Drop Spindle Spinning

roving spun onto a drop spindle:Credit: Peter van der Sluijs / CC BY-SA \(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0\)

An accessible method of spinning can be accomplished using a drop spindle. A drop spindle is a modified top that one manually spins in order to add twist to the fiber. This is an ancient practice that still largely resembles its process from 20,000 years ago. For those interested in how these techniques varied in medieval times by region, you may enjoy this demonstration of technique.

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