Handcrafted drop spindles

Battle Creek, Michigan | 650 Sales


Handcrafted drop spindles

Battle Creek, Michigan 650 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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from crap to Etsy

I started making spindles because my 27 kids (really we have nine, with seven raised together) all wanted to learn how to spin. My husband ordered a handful of cheap, toy wheel spindles from a seller on Ebay. They were too heavy or too light, they wouldn't spin very long. The kids were frustrated and so was I.

I thought I could do better. So I bought some dowels and toy wheels and bulky cup hooks and some pretty finishes and I made pretty, cheap, toy wheel spindles--that wouldn't spin very long. As my friend Shelly says, "No matter how purty you polish the turd, it’s still a turd."

So I started over. With a boatload of power tools, inexpensive local wood, woodworking medallions, and delicate eye screws, stains, bright colored paints and protective finishes. And they weren’t crap and we could spin. Yay!

Then people suggested I ought to sell them because they weren’t crap--they spin really well and really long. I felt bad about what was out there for the budget-minded… no one should have to try to learn a new craft with crap. So I sell my spindles. I even have stores that sell my spindles. But I can’t make them fast enough to really make much money. I raised a few prices along the way but I won’t raise them more than I already have because they are what they are. And what they should be.

For me, it’s always been more about making new spinners--

(how many times have I heard “I couldn’t spin on spindles, that’s why I have a wheel” or "gave it up entirely"? You more than likely CAN spin on a spindle, just maybe not yet on the spindle you tried–try a different one, different style, different weight. Really, it’s not rocket science…spindling is easy…easier than a wheel even. WITH THE SPINDLE THAT WORKS FOR YOU. I can’t tell you how many times I wish I could jump through the screen and help someone with their stupid spindle.)

--than the money. I know, not a great business plan. But I’m good with it…and if/when I’m not, I’ll stop. Maybe

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  • Shannon

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    One thing many people don't realize about me and my spindles...I first picked up a spindle at our MI Fiberfest in August of 2006 and taught myself to spin. I made my first spindles in Jan/Feb '07, just 6 months before I opened my Etsy shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 27, 2013
Who says a well-spinning spindle has to be expensive? I use American hardwoods (red oak and aspen--did you know that aspen grows very well in fire damaged areas? They spread via root suckers, their roots are protected well below the fire's heat and the burn clearing allows saplings the open sun they need to grow. Very cool!) to keep costs down. My hooks are delicate eye screws (opened and adjusted for the best alignment) rather than clunky cup hooks or more work (and therefor, cost) intensive hand bent wire.

Who says you can't have an alien, a snail, the flag of Europe, or a bundle of spring flowers on a spindle? From the fun and funky to the simple oaks, my large thin whorls are like little Frisbees--floating on air, they'll hit the ground still spinning.

Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
In most cases, I will gladly replace spindles damaged or lost in the mail. Anything else, please contact me so we can work it out.
I accept Paypal. If you wish to pay by another method, please convo me so we can work something out.
Shipping rates increased as of January 27, 2013. International shipping cost has been hit the hardest. In addition to actual postage, my packaging costs are a little more than $2 per 7-8 ounce package (box, tissue, tape, printer paper, ink, etc.). Please bear with me as I try to adjust things as fairly as possible.

As required by Paypal, I use the address attached to your Paypal account--please be sure that address is correct. If you would like your order shipped to another address, please let me know in the order comments or convo me immediately.

I ship USPS first class with delivery confirmation when possible. My shipping fees cover (unused) boxes, packing materials and related expenses. I ship US purchases often daily (currently within 3 days), international *at least* twice weekly

I am secret pal/swap friendly--I'll ship directly to your pal with no packing slip and a nice card with your message.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome custom orders! Tell me what you have in mind and I'll let you know if I can do it. I don't require deposits or prepayment and you are under no obligation to purchase (excepting personalized--ie. name--items).

I've been asked about the glue "residue" on the underside of the whorls. When I glue the whorls, I spin them down into drops (2-3) of glue I place on the shaft. The glue foams a bit and the excess comes out on the underside. I leave that excess because the whorls are rather thin and that collar of glue gives it a little more support. It's also more flexible than other glues I tried when I first started making my own spindles. Drop spindles sometimes do drop and brittle glue often breaks when that happens.

note: All SpinSanity Spindles designs are mine and I retain all rights. Please do not copy or sell--or support those who copy and sell--my work.