I found what was described as an old European spindle on Ebay a while back - it arrived from somewhere in Bulgaria, and looks very similar to a Russian Lace spindle. I'm slowly getting the hang of it, but are there any little tricks I should know that will help keep it under control so my spinning can be consistent?
It has a tiny lip around the top to catch the yarn, but I have to use a half hitch to keep the yarn on the tip.
I have seen the videos on Youtube, but they are not so clear. I have used supported spindles and can generally spin straight off the tip and keep the spindle turning with no problems, but this one has me beat - for the moment, ;-)!
Hi Jayne, You so reckon, hehe? Actually I love it, I just have to learn how to use it a bit more efficiently.
But since you seem to be an expert on these things, I was at a fleece and fibre show near to me in the Adelaide hills, and a local spindle maker had a Russian Spindle and matching bowl that needed to come home with me. Now this is the same shape as all the ones I have seen on the internet, however I feel its rather too thick at the business end, there isn't really a tip at all, its just a bit thinner than further down, if you know what I mean. There is certainly no means of holding the yarn with a tip or anything so I have been contemplating taking the sanding paper to it. I had to modify the last spindle I purchased from him, he's no spinner so is not as conscious as we are to all the nuances of our spindles. How fine do you reckon the tip should be? Should it have a lip to catch the yarn around? The Bulgarian spindle is positively dainty beside this one. It might be time for me to learn how to use a lathe.
Can you post a photo or two so we can see what your new acquisition looks like? It sounds really interesting, I am always fascinated by spindles that rest in bowls.
My Bulgarian spindle:
I would love to see a video of you spinning using that spindle. How inspiring.
Caroline, that Bulgarian spindle looks very interesting! The shape is a lot like the old French spindles we see around here, but yours has that tiny knob at the top of the shaft, and the French ones don't (they usually have a spiral groove instead). The knob makes me think your spindle would be happy working with a half hitch at the top, whether you actually suspend it or not.