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Drop spindles

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    mossymossy
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    This weekend I learned how to spin using a drop spindle made out of an onion and a chopstick. I thought it was quite clever!

    I’m interested to hear if anyone else has made spindles out random things lying around the house and if they worked well 😀

    #467071
    ali_celtali_celt
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    There’s an excellent tutorial on youtube somewhere for how to make a very simple and effective drop spindle from an old cd and a pencil or a biro.

    Other than that – well, mostly bits of dowel with something vaguely symmetrical on the top will work LOL

    #467072
    DocDoc
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    Veggies were very popular with those who could afford them, back in the day.

    Early spinners (circa pre-medieval times , apparently) would often use a spinning flat stone.

    The whorl, sometimes known as an onion 😀 simply maintains the spin speed and constancy.

    Heavier/lighter stones were used depending on whether you were spinning wool, silk, or rugs :geek:

    Some would use sticks tied together to make a Turkish spindle with crossed sticks forming the whorl.

    I have made them from a stick with a mud whorl – purely to see if I can.

    I can, but it begs the question – why :shrug:

    Since I make wheels and spindles, I hang out with some really interesting historical (and sometimes, hysterical) forums and there would seem to only be a limit on your own imagination as to what to use.

    People have used dinner plates, forks/spoons or animal bones.

    I have even made them from wood 😀

    Maybe I just need to get out more. 😐

    Once you have mastered the onion, you should be able to move up to the beetroot. :tup:

    Great for colouring your fingers, too.

    spindle-ingly yours

    Doc 😉

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