A year on from those first tremulous drops and spins, I am an avid spinner with a special affinity for spindles and their process. Spindles have a magic hold over some spinners. In fact, there are some who never work on a wheel, by choice.
As far as I can tell, every spinner who enjoys spindling seems to have more than one spindle. In fact, some spinners I know have more than 30 or 40. Why so many? Well, each spindle maker has their own criteria for making spindles and spindles have their own personality. Yes, really. Like a mechanic with wrenches, what a spinner wants to work on will dictate which spindle she/he will pick up; the right tool for the right job.
It also helps that spindles are beautiful little things that look lovely stored in a vase or jug.
Because I love to talk about spindles, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on and experiences with some of the little beauties I currently own, in case you were looking to expand your spindle knowledge, too.
Let’s start here.
It’s a Golding Celtic Ring spindle. It is the heaviest spindle in my collection at 55 grams (1.95oz) and I use it for plying, but also for spinning some of the art batts I use in my art yarn creations. It has a long, smooth spin, thanks to the brass ring around the outside, and the motif makes it a joy to watch it spinning.
My friend described it as the luxury car of spindles. I agree. Golding spindles are created in a wide variety of weights and decorative design features to suit many, many spinners. If you get a chance to try one, I’m pretty sure you’ll buy one, but you might have to budget for it.
You can find them out at www.goldingfibertools.com
Now let’s check out the other end of my spindle spectrum with the Trindle.
These spindles are also available in much lighter weights in the Micro Trindle and also in heavier models. The three beads can be changed out depending on what you want for weight or design, allowing for personalizing to a degree not readily available in most spindles.
You can find them at http://www.etsy.com/shop/trindleman
Finally, I’d like to share another new addition to my spindle vase, one that surprised me.
I know not everyone will respond to spindles in the same way but a great feature of the Kundert spindles is that they are very affordable, making it possible to try them out without breaking the bank. This is always a good selling point for spinners trying to decide where
best to spend their budgets.
You can find Kundert spindles at www.kundertspindles.com
I really could go on about spindles for more than anybody has time for in one blog post. I promise I wouldn’t tire of it either. In fact, I’m certain it would only inspire me to go out and acquire more. Instead, I’ll try to get another post done another time, just in case you want to peek at my spindle vase again.
In the meantime, feel free to share the fibre art you’re passionate about. Who knows who might be inspired!