Handcrafts aren’t always so easy to grasp.
Take spindling, for instance. Some people are naturals. But, I was reminded of my own misadventures in learning to spin when I visited agujas today…I recalled when I first learned to spin-or should I say tried to learn to spin…I got so frustrated, I put the spindles and fiber back into their bag and left them there for nearly seven years!
Fortunately, I had the foresight not to just chuck it all. I ran into some beautiful photos later on in life and decided I would try again. So, I took my spindles back out, queued up netflix and started again. You can see what my progress looked like here. But, as I learned, I found that these days there is so much information out there on spindling and spinning in general that it’s almost impossible not to learn how to spin! This is good information for all of us…
According to Abby Franquemont’s book, RESPECT THE SPINDLE, small children have been learning to spin on these devices practically forever. So, it’s a totally doable pursuit, once you are ready to try it out. There are also quite a few youtube videos on the subject, if you are a visual person like me and need someone to show you the ropes.
Some other folks you may look into would be Amelia of Ask the Belwether and Maggie Casey. If you are starting on a wheel, there is also Judith MacKenzie McCuin. To make matters even easier (I know! you were thinking how is that possible, right?! lol), if you google any of these names a million and one free youtube videos come up! There are a lot of other people who have posted videos there as well. If you use terms like, “handspinning“, or “drop spindle” or “plying on a drop spindle“, they should come up as well. Lastly, there are sites and forums devoted to it too. Try the Spinning Daily’s site or some of the Ravelry spinning groups. I’m particularly in love with Spindle Candy. It feeds my spindle fetish, lol! But, there is also Beginning Spinners and Wannabee Spinners that I also love because they are completely non-intimidating discussion boards.
In fact, if you want to start any time soon, you can get away with it with little to no cost. Here is a site with directions on making a spindle out of a CD. And, if you’d like to look around for one to purchase, there are a ton of etsy shops that sell them. I once bought one on etsy for five bucks!
This is just a sampling of links and information that you can poke around with. But I certainly hope it helps for when you decide you want to jump in. 🙂
P.S. And PLEASE post pics and tell me whenever you decide to start! I LOVE spindle candy!
Okay. Now that that’s out of my system 😉 …
Look what Boy Child got…
His first medal…AND it’s for scholastic achievement! He’s becoming a fabulous young man. 🙂
Girl Child’s day…where do I begin? She was given a wig by her grandmother because she likes to play in hair. Today, she got into the hair cream and tried to condition it. She and I have had talks about putting goo-gons of hair cream in her own hair before…And hair gel…And vaseline. So, this was actually a step up from doing something I had told her not to do. Well, that is, until I found her hurriedly trying to wash it back out with my good shampoo!