and original "quill supported" engineering eliminate the "drop"
of a drop spindle, the need for the support of a support spindle
and give a smooth, fast spin, great for medium fine to fine
Spindolyn is made of two parts, the spindle
whorl with it's brass
shaft, and the wooden base with
it's specially shaped brass tube that the shaft rides in.
sits between your knees, tucks in your pocket or outer purse
pocket or fits into a bean bag pouch so that it can sit
comfortably anywhere on your lap.
spindolyn can be used for fine and short to medium and long,
from "cotton to Cotswold" so to speak. It is not a production
spinner, but it is easy, fun and relaxing.
Perfect for spinning sitting down, in the car, tucked in your
pocket, in your easy chair or while lounging on the couch!
The hardwood base and whorls are finished with an oil based
stain in a warm, neutral tone. The final coat is a hand rubbed
non-toxic oil finish of my own recipe of a combination of
beeswax, coconut oil, walnut oil, mineral oil and all natural
lemon oil. (It may be ordered unfinished upon special request.)
(Be sure and read the
instruction sheet enclosed with your Spindolyn)
Spindolyn do I choose? In general, the smaller
(lighter weight) the whorl, the faster the spin, but the
shorter the spin time. The larger and heavier the whorl, the
slower the spin, but the longer the spindolyn will turn.
So spinners who primarily spin fine, lace-weight or
cotton would choose the smaller whorl. For plying, or bulky
yarns, and beginners, you would choose the larger whorls,
and for a multi-purpose spindolyn, a medium sized whorl.
Now, having said that, you can spin any sized yarn on
any spindolyn by adapting your technique. Because it does
not drop and you can slow it down or speed it up to your own
pace, it is very suitable for spinning very even yarns, for
practicing your drafting, and for controlling the amount of
twist. To add more twist to the length of yarn you have just
spun, you simply give the spindolyn another spin before
winding on. The base choice is a personal preference. Many
people like to make a bean bag cover for their base to make
it more stable and comfy, and to act as a “shock absorber”
as the shaft rides in the slightly larger tube.
How do I
tell if my spindolyn is interchangeable with current spindle
and base styles? The newer models all have an
approximately 3 inch shaft below the whorl, and a 3 inch
deep tube. The older model spindolyns have an approximately
6 inch shaft and tube, and will not interchange.
Spindolyn different from spinning on a drop spindle?Yes
and No. The spindolyn is a fully supported spindle. On a
supported spindle such as the spindolyn, tahkli, or the kind
of spindle that rides in a bowl, you draft away from the
spin by moving your fiber hand upward, always upward, away
from the newly spun yarn. On a drop spindle, gravity is
pulling the yarn down, away from you as a spin. The drafting
technique you choose to use is up to you. Advantages of the
spindolyn are that you can change it's speed, or stop it
completely and of course, it doesn't drop!
How do I
wind off of the spindolyn?
Wind your newly spun yarn off the spindolyn shaft the same
way that you wound on, with the spindolyn riding in its base
and the yarn held out perpendicular to the shaft, near the
How do I
care for the spindolyn?
Keep yarn and dust off of the shaft below the whorl, lest it
get into the tube and slow down the spin. Occasionally put a
drop of light spinning or sewing machine oil inside the
brass tube. If something does get inside the tube, you can
fish it out with a pipe cleaner.
Why the choice in tubing?
original tubing was a softer type of material, the quality
of it became variable over time, and I had to find a more
stable and reliable tubing to use, so I experimented with
food grade tubing, both clear and black and found a more
reliable source and material. Some people really like the
clear, some people really like the black, once again,
What happened to the
other styles of Spindolyn? As
a semi-obsessed spinner and inventor, I am continuously
experimenting and improving the Spindolyn (and other
spindle designs) Right now, I am ecstatic over the
performance of the new improved Spindolyns, and am actually
making a dent in some of my fiber stash with it, because I
don't want to put them down.
How come I have seen fancy
spindolyns, but not on your website?
fiber festivals I go on a creative jag and make many unique
spindolyns out of cherry or walnut. You can special order
one if you like, via email. I also from time to time have
fancy spindolyns for sale on my etsy shop.
About the bean bag
many spinners, the bean
bag cover for the base is the ultimate way to go, solving
the problems of skirt wearing, or ample thighs, or odd
positions. It also works as a bit of a shock absorber to
smooth out the spin if the yarn gets wound onto the
first free bean bag pattern can be found here
on my blog.
and now there is another one,here.
time has gone by, more spinners have shared their ideas with
me about pouches, bags and "nests" for their spindolyn,
including just winding a thick scarf around the base.. the
creativity is amazing!