Schacht 2" Hi-Lo Spindle. This spindle has a 12"
shaft, weighs 1.1 oz. and has a groove at one end and a hook at the
opposite end, so it can be used as either a high or low whorl spindle.
Made of hard maple and finished by hand with Danish oil.
Schacht 3” and 4” Hi-Lo Spindles. A
brass hook on the whorl end for high-whorlspinning
and a notched shaft for bottom-whorl spinning. The 3”
weighs 2.2 ounces and the 4” weighs 3 ounces.
Schacht 3" Hi-Lo Spindle. This spindle has a 12"
shaft, weighs 2.2 ounces, has a hook for high-whorl spinning and a groove
for low-whorl spinning. Made
of hard maple and finished by hand with Danish oil.
Schacht 4" Hi-Lo Spindle. This spindle has a 12"
shaft, weighs 3 ounces, has a hook for high-whorl spinning and a groove for
low-whorl spinning. Made of
hard maple and finished by hand with Danish oil.
Ashford Student Drop Spindle Ashford recently changed the design of the student drop spindles. They are now even better, lighter in weight and the top whorl makes them perfect for the beginner spinner. Natural wood finish, 3-1/8" diamter top whorl, with hook.
9-1/4" shaft. 2.25 ounces.
Reasonably priced and ideal for teachers needing spindles for teaching.
Kromski Drop Spindles
Top whorl spindles are excellent for beginners and for general purpose spindle spinning. Available in walnut, clear, mahogany and unfinished.
Made of European Alder/Beech hardwood.
Small or large top whorl spindles. Rim weighted, metal hooks.
Prices range from $32 - $40. Shaft lengths range from 9" to
12". Small whorls are approximately 2", large whorls are
approximately 3". Large
weigh 24 - 32 grams, small weight 18 - 22 grams. Notched.
Valkyrie Turkish Spindles
Made of native
hardwoods. Knobs at both ends of shaft allow you to use this spindle as
top or bottom whorl. Lovely intersecting arms allow you to remove your
ball of spun yarn without unwinding. Shaft is 10" long, with 5" arms.
Weight is approximately 1.5 oz. Rubbed with a Danish Oil Finish.
Currently available in cherry, maple or walnut (walnut spindles have
a maple shaft).
Designed for the traditional method of rolling on the
spinner's thigh while seated on a low stool or kneeling. Made of hard maple and finished by hand with Danish
oil. Whorl is 4 1/2" diameter and the shaft measures 30".
Weight: 5 oz.
Wood Beams aka Mrs Bindle's Spindle Balm
Wood Food - Rub on, wait a bit, and then buff with a soft cloth to a satin
finish. Works wonders on all woods, even food-surface safe!! Try it on knife
handles, butcher blocks, fine wood furniture, and our favorite use - spindles
and spinning wheels!! Contains pure vegetable oils and real lemon and lavender
essential oils. 4 oz.
Basic Drop Spindle Kit Comes with everything you need to learn how to spin yarn on a drop
spindle: the 55 minute DVD "Getting Started on a Drop Spindle" with
Maggie Casey, one of the Ashford small top whorl spindles, and a 1/4 lb. of NZ Corriedale
roving.* Save $6.45
(over purchasing the items separately)!
*Depending on availability of listed fibers, we reserve the
right to substitute colors.
Learn to Spin Kit from Nancy's Knit Knacks
The NKK Learn to Spin Kit is one of the very first to offer quality components and a 32 minute DVD at such a low price. Nancy personally designed this kit for beginners. Each one of
the kit components was selected based on its ease of use for a beginning spinner.
The spindle is made from birch hardwood components which have an oil finish applied.
The shaft measures 11" in length (3/8" diameter) with a 2.75" diameter top whorl.
The whorl has 2 notches (one on each side opposite of the hook).
The hook is made from a custom designed wire which will not bend or twist. Its special shape helps ensure that the spindle will spin properly.
The total weight is approximately 45 grams which is within the ideal weight range for a beginning spinner (not too light or too heavy)
The one ounce of fiber is from Ashland Bay Trading Company of the USA. It is their multi-colored Colonial fiber which is an ideal fiber for beginners.
The 32 minute DVD video (see sample below) will play in any DVD player. It was produced by Nancy's Knit Knacks especially for this kit. It features Nancy Shroyer as the instructor who leads the student through a complete training session on how to spin using a drop
spindle. Nancy is a nationally recognized fiber arts instructor. She will easily teach you how to
All About Cotton Kit Includes tahkli (spindle), six ounces of a variety
of cotton fibers including a cotton boll and punis, and illustrated instructions. It's
fun, give it a try!
Note: Fiber assortment may vary from what is shown at times, depending on availability
- but you will always get six ounces of several forms of cotton, including
naturally colored cotton.
Here are some of the books we carry that deal specifically
with spindle spinning. To see the rest of our spinning book selection, go
to our Spinning Books Page.
HANDS ON SPINNING, Lee Raven. In my estimation, this is the best
book for people who want to learn to spin (this is the book I learned
from!). Takes you through the basic spinning technique on a hooked stick,
to spindle, to wheel. Selection of fleece, washing and carding covered as
well. Includes basic knitting and weaving patterns for using your first
yarn. 120 pgs. Sc, $18.95. #239021
HANDSPINDLES, Bette Hochberg. Handspindles have been in use for at least 6,000 years. There are many different types and styles and ways of using them. Bette Hochberg gives a good background on spindles and spindle spinning. She discusses ten of the most common varieties of spindles, how they were used, and what types of fibers would have been spun on them. Good information. Sc,
WHORLING: A Spinner's Guide to an Old World Skill, Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts.
On the subject of handspindles, high whorl and low whorl, Priscilla A.
Gibson-Roberts is unabashedly opinionated: the high whorl is superior and she shows
why in this book. High Whorling is an inviting book for the new
spinner, covering all aspects of spinning with the high whorl handspindle from
fiber selection and preparation to detailed spinning techniques. It is
also the ideal guide for those with previous experience in low whorl or wheel
spinning who wish to take up the high whorl. Spinners at all levels will
want to study Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts in her (sometimes surprising ) approach
to fiber and spinning techniques, her choice of hand tools, and her own
carefully worked out methods of yarn finish.
ISBN-13: 9780966828900. ISBN-10: 0966828909. 135 pages. Black and
white illustrations. 6 1/8" x 9 1/4" hardcover.
PRODUCTIVE SPINDLING, Amelia Garripoli.
Productive Spindling... a 21st century look at top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle methods to boost your techniques for efficiency – make productivity fun!
Spindlers will find many useful tips for all kinds of fiber, spindle choices, drafting, joins, plying and finishing. Productive Spindling is packed with photos to show technique, spindles, yarn, and finished items by the author and the worldwide spindling community.
Published by Ask The Bellweather. 8 1/2'' X 11'' Spiral Bound Softcover.
50 pages. $18.00 #139717
THE SPINDLE, Abby Franquemont.
Portable and productive, the hand spindle has been responsible for creating the world's yarn for millennia. In Respect the Spindle, veteran spinner and spindle aficionado Abby Franquemont teaches spinners old and new how to create incredible yarn with this amazing, yet simple tool.
Many contemporary spinners view the hand spindle as a beginner's tool, suited to learn the basic steps of spinning before moving on to a spinning wheel. In Respect the Spindle, Abby emphasizes the spindle's importance and its use in making yarn in advanced ways for high-end to novelty cloth.
The perfect how-to book for any spinner with a growing collection of spindles or even just a dowel, Respect the Spindle includes:
Step-by-step photography with detailed illustrations, making the spindle spinning techniques clear to even the novice spinner.
Techniques from the basics, such as getting started on the spindle, to more specialized techniques, such as using the spindle to make specific kinds of yarn faster than imagined.
Profiles of spindle spinners from various traditions are presented in sidebars throughout the book, which introduce heartwarming and historical fiber stories from around the world.
Five simple projects give spinners practice in creating a variety of yarns and patterns.