How to Use a Drop Spindle
by Elham Atighi Lorestani
Drop spindle spinning is a great way to make yarn. A drop spindle is a great introduction to the world of spinning and is often a first step to a spinning wheel. Spindles have been used to turn wool into thread for thousands of years. It’s a fairly simple technique that is easy to master but it does require a bit of practice.
There are two versions of drop spindle; a bottom whorl drop spindle and top whorl drop spindle. Both drop spindles come with leader strings and are used the same way. The top whorl is easier for the park and draft as you keep the shaft of the spindle between your knees.
A drop spindle is used for spinning or twisting fibres like sheep wool, ftax, hemp, horsehair, cotton etc. into yarn. Spinning begins with preparing the fibre and usually wool is the best choice for beginners. A fibre that is not too grippy or too silky is ideal.
Prepare the fibre by pre-drafting a small amount
3. Do clockwise twist
4. Place the shaft between your knees. Take your pre-drafted fibre and put it through the end of the leader string and hold both end together.
If you drafted the fibre too much during the process and you broke the fibre or your fibre finished, you can twist a new fibre to it easily. Just overlap the end of the fibre with the new fibre and pinch them in the middle. You then need to put a bit of twist into it, continue your spinning.