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Spindle weight 0.7 ounces
Shaft length4-1/2 inches
Whorl width 2-1/2 inches
The shaft is made of dymondwood in the color of Purple Passion.
The whorl is also dymondwood in the color of Raspberry Twirl.
The wood used in these spindles is called dymondwood. It is laminated veneers that have been impregnated with dye and phenolic resin. The veneers are compressed under high pressure and heat to bond them together, making it a super strong solid piece of wood. This is not the same as plywood, which is layers of wood glued together without the heat bonding.
We do not dye this wood ourselves it is purchased already dyed.......see the August 12th threadsthrutime blog. There are sometimes streaks in the color where the dye didn't penetrate the wood totally.... I take very accurate photos please click on them to make them larger so you can see the colors in the wood. I have recently been told the dye is fading or coming off.....that dye is very much premanent and will not come off.....sometimes the blue colors have fine white or beige streaks in the wood.....it is not a crack...it is the color in the wood. We do not use fillers of any kind in the woods. We only sand and wax the woods........the color is either natural or dyed by the manufacturer.
The spindle you see in these photos is the spindle you will receive, it is already finished and ready to be shipped. We ship all orders the day after we receive them unless it comes in on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and then we ship promptly on Monday morning.
Lay a ruler in front of you and look at the length of the shaft when placing a order. If you are just learing to spin on a spindle ...PLEASE do not order a tiny spindle. The tiny spindle is for a more experienced spinner and we do not want you to be discouraged when learning to spin. A medium with a heavy weight is best or a large is better for a person just learning to spin
I spin cotton, silk, and many wool blends on my tiny spindles depending on the weight. The lighter weight tiny spindles are best suited for silks and silk blends. The Medium weight spindles can be used for spinning silks, silk blends, cottons and wool fibers. The heavier spindles are good for plying and make a excellent first spindle for beginners. With practice and experience you can spin just about anything on any weight spindle.
A good general guild line is as follows:
0.4 oz.-0.8 oz. will spin a fine lace to finger weight yarn.
0.9-1.4 will spin fingering to sports weight yarn.
1.5-2.0 will spin a sport up to bulky yarn as well as make a good plying spindle.
Turkish spindle make good beginners spindles because they are well balanced and easy to use. You do not have to have a lot of extras tools as this one will make a ball as you spin and wind on.
You can also use them as support spindles and spin short fibers such as cotton, camel, yak and cashmere's. I use handcarders and make rolags to spin my short fibers unsupported or supported. I do this on a medium spindle with a weight of 0.9 up to 1.4 ounces.
Have you ever spun a really cool single yarn and left it that way because you couldn't find anything to ply with it? You can spin a really fine single thread on this little spindle and then ply it with that really cool yarn......spin some glitz or silk and add some luster and pizazz to it.
I include instructions for spinning on a Turkish spindle as well as a sampling of fiber to play with when the spindle arrives