The spark that started this whole spinning journey was a holiday that my aunt took last month to Tasmania. When she came home, she told me that she had ordered a bag of possum fur … now, it’s possible that this was a somewhat rash decision – considering that at this point neither one of us had a spinning wheel, or even the slightest idea how to spin the fibers into yarn. Nevertheless, the seed of an idea had taken root.
After researching spinning on the web and a few seriously late nights watching Youtube videos on the subject…I came to the conclusion that a proper spinning wheel was (at this point) out of my budget. So I looked into alternatives, namely the top whorl drop spindle.
Basically, something that looks like this…
It is entirely possible that my first attempt at making a drop spindle will simply involve a piece of dowel, a few CDs and a cup hook. But considering that my dad is a carpenter, I do have ambitious plans to make a really beautiful spindle out of wood. I will post instructions and photos of this process here in case you would like to make one as well.