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Wristaff - handmade braid with African bead-whorl

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A wristaff (or wrist distaff) is ideal for use with a drop-spindle when spinning tops/rovings/sliver (please see the last photograph for one shown in use). The weighted braid holds your fibre supply clear of the spindle, and the moveable toggle makes it adjustable to fit anywhere from your wrist to your elbow. Dressed correctly the fibre supply is constant and pulls out smoothly with no need to keep stopping and unwinding. When using a wristaff out-of-doors in the summer, there is no need to have fibres wound around your arm making you hot. Indoors in the winter you can slide your fibre off your arm in seconds to answer the phone or door and your fibre supply stays neat ready for you to pick up again and keep spinning!

These wristaffs are hand-made by my husband, he makes the length of kumihimo braid on his Marudai and neatly whips the braid above and below the bead to hold it firmly in place. The bead is a traditional spindle whorl made in Mali, Africa. As these beads are individually handmade, a few may have small blemishes; where these occur they will be clearly shown in the close-up photographs, so please have a good look before you decide to buy.

The wristaff pictured here weighs 30g, the braid is 38cm long, made of cotton perle and the bead measures 28mm diameter and 27mm high. The wristaff will be supplied in a small velour pouch and comes with step-by-step instructions for dressing and use.

Wristaff - handmade braid with African bead-whorl


  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: black fired clay whorl, coton perle braid, black plastic spring toggle
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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