So, why did we decide to make our own spindles? We’ve tried several over the years and while they certainly do the job, some of them tend to wobble more than we’d like and others, well, they just don’t spin very long. Could we improve on this on our own? That’s the question we asked.
We came up with a design (that includes a wheel that resembles our very own farm logo) and the very first trial was a resounding success. Our top whorl drop spindle started spinning and then kept going, and going, and going. It spun for so long that we had to stop it before it reached the floor! It was also very well balanced with just a hint of wobble.
We are so excited about this spindle that we wanted to share it with you. Everyone in the family (ok, except for the baby) has had a part in making each one of our spindles. Most of them have been stained in various color combinations, but we will also have a few unstained, natural spindles available at the Kid-N-Ewe Festival.
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