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There's been much talk of whether a shop's items are actually handmade--as in, by the shop's owner. I pretty much tell you in each spindle's description how it was made. How *I* make them. Now, I want to share a bit more of my process with you.

The last pic is the actual sketch of this design. I started with a yin-yang, then began adding some vines that I originally saw as thicker and more ropey. I actually drew them in a bit thicker. Then I wandered off to get a cold drink and when I returned, the hearts bloomed. I sketched the design on the whorl and began painting. The hearts were more of a coral. The vines were all bright citrus green. I was going to add some striping in funky colors to the shaft. But I saw red and black. Not coral and green. Just to be sure, I added some red and black to the original sketch. Just to be sure. And I was. I carefully scraped all of the green vines off and repainted red and black. Black and white striping for the shaft? No. No white on this one. More curly vines on the shaft, with touches of red. But it still needed stripes, I could *see* them. Ahhh, there they are, on the edge of the whorl.

Whorl: aspen, 3 inches, hand-painted in red/black
Shaft: natural hard wood with coordinating detailing
Total Weight: .65 oz/18 gms
Total Length (including hook): 9 inches/23 cms

Fine Details: I cut my whorls from actual boards, using a drill press with a hole saw--these are NOT craft store blanks! Each is then carefully shaped and sanded to a smooth, snag-free finish prior to further decoration. I use tiny, brass eye screws (opened, adjusted and tweaked for the best spin for each individual spindle) rather than bulky cup hooks. Once complete, each spindle is sealed with several coats of premium satin polyurethane, hand-rubbed with fine steel wool between coats. Each spindle is signed, dated and the weight added in fine print on the bottom of the whorl.

This spins like a dream! The light weight makes it perfect for those slippery and/or short staple luxury fibers. Wonderful for spinning lace and fingering weights.

An awesome choice for the beginner (much better than those clunky student spindles) or the collector.

drop spindle, (small) Hearts Yin-Yang, .65 oz top whorl


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  • Materials: aspen, brass, paint, polyurethane
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