Kick Spindle

An interesting twist -pun intended – on spindle spinning

Making Progress

Later this month I’m teaching a two week introduction to spinning course. Here is one of the spinning tools I’ve built recently, a kick spindle.

As a starting point for my design I read this post by Layne Brosius, a.k.a. AFrayedKnotter. My kick spindle is pretty similar to hers. There are two major differences. The first is that I used a 1″ thick piece of poplar with feet, as you can see in the pictures. The weight of the flywheel (a furniture bun foot from Lowe’s) seems to give the device sufficient inertia both to spin for a while and to not slide across the floor during use.  I’ve only used the kick spindle on carpeting and outdoor cement, but I think if I put some rubber feet on the bottom it would stay in place on wood or tile, too.

The second significant change I made is in the…

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A tale of no tales

There have been no tales recently from my workroom, but I have not been idle. There have been preparations for the St. Abbs wool festival last Saturday. The weather was dismal,with a flat grey light leaching the colour from the old red sandstone cliffs of St. Abbs Head and the North Sea uniform grey. Indoors there was colour,yarn, fibre,laughter & lots of fibre enthusiasts buying the glorious goods on offer. The launch of my ‘Fibre Gems’ jewellery collection was very well received which really made my day.

Now I’m getting ready for the ‘Big One’ this March – Edinburgh Yarn Festival on the 14th & 15th,in the Corn Exchange Edinburgh. I will have lots of new shades in my very popular ‘Glenesk’ range,including a beautiful shade of Teal. ‘ Blue Water’ is spun & dryingIMG_2201, ‘Bramble Wine’ is carded & ready to spinIMG_2224

Two new patterns are written up & ready to launch & of course there will be Dorset buttons – 2 new designs there too.

And more Jewellery – some incorporating semi precious stones with the fibre element . Brooches, necklaces, bracelets,earrings & pendants. ‘Sylvia’ sold on Saturday – IMG_2227

Each piece is unique and there will be lots to choose from at the fair, so pop along & treat yourself to some unique jewellery,an original pattern,some unusual buttons or a skein or two of exclusive hand dyed, hand spun local yarn.