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I had the pleasure of visiting with one of our Chat and Forum members. Kat Walton is an accomplished spindle spinner and here are some projects that she has spun and knit. These have all been handspun, on a Turkish drop spindle. Proof that you don’t need expensive equipment to make fabulous things. Kat also demonstrated how she spins on her drop spindle.

This shawl was spun using a drop spindle, and dyed with natural dyes.


This pillow cover is a blend of wool and llama, spun using a drop spindle, and dyed with natural dyes.

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This knitted hat is made of spindle spun yarn


This knitted vest has been spindle spun from dog hair. It is delightfully soft and warm, similar in texture to angora rabbit wool. The color shading is natural.

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Handspinning Books: Wool Spinning

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer)
This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more.
UK: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame.
UK: Whole Craft of Spinning

In Sheep’s Clothing
A comprehensive look at the characteristics of wool of 100 breeds of sheep, this guide gives special attention to fleece characteristics, methods of preparation and spinning, and best end use.
UK: In Sheep’s Clothing

The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber
The vast world of sheep and their wool into the language and context of knitting.
UK: Knitters Book of Wool

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Last Updated on March 18, 2018 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi