Monday, March 22, 2010

60's Spindle Spinning

Lets get Started!

Begin by putting your cross arms on the spindle shaft and tying your leader to the underside of the spindle with a knot. Be sure to leave enough tail to grab when you want to start the pull for your center pull ball.

Then begin to wrap the leader around the center of the spindle, wrapping around the cross arms, to secure in a solid X formation. Be sure to secure the X on both sides of your spindle.

Do a half-hitch at the top of the spindle at the carved notch.

Tie a loop at the top of your leader to put your roving through to begin spinning.

Spindle will be very light wt. to begin with, but will steady out and spin fast and true very quickly.
This will allow you to get a full 4ozs of fiber with ease without getting too heavy.

I then begin to wrap around my cross arms on one side of the spindle shaft and then the other side.

Remember to leave a tail to pull.

Note: Remember, if you click on the photos, they will enlarge for a better view.

You can start the God's Eye Pattern now, or wait until you have a base of handspun built up first. I usually build a small base, then start my pattern.

Fill spindle to the edge of the X arms and then push down on the ball of handspun to remove cross arms and start center pull ball from leader.

God's Eye Wrap Video

I am left handed so I wrap using my left hand. You can go the opposite way and do the wrap right handed. Wrap which ever way is most comfortable for you.

Let's Begin the Pattern!

Note: Scroll down to bottom of page, hit pause on player to listen to video without music.

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