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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. 

2 comments:

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.