Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Toy

The first practical lesson in the Spinning Certificate course on Saturday was Drop Spindling. Spinning on a drop spindle is one of the most basic ways to spin. At first I was cursing, dropping the spindle and feeling incredibly uncoordinated. But after I while I got the hang of it and now it's starting to feel like fun. In fact, a drop spindle works on exactly the same principle as a child's toy top and it's has the same kind of fascination. At the same time I get to work with my favourite fibre in my hands. That sounds like a good deal.


silkdee said...

i read a historical novel a while ago about a nomadic people and the women and girls would spin using these drop spindles as they walker along. want to try traveling over-land and keeping the rhythm steady?? :)

Textile Tragic said...

aaahm, not for a while yet! I did manage an hour or so of spindle spinning in the library yesterday. I only dropped it twice and didn't swear out loud at all:)