Weight: 0 g / 1/8 oz
Length: 9" Shaft
Woods: Ancient Kelethin Wood
Hey! Keep reading, you may surprise yourself with this one...
Yes this is a real tool used to spin fibres... and it works. My sample is made using a cotton puni and I obtained this spindle in Olds. You might be surprised at how such a simple tool made yarn but lets look at it a little closer. Alden Amos calls the twisty stick "an experiment in elementary spindle spinning". This tool lets you break down the process of spinning yarn into its basic forms. You have fibre, you add twist and you get yarn. Too little twist and your fibres just slip past one another and too much twist can make your yarn snap on itself. This tool lets you slow down each step so you can focus on each section as you make yarn.
- Dropping your spindle
- Adding too much twist too quickly
- Letting your twist enter your fibre supply
and really just getting to see the processes involved with making yarn.
The wood on the shaft of this spindle is a little rough but that is perfect for this particular tool because you want the wood to have some grip when you are turning it in your hands. If the wood was too smooth, your yarn will slide around (to start) and you may not get as many rotations in as a less smooth shaft would provide.
My favourite of this spindle is the bottom of the shaft. It is a beautiful shade of royal blue. It was obviously put there by the detailed hand of a painter. I believe it is an oil paint made with Lazurite used during the Renaissance. Ok, maybe not.
Length of spin: Indeterminate
Fibre storage ability: Unbelievably good!
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
This would make a very nice gift to anyone who wants to learn how to spin or those who like to sit down while spinning. I am very proud to have this wonderful tool in my collection.