“I don’t want to spin mud” - This is a very common phrase uttered amongst hand spinners and it refers to the frustrating phenomenon of buying the most beautiful, multi-coloured blend of fibres, and then spinning a yarn from it that, from a short distance, looks like a murky brown or dirty grey colour. I’ve done it myself. I bought three hundred grams of World of Wool’s Fairytale blend called “Over the Rainbow” and took it away on holiday to spin. Image copyright World of Wool It’s gorgeous…
Drop spindles are a handy way to keep your hands busy, and an inexpensive (and portable) way to produce homemade yarn. They're perfect for relaxing with family or spending quality evenings by the fire in
To make the loftiest, finest handspun yarn, a supported spindle can’t be beat, so it’s time to pull out a Tibetan spindle or a tahkli and practice spinning supported. Here is some of Heather’s expert advice, which appeared in Spin Off Winter 2016.
Before I started spinning on my first spinning wheel, I learned how to spin on a drop spindle. With this guide, I will explain drop spindle spinning for complete beginners. You will learn everything you need to know from attaching the fiber, to finishing your yarn!