Did you know – Drop Spindles
Spindle is a straight spike usually made from wood used for spinning, twisting fibers such as wool, flax, hemp, cotton into yarn. It is often weighted at either the bottom, middle, or top, commonly by a disc or spherical object called a whorl
Spindles come in many different sizes and weights depending on the thickness of the yarn one desires to spin.
Whorl weighted spindles date back to at least the Neolithic (New Stone Age) times.
Neolithic times: 10,200BC – 4,500-2,000BC
Spindle spinning has many cultural references and closely associated with many goddesses including Holda (Germanic goddess of agriculture), Frigg (Norse goddess of wisdom), Freya (Norse goddess of love, fertility, gold, war), Athena (Greek goddess of wisdom, inspirations, law and justice, arts), as well as the Greek Fates and others
In fairy tales this is shown in Sleeping Beauty. Aurora pricks her finger on the spindle on her spinning wheel on her 16th birthday.
Drop spindles are named such because they drop down from the yarn after rotation has started on either one’s thigh or other body part.
The spinner is able to move round while spinning, this makes it very portable
Jen likes to pace while she spins on a drop spindle
#wildstitchers many top whorl spindles that you can choose from. Most of these are laser cut to be extremely well balanced do get a nice long even spin when using them. When you purchase a drop spindle from us you also get 1 oz of fiber so you can start making yarn right away
If you would like to learn how to spin yarn on a drop spindle you can take Shannon & Jason Mllett-Bowlsby @shibaguyz class “Drop it Like it’s Hot” at #STITCHESMidwest the morning on Sunday August 5th.
@WildStitchers will also be at #STITCHESmidwest in booth 320 & 322 August 2nd – 5th in Shamburg, IL we would love to show you what spindles we have to offer and hear about your spindle spinning experience. So stop on by!