Spindles are an ancient tool used around the world in a variety of cultures for spindle spinning a variety of fibers.
It's amazing that all fabric began this way for thousands of years. Every bit of cloth started with someone spinning it into yarn or thread by hand using a spindle.
We tend to take things like cloth for granted now that we have machinery to make the process faster.
Think about it: Famous historical figures like Cleopatra, Jesus, Charlemagne, and even Columbus all wore clothing that began handspun on a spindle.
The two types function the same way by twisting the fiber into yarn. The difference is in how they are operated.
There are also some variations in drop spindle types depending on where the whorl is placed.
Spindles are still as fast as or faster than a wheel for spinning strong, fine yarns, but they require more training and skill. Spinning wheels can produce good results with less study in form and technique, so they became popular as a way to use cheaper unskilled labor.
To study spindle spinning is to study world cultures. I would love to learn more about the different types and the places they come from!
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