Thursday, July 26, 2012

Another New Spindle

The Bendigo finds continue:
I didn't have a turkish drop spindle in my collection. That gap has now been filled. The timber is osage orange which is also used as a natural dye source.
I'm interested in thinking through the folk-engineering of my textile tools. The turkish spindle design is potentially easier to make at home than those that require a turned whorl--though I am yet to test that theory. Meanwhile it's going to take a little bit of getting used to as it handles a bit differently from the others I'm used to. 


Dee said...

This one looks very different to the others. Does the long part or the spindle face up with the weighted part down when this one is is use? I can't see a hook on this one so I am figuring that it must use a different technique to form the thread.

Textile Tragic said...

Yep, the shaft faces up--it's a bottom-whorl spindle--and the little groove is there instead of a hook, so it needs a little hitch to secure the yarn. It's taking a bit of adjustment on my part.