Using a drop spindle to spin wool or any other fibre

A drop spindle is a cheap and easy way to start spinning wool or any other fibre. It gives you a little bit more control than using a wheel and sometimes people prefer to use a drop spindle, particularly for spinning finer yarn..

I no longer keep a shop myself. The list below is a selection of items that I have curated.

Kits

Heidifeathers Starter Spinning Kit - Merino Wool

Everything you need to start drop spinning; 100g wool, a spindle, instructions.

 

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Heidifeathers Natural Wool Starter Spinning Kit - Natural Wool

This kit has 250g wool in natural undyed colours; 10 varieties including Manx Loughtan, Merino , Jacob, and Bluefaced Leicester Humbug. With a spindle and instructions.

 

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The Wool Barn Natural Wool Starter Spinning Kit - Natural Wool

This kit has 200g wool in four natural undyed colours; White/grey/brown/ dark brown Finnish sheeps wool. With a Beechwood spindle and instructions.

 

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Books

Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool by Abby Franquemont

The spindle is very important historically. In fact until the relatively recent invention of the spinning wheel, all cloth was made from yarn spun using a spindle.

It's still the best tool to learn to spin. Experienced spinners build a collection of beautiful spindles and turn to them for the extra control or for the joy of using them.

Abby Franquemont invites us to respect the spindle for all of these reasons. Respect the Spindle is also a how-to guide with five simple projects.

 

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