Drop Spindle Spinning

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Decisions, Decisions

Every December, I try to come up with crafting resolutions for the upcoming year, because the ones about exercising more, eating better, budgeting my money, etc., just go nowhere. By now, I’ve learned to refine my existing skills rather than take on new crafts. I’d rather get better at spinning, even after 20 years of…

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The Spinner's Lineage

    One of Judith's most prized spindle whorls is a large, flat one made of a whale's spine. I once interviewed a felter who moonlighted as a substitute teacher. She worked in a somewhat rural area, but she still had to help her students make the modern leap: that the clothes on their backs…

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Anne Clark chronicles her spinning journey stitch by stitch

  I just met handspinner Anne Clark on Facebook, which is where an increasing number of spinners are connecting and sharing their work. Anne shared recently that she is beginning a new project to chronicle her first year as a handspinner. As she prepares to make a blanket with skeins she has spun over the…

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How to Make Your Own Spinning Equipment

    Download your free eBook today! Handspinning naturally attracts DIYers. After all, if you can make your own yarn, why not make the tools to spin it with? You might be tempted to try to make a spinning wheel at home (see www.spinningdaily.com for free Dodec Wheel plans; search “dodec”), but wheels generally require advanced…

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Productive Spindle Spinning: Yes, You Can!

    A mirror-smooth bowl will help keep a supported spindle spinning. Photo from Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp by Stephenie Gaustad. For the past two years I’ve participated in Spinzilla, first as a team member and last year as a Rogue Spinner.  I spent the better part of a month prepping the fiber…

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Hand Spindles: A History

    Though I have been an editor for a few years, I still can’t help but think of myself as a historian. I studied history in college and beyond and spent several wonderful years working for the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, where I spent lots of time playing with sheep and teaching…

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Master Spinning and Plying on a Drop Spindle

    All set to finally learn how to spin! Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE I have long been resistant to the notion of learning how to spin. To my mind, it has always seemed like “one more thing.” Spinning would mean one more piece of equipment to take up floor space…

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Take Your Spindle for a Stroll

    Walking while spinning can offer a number of benefits! Photo by Ann Elizabeth Durham. Spinning doesn't have to be a stationary activity! In today's post, Spinning Daily contributor Ann Elizabeth Durham "walks" us through strolling while spinning. Read on and you'll be outside carving your own path in no time! –Anne Oh, the…

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3-D Printed Spindles are About to Rock the World of Spinning

  TurtleMade 3D printed Turkish spindles. Photo courtesy of Jen Kemery. The addition of twist into loose fibers to create a strong, unified thread is a vital and ancient technology. It's also an evolving technology, and many people within our handspinning community look for ways to incorporate modern materials and design into our craft.  …