Once our gang started spinning, it became apparent that we were gonna need more drop spindles. I've fallen in love with my Ashford drop spindle, but it cost almost 20 dollars. With all of us spinning, three spindles were not enough, and then when we all started plying from those spindles onto another spindle...
Well, we needed more.
I thought about buying them. But at the price of my Ashford I might as well go out and buy a spinning wheel - which is already on the wish list.
I went looking for bargain spindles at the Spring Fair. There were some cheap drop spindles for sale. $7 wasn't too bad, but the quality was pretty poor. And well, they looked pretty easy to make.
After consulting several sources, and realizing what simple tools these are, I found exactly the supplies I needed to make them. I know, sometimes it's not worth the fuss to make it, especially if you are busy. But in this case it was totally worth it.
We were able to find what we needed at Hobby Lobby. The dowels were even precut, making this about the easiest project ever.
1. Toy wooden wheels.
2. Dowels to fit inside. (check the diameter on the package)
3. Small cuphooks.
All you do is:
1. Drill a small hole in the end of your dowel for the cuphook.
2. Notch out the bottom of the wheel however you like. (Do this before you put it all together)
3. Push the wheel onto the dowel, about an inch or less from the top.
Usually the fit is tight enough you don't even have to glue it!
4. Screw the cup hook into your drilled hole at the top.
And Voila! You have a drop spindle. Or many of them. It's that easy.
Did I mention that the cost per spindle is $1.75 or less?
We now have a bunch of them.
Enough for every kid at our house to have their own.
Enough for plying.
Enough to personalize! My kids can't wait to paint theirs this week.
As a side note, I spun my first alpaca yarn. It is scrumptious. This was not from commercially prepared roving. This was the free stuff from the farm up the road. Not the easiest stuff to learn on, and it's been a lot of trial and error, and accidental felting. But I now have ONE precious skein of the stuff. It's drying............
If you are interested, see our family's experience with drop spindles,
And my first project made with hand-spun from start to finish.
And stay-tuned for upcoming tutorials on skirting and washing wool for spinning.
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