How heavy should a drop spindle be?
“Your first drop spindle should weigh 2 to 3 ounces. Many beautiful lighter-weight spindles are available, but wait before you try one, because a medium-weight or heavier spindle will spin longer while you learn to draft out the fibers.
How do you make a dowel spin?
Insert the dowel through the grommet and position the CDs about 2 inches down from the hook for a top whorl spindle or 10 inches down for a bottom whorl spindle. Test your spindle for smooth rotation and balance by placing the end with the hook on the table and giving the top of the shaft a hearty spin.
What is the best drop spindle for beginners?
For a beginner We would suggest a medium-weight top whorl spindle, of about 50g to 75g (2 to 3oz). If you continue to explore spinning, it is worth experimenting with different spindles to find which style you prefer.
How much yarn can you make on a drop spindle?
Yes, you can spin on a three ounce spindle. It just feels heavy! And, at 3 ounces, it really pulls, even against thick yarn — so once again, you’re using shortdraw and paying attention to staple length, to stop the spindle from dropping. As for me, I usually plan to pack about 1 ounce of fiber onto a spindle.
What are 2 inch drop spindles?
Drop-spindles relocate the shaft to a higher position, typically 2-3 inches higher than the original. Doing this allows your wheel to be higher in the fender well, thus lowering your truck. Installing drop-spindles allows you to continue to use the vehicles factory spring and shocks.
How do I choose a drop spindle?
First and foremost, you want a balanced drop spindle that spins true. This means that when it spins, it doesn’t wobble around, which can cause issues with your singles yarn. The other factor that is important is weight; lighter spindles allow for finer spinning, while heavier spindles are good for thicker spinning.
How do you hand spindle?
Spin the spindle with your lower hand by flicking the top of the shaft or rolling the long part of the shaft up your leg. Pinch the fiber and yarn together with your lower hand. Your upper hand will be an inch or two from the point where the yarn is entering the fiber.
What do you mean by spindle?
1: a slender round rod or stick with narrowed ends by which thread is twisted in spinning and on which it is wound. 2: something (as an axle or shaft) which has a slender round shape and on which something turns. spindle. noun.