I felt this little guy deserved a post of its own. 🙂
I had been wanting a new spindle for quite some time. But, I hadn’t found one that really got me. After collecting 17 spindles (at my last count), I still have a wish list for spindles…I want a moosie, a Silver Lace spindle by Golding, something by Malcolm Fielding, and a Jenkins Turkish Spindle too. It’s always nice to have something out there to look forward to someday. But this time, I was attracted to this little guy.
I got a Bosworth mini flame box elder with bloodwood shaft top whorl spindle. Out of all the spindles I saw yesterday that were within the price range I intended to spend yesterday, this was the one that “spoke” to me. It’s got soul and a little bit of fire too, I think.
The streaks of red in the wood of the whorl are thought to be due to injuries by boxelder bugs. Since I’m not a scientific-type, I can’t say how true that is or not. But I can say that the “wounds” do tend to make the wood that much more beautiful to me. The red shaft just made this a perfect fit for me right now.
I had to get some fluff to spin on this immediately, and at a Sheep and Wool Festival, I was bound to find something appropriate, lol.
Laurel found me a bin full of small lengths of colored roving for a couple bucks each. So, I found some that I thought would work. They were really easy to put into bird’s nests.
Since I had a little extra time today, I decided to show you guys how I learned how to make a bird’s nests…I’m thinking I started making these when I was learning to make combed top with mini-combs…but I can’t be sure.
I start by wrapping the fiber around my first two fingers a couple times. Depending on the length, you can do this multiple times.
Then, I wrap it another couple times around those fingers and the third finger. Again, the number of times you wrap it depends on the length you’re wrapping.
If I still have length left, I add the last finger and wrap around all of the fingers until I get to the end of the length. These weren’t really that long to have to do that.
Lastly, I tuck the tale up into the center from the bottom.
Once I’m ready to use it, I can just pull out the start from the center at the top of the nest, give it a quick snap so the length falls out again and start spinning.
I love making nests because they’re compact, easy to work with and highly photogenic. 🙂
This spin was done in no time. There’s a sweet, little skein.
Who’d have thought this wounded soul of a spindle could produce such a cute, little skein, huh? It’s obviously got talent, strength and beauty.
I love this spindle.